NE1's Cocktail Week - not long to go!

Everyone loves a good cocktail, from the most simplistic to the most complicated concoctions. So, it's with great excitement that NE1's Cocktail Week makes a return next week. With cocktails all priced at either £3, £5 or £7 at 40 city centre venues, there is no excuse not to partake in this 'let's all go out on a school night' week.

There are some regulars on the list; Barluga / As You Like It / Livello, but it's great to see the new bars on the block since the last Cocktail Week. I'm most excited my usual most-visited haunts are taking part in such a high profile week for NE1. Click on the logos below to take you direct to your cocktail voucher.

Additionally, NE1's Restaurant Week is set to make a return in August - and the news of the year is that Kenny Atkinson has already signed up to take part. This is a fantastic opportunity for a diner to test the restaurant before splurging on the full tasting menu, however whether you needed a test is yet to be questioned - he is going from strength to strength with his army of passionate fans of his innovative tasting menu. All other restaurants are yet to be confirmed - but I'm sure the line up will be just as good as earlier in the year.

The NE1 Restaurant Week and Cocktail Week initiatives are perfect for the non-committal foodie to experience new places, and for the well fed foodie to save some money. We increasingly expect great things from these showcase weeks - a chance for all local, independent restaurants and bars (including some chains) to open their doors to the North East and really throw themselves in to offering something that will wow a diner enough to return and pay full price on their next visit. That's the theory, and it's great to see 99% put it in to practice. Personally, gold stars on this one go to Electric East, Cafe 21, Cafe Vivo and Blackfriars.

NE1's Cocktail Week is 14th - 20th July 2014, so ladies*, put on your heels, grab the girls and go for a cocktail or two three four.  Download the all important vouchers on the website here, and enjoy!

K x

*Gents, just put your shoes on and go.