Thinking Drinkers


The Thinking Drinkers Guide To Alcohol
Arts Theatre London 12th October


"The spirit of the Fringe flows throughout."  Mail on Sunday in association with Sally Homer present

The Thinking Drinkers Guide to Alcohol

The Arts Theatre, London for one night only! 12 October 

In Association with London Cocktail Week


"A wonderful show" Edinburgh Evening News


Fresh from an immensely successful debut run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, award-winning drinks experts and writers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham are bringing their unique elbow-bending show to London's West End for ONE NIGHT ONLY as part of London Cocktail Week.

"This is brilliant. I love this show." The Skinny ****


The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol will mesmerise both the mind and the mouth. While each audience member is given six super-premium spirits, each and every one an imbibing epiphany, Tom and Ben will celebrate alcohol's indisputable influence on life, love, literature and learning since the dawn of time…and maybe even before that.


"The most entertaining free drinks event I've ever been to" Dom Joly


Tom and Ben will reveal how the much demonised drink has, in actual fact, oiled the wheels of civilisation and invigorated the minds of history's greatest figures including Dinosaurs, Jesus Christ, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill.


"Fantastic drinks, with fascinating discussion from funny people" Three Weeks ****

"Impressive….Downright Hilarious" West End Whingers ****


The founders of will lead you gently, and amusingly, down the path to 'spiritual enlightenment' while proving that, contrary to received wisdom, answers to a lot of life's most searching questions can be discovered at the bottom of a glass. Regardless of whether you're an adventurous imbiber or a disbelieving drinker, you need to let this amusing, illuminating and entirely inimitable experience into your liquid life…a life that, quite frankly, is far too short to drink badly.

"McFarland and Sandham are huge and loveable personalities" Scots Gay Magazine ****

"They put across the art of drinking with flair" The Scotsman


McFarland, twice named 'Beer Writer of the Year', said: "Our aim is to empower audience with a more enlightened appreciation of alcohol in all its finest forms. There'll be laughing and tomfoolery-laden tastings, friendships will be formed, romances will be sparked, imaginations will be inflamed and inhibitions will be shown the door. Oh…and did we mention the free drinks?"

Ben McFarland, 35, is a leading drinks writer twice been named "British Beer Writer of the Year" – the first as the youngest ever recipient. The author of two award-winning books on beer – Good Beer Guide West Coast USA (which he wrote with Tom Sandham) andWorld's Best Beers: 1000 Unmissable Brews from Portland to Prague, he is a regular contributor to Jamie Magazine, the Spectator, Conde Naste Traveller, the Guardian, the Independent and The Telegraph. As well as regular TV and radio appearances, he also reviews pubs and bars for Time Out.

Tom Sandham Tom Sandham, 34, is an award-winning drinks writer and spirits & cocktail expert. Currently writing the World of Cocktails, to be published by Jacqui Small next year, he pens an online cocktail blog with the Times and contributes to Esquire, the Observer, Spectator and Jamie Magazine. He is the former editor of the world's leading magazine for bartenders and Soho House magazine House Tonic. As well as  co-creator of with Ben McFarland, he heads up the industry Top 50 Bars of the World project and has also featured on radio and television, hosted industry awards ceremonies and consulted for the leading spirits companies.

Listing Details: The Thinking Drinker's Guide To Alcohol
  The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street                         

Dates: 12th October Time: 10.30pm. Tickets: £12 (£10)                            

Booking:    0845 017 5584

STRICTLY 18 AND OVER (be prepared to show proof of age or risk non-admittance)

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