Lagos Cocktail Week 2018 : discover Nigeria’s cocktail scene

The fifth edition of the Lagos Cocktail Week took place from the 16th to the 18th of October at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 3-day festival gathered numerous local celebrities such as actress Ini Dima-Okojie, influencer Mimi Onalaja or chef Uzo Orimalade, who took part to the various activities offered.

The main event was introduced by a Bar Crawl on the 4th of October. Five bars in Lagos offered the participants diverse cocktails and spirits samples to demonstrate their talent and creativity. The participating bars were Signature Lounge, Brass and Copper, Backyard Bar and Grill, South Eatery and Buzz Bar.

Then, several conferences were held around one theme: “Changing the African Cocktail Narrative Through Collaboration and Creativity”.

The festival also included a Bar Battle as well as Cocktail Industry Awards. Among the winners were:


  • Best Cocktail Bar



  • Best Indigenous Spirit Brand with Global Focus

Grand Oak, Seaman’s Schnapps


  • Best Hotel Bar

Sky Lounge, Eko Hotel


  • Mobile Cocktail Bar of the Year

Cocktails In and Out


  • Best Drink/ Spirit Marketing Campaign

Campari, Make It Red


According to Lara Rawa, founder of the event,  the success of LCW2018 is proof that Nigeria’s cocktail industry is flourishing and that it includes both local and international cocktail culture and know-how.


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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