An Epic Night of Exciting Bar Battles, SME Empowerment & a Fun Finale at Lagos Cocktail Week 2022

Lagos Cocktail Week has become one of West Africa’s landmark events, celebrating the craftsmanship behind mixology and the cocktail culture in Nigeria through events, seminars and training since its inception in 2014. This year marked the 8th edition and celebrated the amazing individuals and organisations “Behind the Bars, Drinks & Brands.”

The 9-day event started on October 14th with an exhilarating Mastercard-sponsored Bar-Hop activity in which cocktail lovers enjoyed unique African-infused signature cocktail creations across top bars in Lagos and ended with a two-day seminar and grand finale. The Cocktail Village, a two-night event, was truly epic, as guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails from partner brands.

Attendees also enjoyed networking, music, games, and the most anticipated activity, the Bar
Battle, which took place at the grand finale that Friday. Notably, several female bartenders participated in the bar battle activities this year, which was amazing to witness, as the bartending industry in Nigeria is mostly male-dominated. Mastercard awarded cash prizes to three restaurants for their cocktail creations: Slow Lagos, Noir Lagos, and 355 Lagos.

The sponsoring drink brands also gave the winners of each Bar Battle Challenge cash prizes. In addition to the eclectic guests that attended the event, celebrities and influencers were also in attendance, including Toolz, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Diane Russet, Alex Unusual, Denola Grey, Mimi Onalaja, Uriel Oputa, and more.

Angel Style Connoisseur Obasi

Chief Alex

White Money

Denola Grey & Friends


Erica Nlewedim

Jeff Banks

Daniel Etim Effiong & Efa Iwara

Fayrouz Challenge winner, Blessing Thompson receives cheque

Omowunmi Dada

Tools Demuren



Mimi Onalaja

Lara Rawa and Lagos State commissioner of Arts and Tourism, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

Uriel Oputa

Elizabeth Anthony, Tonya Alonge and other


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