Event Now Passed: A cocktail of laughs

The Thinking Drinkers tour comes to Underbelly Festival, South Bank

WHEN: 12–13 April 2019
WHERE: Underbelly Southbank, Belvededere Road, Coach Park, London, SE1 8XX
COST: Tickets from £18 (includes £1.50 in booking fees per ticket)
Duration: 60 minutes
Advice: Strictly 18+ Contains swearing and alcohol drinking

Returning to the capital after a sell-out six-month nationwide tour, the Thinking Drinkers are inviting you to join them on ‘a pub crawl with a difference’ at the Underbelly Southbank Festival.

Espousing their ‘drink less drink better’ message, award-winning drinks writers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham take to the stage on April 12-13 for the last two performances of their latest show.

So join them as they embark on a metaphorical bar hop through history – and you’ll even get to taste five fabulous drinks.

Beginning with the wine-sipping of ancient Greece, to Wild West saloons, Victorian gin palace all the way to the Great British pub, the duo will take you on a journey through the world’s most wonderful watering holes.

“Whether it’s neolithic man crouching down around a fire with a bowl of fermented grain, Greek philosophers gathering together to unearth the essence of our existence through the prism of a wine cup or the Founding Fathers creating America, drinking establishments have been the keystone of global culture since civilisation began,” says McFarland.

And it’s educational as well as entertaining.

As Sandham explains: “Without pubs or bars, we wouldn’t have had DNA, democracy or Dickens yet, shamefully, we are letting them disappear never to be seen again. Amid a depressing digital dystopia, we’re losing our beloved locals thanks to characterless chain coffee shops, crippling taxation and, worst of all, pesky neo-Prohibitionists. It’s time for us all to put down our phones, pick up a pint – and maybe a packet of tasty nuts – and breathe life back into the struggling British boozer before it’s too late.”

You’ll learn and laugh a lot!