The program for World Class Cocktail Week has launched. In it you’ll find information on all the cocktail-focused events planned for 2016’s festival – everything from the Black Pearl’s Tiki takeover, to Nieuw Amsterdam’s Negroni mix-up. You’ll also find information on how to purchase tickets. This is your chance to learn from our city’s finest bartenders, taste some creative and interesting drinks, and gain a new appreciation for a well-made cocktail.

The week kicks off on April 4 with Magic Mountain Saloon’s cocktail and tea pairing class; Berlin Bar’s live-action murder-mystery event; and Cookie’s savoury Martini-making masterclass, where you’ll learn how to balance and blend savoury flavours. On day two there will be another tea and cocktail pairing class – this time at Nieuw Amsterdam – and a lesson in classic cocktails at our city’s only Peruvian picantería, Harley House.

Wednesday is packed with events such as Eau De Vie’s five-course cocktail degustation (held around its custom-built table, complete with an ice moat) and Neighbourhood Wine’s New Orleans-inspired crawfish meet where you’ll drink Tanqueray and Don Julio-based cocktails and snack on plates of cured seafood. The Transit rooftop bar is throwing a Prohibition-era speakeasy-themed party that night, too.

Supernormal is making its private dining room available for an hour of karaoke, Japanese cocktails and lobster rolls on Thursday. Le Bon Ton will teach you all about whisky-based drinks, and feed you a smokehouse feast. It’s also the second night of The Collection’s Swine & Dine event, so another opportunity to learn how to make bacon cocktails over plates of bacon-stuffed bao.

Head into the weekend with Polly’s AC/DC party; Double Happiness’s hip-hop remix night (both with ’80s-inspired drinks and tunes); and Boilermaker House’s whisky masterclass. Finish it with a British brunch at Ike’s at The Beaufort, and an afternoon of Magaritas and Mexican eats at Mamasita.

Many venues are also offering a special cocktail for the duration of the week. Botherambo is putting a Thai twist on the Espresso Martini; Hanoi Hannah is putting a Vietnamese spin on the Bloody Mary; and Ugly Duckling is offering four cocktail tasting flights, each with a different base spirit.

For the full program guide and to buy tickets to these events and more visit the World Class Cocktail Week hub.

This article is presented in partnership with World Class.