The annual World Class Cocktail Week returns to Australia this May, with seven days of masterclasses, tastings and tutorials by some of Australia’s best bartenders and chefs. Celebrating its biggest showing yet with over 100 experiences across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, the event runs from 7-13 May, culminating on World Cocktail Day.
More than forty events will be held across Sydney during the course of the week. Three of Bondi’s most beloved food destinations, Neighbourhood, Drake and Milky Lane, are joining forces for three-course roaming dinner, with a dish and matching cocktail served at each different restaurant. The award-winning This Must Be The Place will present a multiple course exploration through the minds of the team, while Longrain serves up a specially created banquet matched with unique Asian-inspired cocktails. Sydneysiders can also enjoy an Italian Happy Hour, complete with aperitivo, mortadella and meatballs, at Maybe Frank, learn how to make sensational margaritas and tacos at home with Barrio Cellar, or taste their way through artisan gelato paired (and created) with Scotch whisky at The Wild Rover.
Melbourne offers another forty bespoke cocktail experiences including a journey through the world of whisky at 1806, a luxury boat cruise with a three-course feast by Vaporetto Bar & Eatery and a cocktail-matched, five-course degustation at Hochi Mama. Melbournians can learn how to use native Australian ingredients in cocktails at Bad Frankie, taste ‘Seven Cocktails in Seven Days’ at The Ugly Duckling and celebrate the Negroni at Nieuw Amsterdam.
In Brisbane, cocktail lovers can choose from a cocktail menu designed by some of Brisbane’s best at The Bowery, select their own botanicals to create a dream gin and tonic at Pony Dining and drop into Buffalo Bar to pair a classic American Reuben Sandwich with a World Class Boilermaker cocktail. For southern US flavours, Seymour’s Cocktails and Oysters will host a New Orleans cocktail dinner inspired by historic New Orleans bars and restaurants, while The Cobbler presents an in-depth masterclass on creating whisky cocktails from the home kitchen.
World Class Cocktail Week will also see two of Australia’s most acclaimed bars swap residence for two night. Bartenders from Melbourne’s Black Pearl will trade places with the team from Sydney’s Bulletin Place, celebrating the close bond between the two bars – Bulletin Place’s founders, Adi Ruiz, Tim Phillips and Robb Sloan, became friends while working at Black Pearl and have retained that sense of comradery in their staff.
What: World Class Cocktail Week
When: 7th-13th May
Where: Venues around Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane