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World Class Cocktail Week is back in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane

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 and it’s going to be lit.

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.

It’s all about celebrating not only quality bevs, but also, about bringing about some well-deserved attention on some of the country’s best talent in hospitality that are masters at the art of a good cocktail.

“Shining a light on some of Australia’s best hospitality talent, World Class Cocktail Week celebrates the skill, creativity and inspiration that goes into creating cocktails,” said Natalie Ng, Australia’s World Class Ambassador. “The events provide a fantastic opportunity for venues to showcase what they are best at and guests to experience cocktails in new, fun and interactive ways.”

How are they celebrating exactly? With a veritable tonne of things on between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane for the week. Here’s what’s happening in each city…

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More than forty events will be held across Sydney during the course of the week. Three of Bondi’s most beloved food destinations are joining forces for three-course roaming dinner, with each dish and matching cocktail served at a different restaurant on the same block – Neighbourhood, Drake and Milky Lane. The award-winning This Must Be The Place will present a multiple course exploration through the minds of the team, while Longrainserves 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 at1806, 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.

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In Brisbane, lovers of the good life 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.

PDT Pop-Up at The Attic, Black Pearl

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 camaraderie in their staff.

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