Published on 26th of April 2017
By Ella Dumbrell
A WEEK OF COCKTAILS? AH, YES PLEASE!
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. 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 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 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.
Wold Cocktail week is hosting a multitude over incredible events that are not to be missed.
Kolide top picks
6PM IN ITALY at Made In Frank
Happy hour in Italy – complete with aperitivo and lots of food.
Leave Sydney behind and experience a local version of happy hour in Italy with a curated menu of five modern aperitif cocktails, each with accompanying tapas inspired by classic Italian pairings. The bar at Maybe Frank will be dressed like a genuine Italian bar, with free finger food including meatballs and mortadella, and a pizza menu
COST: $20–25. Each aperitif cocktail is $18 and comes with free tapas.
WHEN:May 7–13, 5–8pm. The event will run all evening Sunday from 5pm to 10pm, and then until 8pm each evening for the rest of the week.
TANQUERAY THREE WAYS AT Bistro Moncur, Moncur Mosman + Woollahra Hotel
Gin three ways: with tonic, in a Martini or a World Class cocktail.
Experience the versatility of gin through three unique styles of drinks. Choose from Tanqueray No. Ten with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic and selected botanicals ,a Tanqueray London Dry Martini with grapefruit zest, or a “Looking Glass” from Matt Watt’s World Class 2017
COST: Try all three for $45 or individually for $14, $20 and $45 respectively.
WHEN:May 7–13, 4pm. The cocktails will be available all week from 4pm, no booking required.
BUBBLES + OYSTERS AT QT HOTEL
Pair fresh locally caught oysters with QT’s version of a classic French cocktail.
It’s a classic pairing, and one not to be tampered with. During World Class Cocktail Week, QT Hotel will offer a take on the classic French 75, made with Tanqueray gin, champagne, lemon juice and sugar, paired with a duo of fresh local oysters.
COST: The pairing will be available from midday each day of the week for $24, with no reservation required.
WHEN: May 7–13, 12pm
WHERE: May 7–13, 12pm The special will be available in both the Gilt Lounge and the Gowings Bar.
WORLD CLASS COCKTAL WEEK X ICEBERGS
Enjoy a classic view of the ocean with an indulgent tasting menu, complete with optional cocktails.
The iconic beachside dining room and bar will run a tasting menu with matching cocktails exclusively for World Class Cocktail Week. The menu will feature six dishes, ranging from smaller appetisers to mains and two typesof dessert, to be paired with a choice of three cocktails to accompany the dishes. The drinks will feature Don Julio Reposado tequila, Tanqueray gin and Bulleit Rye whisky, as well as a twist on the classic Sgroppino made with prosecco and Ciroc vodka.
COST: The tasting menu alone is $120 per person, and all matching cocktails are anadditional $65 per person. Bookings are highly recommended, and made by calling the venue.
WHEN May 7–13, 12pm
THE ART OF PAIRING AT LONGRAIN SYDNEY
Enjoy a specially crafted Thai banquet paired with cocktails to complement.
The team at Longrain has created a Thai banquet for World Class Cocktail Week, designed to be paired with unique Asian-inspired cocktails. The cocktails aim to enhance the harmony of the four key elements in Longrain’s signature Thai food – hot, sweet, salty and sour. A spicy curry will sit alongside a sweet cocktail accompaniment, while sweeter dishes will command a dry cocktail to revitalise the palate. The banquet will feature some of Longrain’s signature dishes bearing Thai and Chinese influences, as well as some new additions. Call venue to book.
WHEN: May 9, 7pm
BONDI ROAMING DINNER AT China Diner, Neighbourhood Bondi and Milky Lane
One way to avoid choosing where to eat: stay on the move.
It’s not easy choosing where to eat sometimes. Here’s a solution to your indecision. Join the Bondi Beach crew at China Diner, Neighbourhood Bondi and Milky Lane for a roaming three-course feast with matched cocktails,exclusive to World Class Cocktail Week. Your ticket will get you one course and one cocktail at each restaurant. Don’t worry, all venues are within a block of each other so you won’t be walking far. Tickets can be booked online.
COST: $95 (minimum two people per booking).
WHEN: May 9, 7pm