World Class Cocktail Week is on. To help you plan your activities, we’ve grouped the events by suburb. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the city is playing host to a majority of Cocktail Week events, but they stretch further afield to Indooroopilly and even as far as the Gold Coast. Wherever you live or work, World Class Cocktail Week has an event to suit you.
Pizza party at Corbett & Claude
Choose any pizza and any cocktail for just $25 for three days during World Class Cocktail Week. Keep it classic with a margherita, or opt for something a little different, such as pork & fennel sausage, red cabbage and shaved apple. For drinks, try the Cloudy with a Chance of Apples, made with Ketel One vodka.
Bitters, tinctures and syrups at Public Bar
Learn how to make your own bitters (alcohol flavoured with botanicals), tinctures (alcoholic plant extracts) and syrups (a thick, flavoured liquid) at this special masterclass. You’ll be shown the ropes, served a Tanqueray No. TEN gin–based cocktail and sent off with small bottles of syrups and tinctures to add to your home bar.
Fine-whisky tasting at The Gresham
Johnnie Walker Whisky Ambassador Sean Baxter will take you through some of the world’s finest whiskies at its tasting event. Expect spirits from top-shelf distilleries including Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Talisker.
Old Fashioned & Fades at Jimmy Rod’s Shave Saloon
A cut or a shave and an Old Fashioned? This is on offer for one day during World Class Cocktail Week. Pop in anytime between 9am and 10pm.
Secret cocktail degustation at a secret location
While we don’t know the exact location of this four-course cocktail and food degustation, we do know it’s in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. The location will be revealed to guests via SMS two hours before the start time.
Cakes and cocktails at Cowch Dessert Cocktail Bar
If you’re more of a dessert than a dinner person, best book yourself into Cowch’s cakes and cocktails event. You’ll be taught how to mix four of its signature cocktails, but better yet, you’ll be fed platters of churros, cakes and dessert pizzas throughout.
Martinis at Madame Wu
If you like Martinis and haven’t yet decided on a location for after-work drinks, head to Madame Wu. They’ll mix you any Martini you like for just $15. Food is available to purchase, too.
Learn, drink and eat at Pony
In this masterclass, you’ll learn how to make five of Pony’s signature cocktails, including the Suzie, made with Ketel One vodka, and the Rum-Soaked Nights, made with Pampero Anejo rum. You’ll also get to snack on some of Pony’s share plates.
Mar-tea-ni at Cuvee Lounge Bar at the Sofitel Brisbane
Four types of Martini will be on offer here, made with either Tanqueray gin or Ketel One vodka. They’ll be served alongside an array of French pastries, cakes and ribbon sandwiches.
World Trip at Vintaged Bar
A different cocktail is on offer every day during World Class Cocktail Week, each one inspired by a different country. Monday’s cocktail, made with Ketel One vodka, is inspired by Holland. Wednesday’s cocktail nods towards Venezuela, with a Pampero-rum base.
Five-course cocktail degustation at Maker
Maker is hosting a specially curated five-course food and cocktail degustation. Two sittings will be available – 6pm and 8pm – but spaces are still limited.
Double masterclass at The Fox Hotel
Two sessions make up this masterclass. The first one will focus on tequila, while the second will focus on other white spirits, such as Tanqueray gin and Ketel One vodka. You’ll be taught what you need to know to mix cocktails at home and be fed canapés during the class.
Cocktails and barkeeps degustation at Cobbler
Each of Cobbler’s bartenders will create a whisky-based cocktail and pair it with a carefully matched dish. There will be five courses all up.
Warm winter food and cocktail degustation at London Fields
London Fields is putting on four courses of food designed to warm you up. There will be hot cocktails to match, too, including Mulled Cider made with Bulleit Bourbon; a Tanqueray gin Hot Toddy; Buttered Rum made with Ron Zacapa rum; and a Blazer made with Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky.
West End block party at End Bar
End Bar is throwing a block party, complete with local DJs playing 90s hip-hop and rap. It has replaced one of its beer taps with a keg of Tanqueray Gin and Juice, pouring all night at $10 a pop.
Behind the scenes at Alquimia Cocktail Tequila Bar
Jump behind the bar at Alquimia and learn how to mix cocktails and infuse spirits. You’ll be fed snacks throughout the masterclass, too.
Martini masterclass: One better than Bond at Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
Learn how to make the perfect Martini, and then learn how to make wet, dry, Churchill, Montgomery and Vesper Martinis. You’ll also learn about garnishes and how to match Martinis with food.
The Penny’s Big Bang special at Canvas
The Penny’s Big Bang, Canvas’s most popular cocktail, tastes exactly like a cheesecake. It’s made with Ketel One vodka, raspberry, lemon curd and mascarpone, and sprinkled with house-made chocolate-chip cookie crumbs. It’s available all week for the special price of $15.
Tanqueray high tea at Darling & Co.
It’s high tea with a twist at Darling & Co. All the food you’ve come to expect from a traditional high tea will be there – such as finger sandwiches and citrus melting moments – but rather than Earl Grey, you’ll be served Tanqueray gin–based iced teas instead.
Fifteen-dollar Sunday at Corbett & Claude
If you want to celebrate World Class Cocktail Week at Corbett & Claude but don’t live near the city, its Indooroopilly branch is hosting an event, too. On Sunday, its classic pizzas and entire range of cocktails will be just $15 each.
My Thai and tart pairing at Mamasan (Broadbeach)
Pop into Mamasan Broadbeach at any stage during World Class Cocktail Week to try its My Thai cocktail and mini passionfruit tart pairing. The My Thai is made with kaffir-lime leaf–infused Pampero Blanco rum, coconut liqueur, pineapple and lime. The tart is topped with coconut foam, toasted coconut and lime zest.
Smoked Manhattan and chocolate-cigar dessert pairing at Stingray (Surfers Paradise)
Stingray is offering the most masculine of pairings with its Bulleit Rye whiskey–based Smoked Chocolate Manhattan and chocolate-cigar dessert. The dessert, a bourbon semifreddo log encased in dark couverture chocolate, is finished with a piece of candied bacon, lemon myrtle and hickory smoke.
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.