After-Work Drinks at the Australian Open
In the summer, the city offers plenty in the way of after-work activities. However not many venues offer the chance to drink a cold one in the sun while watching the Australian Open play out on a big screen. Not just for enthusiastic sports fans, this year’s Australian Open (AO) is also a veritable cornucopia of food and knock-off-drink options.
With more than nine different food and drink locations whether you want the nearest Coopers beer garden, Aperol bar, Piper Heidsieck’s first-ever champagne bar, or prefer your drink with something from the local food trucks on offer at the AO Live Stage, there’s something to suit every mood, impulse and group size.
This year, Grand Slam Oval will be broken up into four unique quarters, all reflecting a different aspect of Melbourne: the Beach quarter will sport beach boxes and serve Aperol Spritzes aplenty, the City quarter will give a champagne toast to Melbourne’s unique laneway culture, Melbourne’s vibrant multiculturalism will be celebrated in the Chinatown quarter and the Vineyard quarter will feature an exclusive wine tasting experience at the Vault with a sommelier until 7:15pm.
For something extra special, this year marks the second-ever annual AO Chef Series – a standalone fine-dining experience at The Glasshouse – known for championing the best in Australian produce and wine.
Renowned chefs Albert Roux from London’s Le Gavroche, Alejandro Saravia from Melbourne’s Farmer’s Daughters and Pastuso, Simone Zanoni from Paris’s Four Seasons George V, and Duncan Welgemoed from Adelaide’s Africola will offer a selection of three-course lunch and dinner menus to be shared.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tennis Australia.