There are over 50 events to choose from during World Class Cocktail Week. There are cocktail masterclasses, one-off drink specials, food-and-drink pairings and themed events, all led by some of Melbourne’s top bartenders. With a program this big we thought we’d help you by highlighting the events we think should not to be missed.

Swine & Dine at The Collection
Bacon buffs can indulge their desire for cured and smoked pork bits at Swine & Dine. Learn how to infuse and fat wash spirits such as Bulleit Rye with bacon, as well as match cocktails to it. You’ll also be taught how to make bacon garnishes, including bacon floss, bacon sugar and bacon straws. During the class you’ll be served dishes such as maple-belly bacon on the bone and ham hock bao with baconnaise (bacon mayonnaise). Can’t make it? The Collection will also run a special all week: a bacon Old Fashioned paired with house-made bacon ribs.

Mon April 4 and Thu April 7, 7pm
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Five-Course Cocktail Degustation at Eau de Vie
Held around Eau de Vie’s custom-built table, complete with a circular ice moat, this degustation event is one of a kind. Five courses of cocktails will be mixed by Jack Sotti, winner of the 2015 Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition, and food will be matched by Eau De Vie’s head chef, Andrew Douglas. A flip on the traditional format where food is matched to the drinks, not the other way round.

Wed April 6, 7.30pm
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Crawfish Meet at Neighbourhood Wine
Neighbourhood Wine will look to New Orleans for this one-night-only event. Inspired by the food and culture of the Big Easy, they are offering two cocktails with plates of cured seafood, meat and pickled vegetables. It will be held in their adjoining Sunset Club to live Southern-style blues music.

Wed April 6, 8pm
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Hour of Power at Supernormal
Fancy belting out a power ballad over a couple of Japanese cocktails and one of McConnell’s famous lobster rolls? Get a group of friends together and head down for an hour of karaoke and cocktails. Cocktails include the Tequila Lychee Bird made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, lychee and grapefruit; and the Ume Highball made with Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky, umeshu, lemon and soda.

Thurs April 7, 5pm–11pm
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Tiki Takeover in the Attic at Black Pearl
Tiki bars have been around for more than 80 years and they are synonymous with exotic good times. For one night during World Class Cocktail Week The Attic at Black Pearl will transform into one. Think shrunken heads, fake totems, Hawaiian shirts and plenty of tiki vibes.

Thu April 7, 7pm
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Smokehouse Supper and Cocktail Masterclass at Le Bon Ton
Learn how make some of Le Bon Ton’s Southern-style cocktails and match them with smokehouse fare. Cocktails will be mostly based on whiskies such as Lagavulin, Talisker, Caol Ila and Johnnie Walker Black Label scotch whisky, but Tanqueray Gin will also get a look in. This event will be held in Le Bon Ton’s brand new upstairs space – you’ll be among the first to see it.

Apr 7–9, 7.30pm
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Five Ways With Negroni at Nieuw Amsterdam
The Negroni has gone through countless variations and transformations, many of which have developed into classics themselves. The bartenders at Nieuw Amsterdam will take you through the wild and wonderful history of this global cocktail classic and its most popular spin-offs. You’ll learn how to make five Negronis – to suit any meal.

Sat April 9, 2.30pm
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’80s Hip-Hop Remix at Double Happiness
The ’80s was all about hip-hop, outrageous fashion and cocktails, and World Class Australia Top 100 Finalist 2016 Sacha Leonard is bringing it back for a one-off party. Leonard will remix and contemporise five of the era’s classic cocktails to a soundtrack of classic hip-hop. Party on.

Sat April 9, 6pm
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Ike’s Great British Greasy Spoon at The Beaufort
Inspired by the “greasy spoon” cafeteria culture of the United Kingdom, Ike’s at the Beaufort is matching a few of its brunch-friendly cocktails (the Bloody Mary, Corpse Reviver and Berocca Gin Fizz, among others) to a British-style fry up. Expect some deliciously oily offerings.

Sun April 10, 10am
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Margaritas & Morsels at Mamasita
Mamasita is getting experimental with a selection of quirky and creative Margaritas, paired with Mexican food. Expect versions with beetroot and smoked mushroom salt, and ginger and carrot with chilli sugar salt. To eat there will be sticky chipotle duck ribs with sesame and lime, or barbequed octopus with corn puree, radish, serrano salsa and guajillo.

Sun April 10, 3pm–5pm
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For more information on these events including information on how to purchase tickets, visit the World Class Cocktail Week hub.

This article is presented in partnership with World Class.