Cocktail lovers and bourbon enthusiasts: the annual Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Week is back. Running from November 4 to 18, the “week” (a generous serve at 15 days long) is dedicated to celebrating the history, influence and continued popularity of the Old Fashioned.

This year, 40 Australian bars, restaurants and bartenders pay homage to the classic mixed drink, serving vintage versions and inventive reinterpretations among a host of other event exclusives. Besides the cocktail itself, there’ll be masterclasses, food pairings and Woodford Reserve educational events. You can even claim a complimentary drink at your favourite venue.

One of the world’s most popular classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned is a deceptively simple mix of bourbon or rye, bitters and sugar, stirred and served with a citrus garnish (generally orange peel). According to the common (but probably apocryphal) origin story, the drink first popped up at Kentucky’s Pendennis Club in the 1880s, before being popularised at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria not long after. It’s a straightforward drink that leaves plenty of room to get creative, so expect to try subtle twists and some more ambitious variations among the Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Week offerings.

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See the full list of bars participating in Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Week:

New South Wales:

Duke of Clarence


Hickson House


Tokyo Bird

Baxter Inn

Shady Pines Saloon

The Doss House

Chin Chin

Fortunate Son

Earl's Juke Joint



Jacksons on George
Pocket Terrigal


Good Heavens

Roy Hammond


The Carlton

The Botanical Hotel

Black Kite Commune


Mongkok Tea House

Mazo 128



The Press Club

The Jubilee

Caxton Hotel

Boston Shaker

The Roosevelt Lounge

Loose Moose



Den Divine

Western Australia:

Foxtrot Unicorn

Alfred’s Pizzeria

Edward & Ida’s

South Australia:

Fumo Blu

Therapy Cocktail Bar

Bank Street Social



Sol Roofotp

Bank Street Social

Memphis Slim’s House of Blues


The Den

Wrest Point

Sandy Bay Road

Additional reporting by Evan Jones

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