The CBD and Surry Hills are being taken over by the new World Class Cocktail Festival for five days, and all seven of Australia’s highest ranked bars are taking part. The Sydney venues have got some fun events of their own planned, but Melbourne’s best are all converging in one Surry Hills spot – it’s a takeover of the art deco Golden Age Cinema & Bar.
There, each of the four bars will, for one night only, transform the basement theatrette in the old screening room into Little Melbourne. Their award-winning bartenders are flying up north to create three bespoke cocktails made with premium Don Julio tequila.
On Wednesday April 28, Above Board owner Hayden Lambert is swapping his tiny 12-seater for the plush surrounds of the Golden Age Cinema & Bar. His intimate Collingwood bar (accessed through a staircase in a laneway) nabbed the 84th spot at last year’s World’s 50 Best Bars ranking (which includes an auxiliary 51-100 list).
Before opening his own venue, Lambert was head bartender at Bar Americano, a standing-room-only laneway bar that takes cues from Italian aperitivo culture. At Above Board, he crafts classic and signature cocktails (like the best DJs, he’s not one for taking requests). His style is big and bold, with minimal garnishes and subtle, often unexpected flavours. Expect the same from his one-night Sydney residency, kicking off at 5pm.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Don Julio and World Class.