The tales of Sydney’s most notorious criminals and gangs and its juiciest scandals are in the spotlight every month at Cocktails and Crime Stories, a live storytelling series by historian Max Burns-McRuvie at Since I Left You (Sily), a hidden bar tucked off Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD.
Presented as a series of monthly live “episodes”, Burns-McRuvie takes to the stage and regales audiences with legendary murder and crime stories, uncovering the forgotten underworld of drunkenness and debauchery that plagued Sydney during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
With a drink in hand, discover the dope dealers and bottle men of “Razorhurst” (Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo). Unearth forgotten sex scandals that ended in sensational murders. And revisit the sly grog and black-market spirits trade that once flourished here in Sydney.
The first event dug up the dirt on the gin-related massacres that once shocked Sydney, while the second reimagined the city’s golden age of street gangs, cut-throats and chaos, and subsequent entries have each focused on a particular criminal facet of Sydney history. Each episode includes a themed cocktail, to really get into the spirit of things.
Tickets are $30, which includes a cocktail on arrival.
Doors open at 6pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm.