There are more than 40 events to choose from during World Class Cocktail Week. Across the city, Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and bartenders are putting on cocktail masterclasses, one-off drink specials, themed parties and food-and-drink specials to celebrate. With a program this big, we thought we’d help out by highlighting the events we think shouldn’t be missed.
Ice Ball Masterclass at Tokyo Bird
One of the most important ingredients in a cocktail is good ice, so it follows that one of the most important events of the week is Tokyo Bird’s ice-ball masterclass. Learn the secrets to making crystal-clear ice, and how to carve your own ice ball, then enjoy it with a Singleton of Glen Ord whisky and bar snacks, including edamame and lotus-root chips.
Whisky & Cheese at the Wild Rover
World Class and Johnnie Walker ambassador Sean Baxter is teaming up with Kieran Day from Newtown’s The Stinking Bishops for an evening of cheese and whisky at the Wild Rover. Baxter will showcase an excellent selection of reserve whiskies, while Day selects cheeses to match.
World Class Winners at This Must Be The Place
This is a big one. Luke Ashton, World Class Australia Bartender of the Year 2013, and Charlie Ainsbury, World Class Australia Bartender of the Year 2014 and 2016 (and both co-owners of This Must Be The Place), are recreating their competition-winning cocktails all week. These cocktails have never before been available to the public (mostly because they’re too elaborate), so this is a rare and unique opportunity. Each drink will come with a take-home card that details the challenge it was created for, and the inspiration behind it.
Floral Food and Cocktails at Bloodwood
Fried ba wong flowers in tamarind sauce paired with a chrysanthemum-vodka iced tea is just one floral course available at Bloodwood during World Class Cocktail Week. Available to order every night, this three-course edible-flower-based food-and-cocktail match is not only interesting and beautiful, it’s vegan and gluten free.
Italian Merenda at Maybe Frank
In Italy, the meal that falls between lunch and dinner is known as merenda. At Maybe Frank, merenda is freshly sliced mortadella paninos and your choice of five special cocktails, mixed by World Class bartender Andrea Gualdi. It’s on all week (except for Monday), and there will be other special regional Italian dishes available too.
Dessert Degustation at Bennelong
The only way Peter Gilmore’s signature desserts could get any better is if they were paired with cocktails. Taste four of Bennelong’s finest (including the cherry-jam lamington and the eight-texture chocolate cake) alongside matched cocktails, such as a Chocolate and Ron Zacapa Rum Blazer.
Cocktails and Food, Food and Cocktails at Three Blue Ducks
Head to the Bronte favourite for three courses of matched food and cocktails. Three Blue Ducks is keeping its menu for the evening secret, although we can confirm it will start with a lot of oysters, and finish with an Espresso Martini-inspired dessert.
Tequila Masterclass at Barrio Cellar
In this masterclass, Barrio Cellar will take you through the different Don Julio tequilas, then teach you how to make cocktails with them, and how to pair them with Mexican food.
Espress Yourself at the Carrington Hotel
London bartender Dick Bradsell invented many of today’s classic cocktails, including the Espresso Martini. The Carrington will honour Bradsell’s recent passing by teaming up with Artificer Specialty Coffee Bar & Roastery for an evening of Ketel One vodka Espresso Martinis. They’ve brought some of Sydney’s best bartenders on board, so expect some wild twists on the classic.
Bloody Mary Sunday at Bloody Mary’s Sydney
This is about more than just adjusting the amount of Worcestershire or tabasco in your Bloody Mary. Once you’ve built your perfect cocktail, you’ll get to garnish it: the bigger and more ridiculous, the better. Prizes will be awarded for the most outlandish Bloody Mary (think doughnut, bacon or roast-chicken garnishes), and DJs will spin from midday. The Village Inn in nearby Paddington is also hosting a similar event, same date and time.
For more information on these events, including information on how to buy tickets, visit the World Class Cocktail Week hub.
This article is presented in partnership with World Class.