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Sea to Still
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Sea to Still

This is one for the adventurous drinker! For our second event for Good Food Month 2017, return to nature in this interactive experience jointly hosted by us and Dramnation. First up, join us for a foraging workshop on the Northern Beaches led by expert forager Diego Bonetto who will take you through the basics of foraging to discover a natural pantry located on your doorstep. Then armed with that knowledge we will decamp to Sydney's newest distillery, Manly Spirits Co. Distillery to find out how they put botanicals foraged from the same local area to good use in making some of the finest spirits around before we get to taste those spirits. Finally, we end up in a brewery to explore the similarities in the process of beer and spirits making. It's truly a sea to still experience like no other so we hope you can join us! Tickets are $129 per head and due to the nature of the event, seats are limited so we hope to see you there!

Note: Please wear sensible shoes and attire suitable for traipsing around the beaches and surrounded areas. This event will take place in all weather conditions, save for extreme conditions where a warning has been issued by the relevant local weather bureau that it is unsafe to be outdoors. We will let you know if that is the case and the event has to be cancelled.
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Tonic Taster (with a little gin) - Encore session
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Tonic Taster (with a little gin) - Encore session

Following on from our inaugural Tonic Taster session, we're back with an encore! We'll be drinking gin and tonics at this one too but it'll be a tasting session with a difference. Because in this one, we're looking at not the spirit itself, but the mixer. Why? Considering the tonic forms 3/4 of the G&T, we thought it's about time we looked at different tonics out there and how they change the flavour of the gin when you put them together. 

As part of Good Food Month and taking place on no other than International Gin and Tonic Day (we're not kidding, it's an actual day) at a secret Sydney location known only to attendees, we invite you to join us for a welcome drink before we get down to business of tasting tonics. In this, you'll discover the different tonics out there and what will go best with the gin on taste on the afternoon.

Tickets are only $49 plus booking fee for this one and as usual, it's first in, best dressed!

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Tonic Taster (with a little gin)
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Tonic Taster (with a little gin)

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Our next event is one for all you gin drinkers (or those who would like to explore gin!). Yep, we'll be drinking gin and tonics at this one but it'll be a tasting session with a difference. Because in this one, we're looking at not the spirit itself, but the mixer. Why? Considering the tonic forms 3/4 of the G&T, we thought it's about time we looked at different tonics out there and how they change the flavour of the gin when you put them together. 

Taking place at a stunning waterfront location on Saturday 12 August 2017, we invite you to join us for a welcome drink on the deck to enjoy the last of the afternoon sun before we get down to business at this private venue that will be transformed into a tasting salon for the occasion.

Tickets are only $30 plus booking fee for this one and due to the size of the space, only 6 seats are available so it's first in, best dressed!

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High Tea Cocktails and Drams
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

High Tea Cocktails and Drams

Join us at The Long Goodbye for an afternoon exploring the virtues of the Indian spirit in collaboration with whisky educators Dramnation. Inspired by the colonial history of the subcontinent & the unique identity of modern India, we will be creating an afternoon of bespoke high tea inspired cocktails & delightful drams all centred around Paul John Whisky. After a welcome drink, let us take you through the art of tasting a flight of whiskies alongside a flight of bespoke high tea inspired cocktails made with the same whiskies. Matched with a couple of high tea inspired nibbles, we can promise this to be a delightful afternoon like no other. Early bird tickets are $45 plus booking fee until 10 June and $55 thereafter.
 

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The Whisky Aperitif Hour
May
27
2:30 PM14:30

The Whisky Aperitif Hour

We all know the whisky that is drunk at the end of a meal as a digestif, but if you ever wanted to learn more about the concept of whisky as an aperitif, this is the session for you! In partnership with Dramnation, we'll be partaking in the Aperitif Hour at a very aperitif-friendly time of 3 pm (2.30 pm arrival for welcome drink). Find out what makes an aperitif, taste a selection of whiskies neat then let us demonstrate to you how these whiskies can be manipulated in a series of aperitif cocktails while trying those cocktails for yourself! Paired with matching cleansers and light food from Rouse Hill establishment the Fiddler,  this session will even show you how to manipulate the most classic of aperitif champagne cocktails...but with whisky!

Tickets are $45 plus booking fee for early bird until 20 May 2017 and then $55 plus booking fee after. 

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SCC pop up for World Cocktail Day
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

SCC pop up for World Cocktail Day

Secret Cocktail Club pop up for World Cocktail Day

For cocktail geeks across the world, 13 May is World Cocktail Day because reportedly on this day in 1806, the first known definition of the word cocktail appeared in the column of an American newspaper. Like most cocktail lore, there's debate over whether this is the first mention of the word but whatever the story, this is a day to celebrate the cocktail!

To mark the occasion in 2017, Sydney Cocktail Club will transform into the elusively exclusive Secret Cocktail Club for one night only. Taking place at a secret location, this private party features a menu swap with real-life Brooklyn speakeasy, Covert Cocktail Club. (CCC), which itself operates out of the home of an amateur drinks enthusiast. Our World Cocktail Day pop-up cocktail menu features twists on classic drinks, which may or may not be topped up with a jigger or two of genuine NYC hooch that has been bootlegged to Sydney just for the occasion. And back in Brooklyn? We’ve had a hand in coming up with some Aussie twisted drinks for CCC to serve their guests, thanks to some Australian-made spirits that have sneakily winged their way to the USA.

Speakeasies being speakeasies, you'd be hard pressed to find much on the world wide web about these secret clubs but you can read a little on our friends at CCC here (and get an idea of what to expect in Sydney)

This 2.5-hour seated session is a unique way to share some delectable drinks with like-minded lovers of cocktails, and try something new thanks to our friends at CCC. Only 6 seats are available for this one off event so we’re taking expressions of interest via a ballot until 28 April 2017 with invitations will be sent to the lucky few on 1 May 2017. 

Please read the following before submitting your details:
  1. The ballot will be open until 11.59 pm on 28 April 2017
  2. Once the ballot is closed, we will choose three people at random to extend an invitation to attend. Each of the three guests will each be able to attend with a plus one. 
  3. Successful entrants will be notified via email and text on 1 May 2017 and will have 24 hours to accept the invitation. If the invitation is not accepted, we will choose another name at random from the list.
  4. Every person attending will be asked to contribute $50 towards the evening. Links will be sent to those successful with details on how they can make this contribution.
  5. Guests will be served an aperitif, 2 cocktails and a digestif with light snacks over the course of the session.
  6. If extended an invitation, you must be available to attend in Sydney between 6 pm and 8.30 pm on Saturday 13 May 2017. Needless to say, you will need to be over 18 to attend.
  7. The meet up point will be within 5 km of the Sydney central district. Guests will be sent a text on the day of the party with details of where to meet.
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SMWS x Scotch Club x SCC
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

SMWS x Scotch Club x SCC

Following on from the sell out success of last year's event, we're back with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Shirt Bar's monthly Scotch Club presenting another session of single cask cocktails paired with a tasting of single cask liquid gold. For those of you not familiar with the SMWS, it's the world foremost whisky club, bottling its own whisky from the best distilleries globally. The whiskies are all bottled at cask strength from one single cask so once it's gone it's gone, so this time round, we're going to be testing some very special whiskies and pairing them with cocktails to match. Tickets are $59 a head and includes a light supper afterwards as well as 20% off dark spirits at the bar after. Don't dally, this is bound to be popular! 

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DIY Liqueurs
Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

DIY Liqueurs

For our first event for 2017 we will be exploring the underrated world of liqueurs and how you can DO IT YOURSELF! If you ever thought making liqueur was a simple case of bunging in some fruit and sugar into spirit...well it is! But did you know there's another infusion method? Or maybe you've heard of an ultrasonicator? Intrigued?

Then come join us with cocktail maestro Flynn McLennan of the Long Goodbye bar on Stanley Street as we unveil the mystery behind the methods, show you the difference between fruit, nut and herb based liqueurs and taste some home made liqueurs side by side with their commercial counterparts. We'll even show you a secret fourth method for making liquids that will be explosive!

For $49 cocktail clams plus booking fee you get a cocktail, the tasting plus some nibbles..not to mention the chance to learn how to DIY liqueur as well as tips on how to incorporate them into cocktails at home. That's pretty good value if we can say so ourselves. Due to the nature of the session, we can only take so many in so we hope you'll be one of the few to join us!

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Meet the Maker - Redlands Distillery
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Maker - Redlands Distillery

For those in the know, Redlands Distillery in Tasmania has been quietly making a name for itself as a quality whisky producer. Boasting the title of Australia's first paddock to bottle single malt whisky distillery, Redlands' whiskies are of such scarcity it is currently only sold through its cellar door in Kempton. Equally, you'd be hard pressed to find those same whiskies in most bars. Until now that is. Redlands Head Distiller Dean Jackson and Brand Ambassador Robbie Gilligan are making a rare excursion to Sydney and in their only consumer event on this trip, will be leading a session exploring the story behind Redlands and a tasting of the following:

  1. Redlands Apple Schnapps
  2. Redlands Lavender Malt
  3. Redlands Paddock to Bottle single malt whisky (sold out)
  4. Redlands Old Stables single malt whisky (only available to purchase at the cellar door)
  5. Redlands Limited Release XO Brandy (only available to taste and purchase at the cellar door)

In true Sydney Cocktail Club fashion however, you can be sure this won't be a stock standard tasting! To mark the occasion, we've come up with something we've not done in previous tastings - an edible cocktail featuring one of the spirits on taste...yessir, this is the one time you will be able to drink your cocktail and eat it too! Which one? You'll have to come along to find out!

On top of that, Kingston Public Bar & Kitchen are offering 20% off all whiskies for the entire evening (normally an offer that is only available on Wednesdays) - if you've been there before, you will know they stock one of the largest range of Aussie spirits (including whisky) we've seen in any bar in Sydney.

This is truly a rare opportunity to meet the maker and chew the fat with two of the most personable men behind a truly beguiling Australian whisky house. Seats are limited so it's first in best dressed.

Tickets are $65 a head which gets you a welcome drink, a tasting of the spirits mentioned, light food and the edible cocktail. That's a steal considering what you would otherwise pay for a nip of each of the whiskies alone! 

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Whisky Manipulations - Hot & Cold
Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

Whisky Manipulations - Hot & Cold

We've been putting out some teasers but now we can confirm that on 17 September, we're heading to Pocket Bar for a whisky tasting like no other in collaboration with whisky educators Dramnation.

Yes sir, for this tasting, you'll get to taste (and learn about!) a flight of whiskies neat. We'll be featuring the award winning Starward range of whiskies, including their much acclaimed New World Projects PX cask release. But taking it one step further, we'll be showing you how to manipulate those same whiskies in a series of hot & cold cocktails. Join us as we dispel the notion that whisky can only be drunk neat or on the rocks and see for yourself how when done right, a good whisky can really make a cocktail sing without losing its characteristic. 

Paired with matching cleansers and light food from Pocket Bar, this session may or may not also also include a cocktail show involving fire and ice but you'll have to come along to find out! There's also going to be a mystery nip at the beginning that will test your perception of the category - all we can say is that this particular one is sold out nationally and not available anymore...........not even at the distillery itself.

So come join us! Early bird tickets are available until 9 September at $45 a head ($55 after 9 September) which includes the flight of whiskies, matching cocktails, welcome drink on arrival, that mystery nip. light food, good company, good education aaaand good entertainment.  

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Blowing Hot & Cold...with Coffee Cocktails
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Blowing Hot & Cold...with Coffee Cocktails

Australia is a nation obsessed with coffee. And why not? It's the thing that fuels us morning, noon and night, be it in that first morning cup or the ubiquitous espresso martini. But do you know your cold press from your cold brew? Or one coffee liqueur from another? And want to know how to use coffee in cocktails? Wonder no more because we've teamed up with cocktail bar Della Hyde and Australia's first cold press coffee liqueur Mr Black Spirits to go back to (black) basics.

In this session, we'll show you how to work with coffee in both hot and cold cocktails (which you'll get an opportunity to taste) and take you through a tasting flight of coffee liqueurs. The legends at Della Hyde are putting on some special hot and cold coffee cocktails that evening, and you get to vote for your favourite - the crowd winning cocktail will then get featured on the Mr Black website! 

Get your tickets here and we'll see you there to drink, chat and discover!

So come explore the world of coffee in cocktails and spirits with us, Della Hyde and Mr Black Spirits. Tickets are $45 a head and includes 2 different cocktails, a tasting flight and light food...oh, and the chance to have a say on what coffee cocktail from the evening will get featured on the Mr Black website. 

 

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SCC Sensory Bar at AMWTC
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

SCC Sensory Bar at AMWTC

Yeah baby! This year sees the return of the Australian Malt Whisky Tasting Championship and for the first time, Sydney Cocktail Club will be hosting a Sensory Bar on the evening! 

Hosted and run by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society since 2007, the  Championship has been taking place since 1989. With the blind whisky tasting competition as its core affair, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with plenty of other happenings on the night to keep both competitors and party-goers happy. Under the watchful eye of the waxworks at Madame Tussauds in Darling Harbour, competitors only need to correctly identify and match 8 whiskies from a list of 9 (one's a red herring) given to them on the night and they'll be in the draw to win some incredible prizes, with the top prize being a trip to Tokyo!

As part of our Sensory Bar, we'll be taking guests through a tactile sensory experience of whisky, offering up aromas and flavours associated with the drams on taste at the Championship. If you think you know your nose, you can test your nosing skills with different scents from the Aroma Academy Whisky Aroma Kit that will be available to browse at the bar, with a limited quantity of the kit available to purchase at a special championship price.

Not only that, we're running a Guess the Scent competition where you'll have a chance to win your very own aroma kit.  The format of the competition will be similar to the tasting competition - correctly identify 3 aromas from a list of 5 and the highest scoring competitor takes home the prize. Both party and competitor ticket holders are eligible to enter and no additional entry fee is required. 

Apart from a  whisky after party and the SCC Sensory Bar, there's pop up bars galore, including the Glenfiddich Craft Bar serving up whiskies with incredible cocktails and the SMWS Single Cask bar 

More information about the Championship available here. Competitor and party-goer tickets are available here 

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Cutting to the Chase - an evening with William Chase of Chase Distillery
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Cutting to the Chase - an evening with William Chase of Chase Distillery

We've long loved the range of Chase spirits, from its classic potato vodka through to its more-ish line of liqueurs and gins. Now, William Chase, the man behind the distillery, is visiting Australia and this is your chance to get up close and personal with the founder of UK's first (and only) farm to bottle distillery. William has had a varied career, from potato farmer to founding the boutique crisps label Tyrrells and now distillery owner/operator. 

We're excited to be hosting this session where we'll be getting together over some great drinks and run through a tasting of some of Chase's most popular range. Held at small bar Since I Left You, your ticket of $20 a head (plus booking fee) gets you 2 drinks, an informal tasting and the chance to chew the fat with the Chase behind Chase Spirits.

This is William Chase's only consumer event in Sydney. Spaces are limited to preserve the intimate nature of the gathering and to ensure attendees have ample opportunity to engage with the man himself. So don't dally! Get your tickets here because what else would you be doing on a Monday anyway?

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Blowing hot and cold...with Vermouth
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Blowing hot and cold...with Vermouth

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, vermouth is often called for as a supporting ingredient in classic cocktails such as the martini and manhattan. At this upcoming session, we're making vermouth the star of the show and showing you how to work with it. If you've ever wondered what else you can do with it, this is the session for you!

Held at Japanese izakaya bar Kagura, not only are we going to taste a variety of vermouth, but you'll also be shown how to make your own. If that's not enough, Kagura owner/chief drinks slinger Flynn (who's an avid cocktail enthusiast himself) will also demonstrate how to use it in both a hot and cold cocktail. With winter officially starting in June, we think you'll love the hot version, which we're billing as a mulled wine alternative - perfect for the next dinner party or simply when you want to warm yourself up on a cold winter's day at home. And if the weather continues being warm, then hey, we've got you sorted too with an equally easy to make at home cold classic. It's the one time it's ok to be blowing hot and cold (and not get a slap on the face)!


Tickets are $35 which includes a tasting of the vermouths, two half serves of the cocktails and snacks. Seating is limited so don't dally!

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Operation Drink Me (Vodka)
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Operation Drink Me (Vodka)

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Calling all you spirited agents! If you've missed out on our recent sell out whisky session, don't fret - we've got another upcoming assignment!

Vodka has long been considered the poor cousin of gin, dubbed the flavourless spirit and something you would throw back on a disco night out or use in a sweet cocktail. If you think vodka is this flavourless bland spirit, this is the mission for you! On 16 March, join us as we embark on a mission to debunk all the myths and misconceptions surrounding one of the biggest selling spirits in the world, VODKA. 

After a welcome drink or two and with some nibblies to fortify your strength, we will take you through a range of vodkas that will challenge your flavour buds and destroy forever the perception of vodka as a soulless spirit. The commanders leading the charge in this mission include:

  1. Fire Drum Vodka, produced right here in Tasmania by the same distillery that also produces Sullivans Cove whisky
  2. Vestal Vodka, a range of vodkas produced in Poland using potatoes and so new in Australia, it literally landed on our shores just before Christmas 2015. 
  3. Hartshorn Vodka, produced in Tasmania using sheep's whey...yes, you heard right. Sheep's whey. The batch we are tasting is pretty special too, but if we told you more at this point, we'd have to kill you.

To guide us through this perilous journey, we will be joined by Amanda Beck, founder of Fire Drum and Angus Burton, distributor of Vestal and Hartshorn in Australia. 

The mission will only set you back $48.02 for what promises to be an evening that will blow your mind. And where will this operation take place? Aha! Like all good missions, classified information such as this will be revealed to those brave enough to enlist. All we'll say is that the venue will be in the Sydney CBD/Kings Cross precinct and close to a train station. Dare you come drink, chat and discover with us? Enlist now by clicking on the button below.


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Single Cask Whisky & Cocktails with SMWS & Scotch Club
Feb
23
6:30 PM18:30

Single Cask Whisky & Cocktails with SMWS & Scotch Club

For our first event of 2016, we are collaborating with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Scotch Club at Shirt Bar to bring you a very special whisky tasting session on Tuesday 23rd February.

For those of you in the know, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a whisky club that is 37,000+ members strong internationally. The Society bottles as its own exclusive allocation, whisky from the best hand selected casks from every distillery in Scotland, Japan and more. Usually only available for members to access, you will as part of this event have the opportunity to taste 3 SMWS drams - all cask strength, single cask and non chill filtered. PLUS we are using these same three drams to make 3 cocktails so you'll have a chance to try them on their own and in a delicious creation.  

The fashion conscious will also be familiar with the Shirt Bar and the wicked range of shirts they do. The Shirt Bar is no stranger to good whisky and cocktails either and runs whisky tastings on a monthly basis through its own Scotch Club. We couldn't think of a better venue to be exploring some cracking whisky and whisky cocktails!

Tickets are $57 and gets you a tasting of the three whiskies and their matching cocktails plus a light supper. Kick on afterwards at the bar with 20% off all dark spirits.

It's sure to be  great event and likely to sell out quickly so get your people together or snap up a solo ticket ASAP here!

 

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