SYDNEY COCKTAIL FESTIVAL
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Your favourite small bars take on the big stage
1 WEEKEND. 13 BARS. 26 COCKTAILS.
POSTPONED UNTIL: 9 & 10 April 2022
Sydney’s small bars are some of the best in the world, and this April Opera Bar & Bacardi-Martini Australia are bringing some of the very best together for one giant harbourside celebration.
Imagine all your favourite late-night haunts joining forces for a daytime, sun-drenched festival featuring drinks from some of the best creative minds to ever grace the bar industry. Heavyweights Maybe Sammy, RE, PS40, the Roosevelt will sit alongside newcomers like About Time, Banco and Hickson House. Check out the full line-up below.
Soundtrack? It’s all live, baby. Opera Bar’s stable of world class musicians will be on duty from midday both days.
It’s all about celebrating our city’s great small bars, the incredible cocktails they create, and the talented humans who make them.
Looking for more? Bacardi will also be hosting drinks tastings and showcase new products in a dedicated space within Opera Bar – with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Cocktails in ice-cream form? Yes please!
Bookings will be available for the Bacardi tasting sessions closer to the time so keep your eyes peeled!
There will be 7 featured bars each day, featuring their star bartenders serving up two cocktails each. Tickets are $49 per person + booking fee, and include entry to the session of your choice and a total of three cocktails – which you can choose from any of the 14 on offer.
If you're looking for more from Sydney Cocktail Festival, then look no further than the Bacardi Classroom! It's the type of learning we can get on board with. Bacardi will be hosting educational sessions within a dedicated space at Opera Bar, offering free samples of their newest products and teaching you how to enjoy them best. There may even be a few surprises thrown in, cocktails in ice-cream form? Count us in!
There will be 6 sessions each day, featuring two delicious drinks. When you purchase your ticket to Sydney Cocktail Festival we will send you a link to book where you can book into one of the Bacardi lessons. There will also be several walk in sessions each day, so we will see you there.
Saturday 9 April
12pm - 7pm
Old Mate's Place
Sunday 10 April
12pm - 7pm
Rosenbaum & Fuller
BARS & BARTENDERS
Chau Tran & Jacob North
Burrow by name, burrow by nature - you'll find this cosy gem hidden in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Run by three close friends, Burrow Bar specialise in nostalgic adventures through cocktails.
Natalie Ng & Liam Gavin
Seasonality and current obsessions are the order of the day at hard-to-find underground bar, Door Knock. Located in the CBD, it's every bartender's home away from home.
Cosmo Soto & Olly Churcher
Double Deuce Lounge
Named after the dive bar in the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie Road House, Double Deuce describes itself as 'a 70's porn chic cocktail lounge'. Voted best cocktail bar 2020 by Time Out, their drinks are second to none.
Kurtis Bosley & Jacopo Montis
Banco Manly is an intimate, relaxed high end dining experience featuring fun playful cocktails, natural wines and modern British cuisine.
Jono Carr & Matt Harland
About Time is a nostalgia-driven venue with tasty food and great drinks in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Created by a group of friends, and build during the lockdown it prides itself on the idea that nothing lasts forever. The site is due for demolition at the end of the year, proving they are here for a good time, not a long time.
Chloe Natterer&Sam McWilliams
Tucked away in the CBD, you’ll find The Lobo basement, filled with creative, fresh and mostly rum-based cocktails.
Daniel Noble & Dre Walters
Old Mate's Place
There's no better old mate than this one - embracing the creative space that comes with celebrating all booze in equal measure, Old Mate's Place is a lush haven hidden on a rooftop in the CBD.
PS40 won the coveted title of Time Out's Bar of the Year 2020. It's a is a unique cocktail bar that creates innovative menus each season concept and combines experience, flavour and service.
Ben Hickey & Naomi Palmer
Slip back in time to 1950's Kings Cross when dames drank martinis and men boasted loudly about the number of whiskies they had over lunch.
Lee Cavanagh & Callum Mara
Rosenbaum & Fuller
Rosenbaum & Fuller is a family-owned bar & bistro that celebrates produce, wine, spirits & cocktails. Their cocktails celebrate some of Australia's favourite flavours whilst including Indigenous ingredients and local spirits.
Evan Stroeve & Sion Roberts
As an impressive and ambitious cocktail bar that tackles waste head-on, everything Re does follows its aim to minimise environmental impact in some way. Re placed in one of the top 50 bars in the world for their innovative outlook and forward-thinking menu. Re believes we need to create from the past to enjoy a better tomorrow.
Crowned as one of Australia’s best bars, Maybe Sammy is the hotel bar minus the hotel. Where bubbles are just the beginning of the fun.
Kelham Waterfield & Georgia Ip
Hickson House dispences distilling experiences, curated cocktails and matching menus with spirits distilled on site. The distillery's stills and barrels sit alongside an impressive bar and dining space inside Sydney's historical Metclaffe Building.