The line-up of all the events coming to this year's Sydney Bar Week 2023 so far. It's early days, lots of info will roll in over the next few months as well as new events so check back and sign up to our newsletter too.
SATURDAY, 9 SEPT
ENTER THE UNICOVERSE AT BAR PLANET
Bar Planet, 16 Enmore Road, Newtown
9/9/23 2PM - 4PM
Start your Bar Week off on the right foot with an aperitivo takeover of Bar Planet, hosted by the team at Unico Zelo. There will be martini madness as well as some delicious Scorpinos from the amazing Bar Planet crew, plus some epic giveaways to get your Bar Week on a roll!
SUNDAY, 10 SEPT
ELIT MASTERS 2023
The Roosevelt, 32 Orwell St, Potts Point
10/9/23 4PM - 6PM
Welcome to ELIT MASTERS 2023!
A celebration of ELIT Vodka’s quality, versatility and mixability and a challenge to all bartenders to create an amazing ELIT Freeze Cocktail for the chance to win the title of ELIT MASTER 2023 Australia. The winner to then fly to Athens in November to compete with bartenders from around the world in the Global Final.
To learn more about the competition follow on FB & Insta @elitvodka as well as via #elitmasters2023 across all social channels.
IDIOT SAVANT PRIZES
Ramblin' Rascals, 60 Park Street, Sydney
10/9/23 6PM - 9PM
The triumphant return of the Idiot Savant Prizes, Sydney Bar Week's subversive awards ceremony. The award line-up for the night includes: Dispense bar award for worst chat; Worst Social Media Presence; Life of the Party Award; and many more. Cast your vote now!
MIX HAUS X DOOR KNOCK ALL FEMALE BAR TAKEOVER
Door Knock - Basement/70 Pitt St, Sydney
Join us as we celebrate girl power with Mix Haus and Door Knock for an all-female bar takeover on Sunday September 10th, 2023 at 9PM!"
Mix Haus is a not-for-profit organisation cofounded in 2021 by Shirley Yeung & Pippa Canavan with the aim to create a community for womxn in hospitality. The core mission is to promote, support and educate the community of womxn in hospitality in order to create equal opportunities.
Join us for Sydney Bar Week as we host an all female bar take over at Door Knock. Our guest list of female all-stars will be showcasing what they do best behind the bar all night long!
Come support us in shining a spotlight on some of the best female bartenders from across Australia. RSVP allocation is exhausted but still taking walk-ins on the night.
BARTENDER BOXING ORG. SYDNEY 2023
Paddo RSL, 232 Oxford Street #220, Paddington
10/9/23 8PM - LATE
Bartender Boxing is 3-months of professional boxing training, culminating in sanctioned Boxing Australia amateur bouts at SBW. Follow the transformational journey of your peers @bartenderboxing. Come support and celebrate their achievements on fight night. Presented by Bartender Magazine, Proof & Company, Amber Beverage, Jägermeister, Vanguard, and Hickson Rd. Distilling
KATANA KITTEN X
Maybe Sammy, 115 Harrington St, The Rocks
10/9/23 9PM - LATE
The Blend, literally blends, two of the world’s Best Bars, for one night only. One of Australia’s most famous cocktail bars MAYBE SAMMY, (feat. Stefano, Martin, Sarah, Paolo) and Katana Kitten's Masahiro Urushido (Masa). There will be bubbles, dancing, raucous karaoke, and some downright fun! Don’t say MAYBE to this one, you definitely want to be there! It will be first in, best dressed on the night (with a one-in, one-out after that).
MONDAY, 11 SEPT
BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2023 ROUNDS 1 & 2
THE ABERCROMBIE, 100 BROADWAY, CHIPPENDALE
11/9/23 10AM - 3PM
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY MONKEY SHOULDER & HENDRICK'S GIN
The Bartender of the Year Competition which is proudly sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin & Monkey Shoulder is getting a bit of a shake-up in 2023. With a whopping prize of a trip to Scotland on offer, the format of the comp has also been changed, meaning the entire event will run over one day.
SAMMY JNR x TERESA
Sammy Junior, 66 King Street, Sydney
11/9/23 12PM - 2PM
Sammy Jr & the team from Teresa in Napier NZ are coming together to showcase the art of aperitivo.
This menu will feature four cocktails from Teresa which will be paired with snacks from Sammy Jnr with thanks to sponsors Proof & Company & William Grant & Sons.
The teams will be showcasing drinks with seasonal New Zealand & Australian ingredients while keeping it light, zesty & refreshing. There will also be a super rare bottle of Plantation Cut & Dry bottle (Coconut Plantation) for the lucky ones to try.
Burrow Bar, Basement 96 Clarence St, Sydney
11/9/23 1PM - 3PM
Two ground-breaking, independent Australian producers (Applewood/ Okar & The Gospel) team up with Yarra Falls' innovative approach to hospitality for a session that explores the new horizons of native Australian plants.
Enjoy unique cocktails; taste never-before distilled botanicals such as bush perfume; learn best practice around working with First Nation knowledge-holders and sensitive approaches to sustainability.
Grey Goose Yacht, Sydney Harbour
11/9/23 2PM - 4PM
Grey Goose thanks and celebrates the people who make the Australian hospitality industry so wonderful!
Join Grey Goose for an afternoon of delicious cocktails with thanks to the team at The Everleigh Melbourne, friends and good times on Sydney Harbour. We look forward to celebrating Sydney Bar Week 2023 with you.
Reach out to Kayla Grigoriou, Grey Goose Brand Ambassador on email@example.com to see how you can join the party.
THE SINKIN' TINNIE
BY FOUR PILLARS
Four Pillars Lab, 410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
11/9/23 3PM - 5PM
FOUR PILLARS LABORATORY REBRANDS AS 'THE SINKIN TINNIE' FOR ONE DAY ONLY!
Four Pillars have been tinkering away on a new canned beverage. And now, the time for tinkering is over. The time for sinkering has arrived. Join us at The Sinkin' Tinnie to celebrate the launch of our new 'navy strength' tinnie in (some would say questionable) style. Drinks (blue ones, obvs) on us by Creative Director Nick Tesar, some fishy snacks, yacht rock all arvo, a STELLAR door prize up for grabs, and of course, plenty of sinkin’ tinnies. RSVP appreciated. Life jackets not provided.
Shell House, 37 Margaret Street, Sydney
11/9/23 4PM - 6PM
Join us at Shell House 4pm, Monday the 11th of September for a delicious Campari Academy Masterclass. The BA team will be hosting an Aperitivo Symposium with four special guests from the food and dining industry. Trisha Greentree (Fratelli Paradiso - pictured here), Jordan Kretchmer (Gourmet Traveller), Aaron Ward (Shell House) and Alex Boon (Pearl Diver) will join us for three courses of discussion and degustation, proudly supported by Lallier Champagne, Del Professore vermouth, Campari, and our Amaro portfolio.
Registration is essential, so simply visit www.campariacademy.com/en-au/events/bar-week-food-symposium/ to sign up.
See you there! The Campari Academy team.
BARTENDER OF THE YEAR:
THE ABERCROMBIE, 100 BROADWAY, CHIPPENDALE
11/9/23 7PM - 9PM
SPONSORED BY MONKEY SHOULDER & HENDRICK'S GIN. All top 3 finalists get 5 minutes stage time prior to the House of William Grant Party (venue to be revealed shortly) to make their signature cocktails in front of party guests. This is their last test and will decide who wins. All top 3 finalists have to create 2-signature drinks that must include a minimum of 30ml of sponsor’s 1st Brand in cocktail #1 and minimum of 30ml of sponsor’s 2nd brand in Cocktail #2. Or the one brand must be used in both signature cocktails.
HOUSE OF WILLIAM GRANT PARTY 2023
THE ABERCROMBIE, 100 BROADWAY, CHIPPENDALE
11/9/23 9PM - LATE
Always expect big things when it comes to the House of William Grant Party at Sydney Bar Week. All the brands you know and love - think Glenfiddich, Monkey Shoulder, Hendrick's et al - get together and throw a bash to celebrate the bar industry.
THE BARTENDERS' BASH
THE UNDERGROUND, LOWER LVL 3 UTS, 15 BROADWAY, ULTIMO
11/9/23 9PM - LATE
Expect music, dancing and banging cocktails when the team from Pernod get together to host the annual Bartenders' Bash - a night for the country's bartenders to kick back and have a cocktail or two. RSVP NOW!
TUESDAY, 12 SEPT
DE KUYPER SHOWCASE
WITH IVY MIX
DEAN & NANCY ON 22, 2 HUNTER ST, SYDNEY
12/9/23 1PM - 3PM
De Kuyper have teamed up with Ivy Mix to create a new masterclass diving into the cocktail creation process and the importance of consistency in drinks. Ivy is one of the world’s most influential hospitality professionals and organiser of Speed Rack competition so this session is not to be missed! RSVP below to secure your spot today.
The Sanderson, 285 George St, Sydney
12/9/23 2PM - 4PM
For Laphroaig, taste is everything. The Blend invites you to a long decedent lunch, taking guests on a journey through different culinary techniques and how peat, salt, and fire plays a role in creating intense, but incredible flavours; just like our bold whisky. Join us on a journey of flavour, and get ready to trial some rare, exclusive Laphroaig liquids and share stories with peers.
CASA DE AGAVE presented by
PROOF & COMPANY
Golden Age Cinema, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
12/9/23 3PM - 5PM
Proof & Company proudly presents Casa de Agave at Sydney Bar Week 2023. Over two hours guests will enjoy brand showcases and a panel discussion with international industry leaders - Jay Khan from Coa in Hong Kong, Jeremy Blackmore from Mucho Group and Reece Griffiths from Solotel. Of course, tequila and mezcal cocktails will be on offer paired with delicious Mexican snacks.
Reach out now to your Proof & Company representative to register your interest.
Alex Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
FLOR DE CANA SUSTAINABLE COCKTAIL CHALLENGE
DOOR KNOCK, Basement/70 Pitt St, Sydney
12/9/23 5PM - 7PM
The Flor de Caña’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge for 2023 is hosting its Australian finals during Sydney Bar Week. Enjoy rum drinks and canapes while you watch the 7 finalists from Australia and New Zealand compete LIVE for the esteemed panel of judges, Natalie Ng (Door Knock), Priscilla Leong (2022 Bartender of the year), Evan Stroeve (Re) and Mitch Townsend (Flor de Caña Brand Ambassador AUS/NZ/JAPAN). The finalist who creates the most spectacular cocktail using sustainable ingredients and techniques, will receive $500, PLUS 2 tickets to Nicaragua to attend the global final and the chance to win the global grand prize of $10,000USD.
The event is free to attend. Register via the link below and be there on the day to be in the chance to WIN a Flor de Caña gift pack, valued at $250.
TIKI FACE OFF '23 - RETURN OF THE PINEAPPLE
TUCANO'S LOUNGE, 277 GOULBURN STREET, SYDNEY
12/9/23 7PM - 9PM
Have you ever wondered what the most ridiculous,most crazy, most flammable cocktail could look like? Come watch bar vs bar compete to the most Tiki team of all time.
First ten rows will get wet.
APOLLONIA X SAGO HOUSE
GUEST SHIFT & PARTY
APOLLONIA, REAR 5-7 YOUNG STREET, SYDNEY
12/9/23 8PM - 10PM
Apollonia proudly hosts one of Asia’s best bars, Sago House and sees the return to Sydney of its co-founder, Mr Jay Gray.
Located in deep in Chinatown, Singapore Sago House has already garnered a cult following for its daily creative cocktail menu and its team of hospo legends. They recently placed #10 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list and were awarded the prestigious, ‘Art of Hospitality’ award.
Join us for a special double guest shift to preview their unique cocktails, music, food and a few surprises.
Supported by Campari & Widges Gin
BACARDI BRINGS BACK THE BOOGIE 2.0
Cliff Dive, Bsmnt, 16-18 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
12/9/23 9PM - LATE
Bacardi looks forward to hosting bartenders and treating them to a night of delicious cocktails with thanks to The 86 Club from Brisbane, amazing music and good times at one of Sydney's best venues.
Click below to secure your spot. Numbers are strictly limited so don't miss out!
WEDNESDAY, 13 SEPT
THREE MARTINI LUNCH
Lana, Level 1, 5-7 Young Street, Sydney
13/9/23 1PM - 3PM
The good old days of a three martini lunch are back! Corina Retter, Australia’s Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador will be hosting a luxe and leisurely lunch. Guests will enjoy delicious food paired with expertly crafted martinis showcasing Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru and Bombay Sapphire Citron Pressé.
Reach out to Corina Retter, Bombay Sapphire Brand Ambassador on email@example.com to see how you can join the lunch.
22ND ANNUAL BARTENDER MAGAZINE BAR AWARDS
Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont
13/9/23 5PM - 11PM
The Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards is back for its 22nd year, returning to Doltone House in Pyrmont on Wedneday, 13th September for the industry night of nights!
Tickets: On Sale in July (exclusive to finalists and sponsors)
Voting is NOW CLOSED.
BAR AWARDS AFTER PARTY:
BlackTail NYC x The Lobo: Take Over
The Lobo, 201 Clarence Street, Sydney
13/9/23 11PM - LATE
We are bringing together two award-winning rum bars from opposite sides of the globe for a night of Caribbean-inspired cocktails, lively beats, and a whole lot of raucous fun. Come experience the vibrant spirit of NYC with a Cuban twist in Sydney’s home of rum.
First in, best dressed