Category Archives: Bar

Playful with a touch of magic: Introducing Gwyn Olsen’s new wines

Earlier this week I was delighted to not only meet the Hunter Valley winemaker Gwyn Olsen, but was among the first to try the 2019 vintages of her range and her preservative free field blends during an intimate tasting and dinner at Botanic House.  

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Channelling the Midsummer Solstice, the Hendrick’s way…

It’s an event that takes place once a year in Australia, when the sun’s path across our skies is at its peak.  It’s the period when we shall encounter the maximum amount of daylight and it manifests this Summer season into a limited edition small batch potion of zesty botanical notes with gentle collisions of spice and floral.  The Aussie launch continues to take place at a pop-up series hosted at Paddington Inn where you too can enjoy the multifarious seasonal rendition of the 20 year old gin presented to mark the summer season!

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The official Disaronno® wears Diesel cocktail

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As many know blue denim is the only colour I allow myself to wear, so I was thrilled when I heard Diesel was designing the bottle.  Now my bottle of Disaronno I keep in my closet doesn’t look out of place!  The launch of this epic collaboration of two Italian brand titans was such a nice event, the space, the vibe, the crowd – Belissimo!

The Saronno Italian liquer, Disaronno® is constantly changing its look, and in it’s latest incarnation, steps in to classic signature denim textile in a limited edition collaboration with Breganze fashion label, Diesel.

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(L-R): Georgia Dawes, Anna Mace & Myself at the illustrious launch

The luxurious amber liquer forms the base of many popular cocktails and potions, and is a hit on the rocks with its almond distinction using a recipe that has remained unchanged since the 16th Century.

Disaronno wears Diesel is a limited edition bottle wrapped in an eye-grabbing denim pattern, representing Diesel’s signature fabric.

The design reflects the synergies of the two brands: both are world-renowned, Italy-based companies that share a strong focus on promoting creativity and originality.

“Every year, the announcement of the Disaronno Limited Edition collaboration is an important international occasion, which we always look forward to. This year, the Disaronno bottle, with its unmistakable shape, takes on an unexpected look full of character. It is the perfect blend of Italian style and modernity,” said Augusto Reina, CEO of ILLVA Saronno Holding.

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International Coffee Day Cocktail Class with Tia Maria

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Credit: Mark Sherbourne / Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst

In celebration of International Coffee Day on the 1 October,  for one night only, Tia Maria presents Sydney’s first ever dedicated coffee cocktail masterclass.

The launch allowed guests to shake and stir extravagant cocktails at Sydney’s ultimate speakeasy, Eau De Vie.

Celebrating coffee cocktail culture in Australia, guests can try their hand at making 3 different cocktails; the signature Tia Espresso Martini, Twisted Tia and Espresso Zabaione.

Eau De Vie’s chefs have created a bespoke dessert pairing for each cocktail.

screen-shot-2019-10-01-at-11.25.06-am.pngGuests will also get to enjoy their own drinks made by the cocktail connoisseurs at Eau De Vie while enjoying the class. An array of delicious sweet treats will also be paired with the cocktails.

Australia’s Coffee Obsession in Numbers 

  • One in four Australians (27%) can’t survive the day without coffee –  Mccrindle
  • 3 in 4 Australians enjoy at least one cup of coffee per day and of those, 28% have three or more cups per day – Mccrindle
  • screen-shot-2019-10-01-at-11.24.53-am.png71,957 people are employed by the coffee industry in Australia – IBIS World
  • Australians consume 22.8 million cups of coffee daily, with 2.1 billion brewed daily globally – ICO
  • Australia 15th in global coffee consumption – ICO

It’s no secret that Australians love their coffee cocktails, Espresso Martinis are far more popular than the Avocado smash.

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The official taste testers of Sailor Jerry’s new RTD range

It’s a spice rum blend in honour of a Hawaiian ex-Navy vet his tattoo designs that were popular with World War II soldiers and sailors.


“Australians are going to be the first to experience these RTDs, just in time for the warmer months! These maintain the same authentic Sailor Jerry spirit. The combination of our iconic bold rum with delicious cola or dry ginger flavours is one we know they are going to love.” said Global Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador Gravy Thomas.  Crafted in the traditional Navy way by William Grant & Sons, Sailor Jerry is bold and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilal made from Caribbean Rum with an ABV of 46%.

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Imogen Anthony shows the crowd how to do Sailor Jerry shots, the right way!

Sydney socialites payed homage to the tradition of this fine whisky and heritage of tattoos in a celebration at the basement of Ramblin Rascal Tavern despite the winter chill shards that carried themselves over into the beginning of Spring!

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The world’s most loved Irish blow-up Pub

Finally a jumping castle for the big kids!  Complete with licensed staff and insurance, create  your very own pop-up bar when looking for something different to do for that next celebration.   From music to food and your own craft beer just for your event, Owen, Mike and Chris who run The Paddy Wagon Pub are on to a winner!

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All Hands Brewing House wins 2 major categories and medals at the Independent Beer Awards 2019!

In Victoria earlier this month at the culmination of the BrewCon and Trade Expo, the Indies (Independent Beer Awards) saw All Hands Brewing House take the medal home for Champion Australian Independendent Brewery in the major ‘Brewpub’ category and NSW State Champion title!  They also won a further 7 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their 6 brews in the two day competition gaining favor with judges over the hundreds of beers entered across a range of styles!

The Boiler Room Dinner was an opportunity to celebrate the super duo and men of the hour – Head Brewer, Sam Clayman (who has a PhD in biology and Diploma in Brewing Science) and Assistant Brewer, Tim Radjenovic.  

A sensory experience in pairing food with their brew:

The sensory extension to the signature brews and whiskies is executed in a way that challenges the diner.   Venue Manager, Craig Morgan described the collaboration in menu design and  rationale behind the pairings with Executive Chef, Michael Acevedo.  “Both of us decided duck would work really well with with the IPA which cuts through the greasiness, Chef came up with the braised pork rib, which is describe on the menu with pineapple and we’ve put it into the braise.   The pear tart and combination of blue cheese whether you like it or don’t like it – it confuses the palette”

Handing over the reigns to Benriach Distillery, hosts for the evening, the food, wine and beer pairing are a new concept for All Hands as it’s always been about the beer.    It was a great opportunity for the lads to let their hair down and bask in the glory of their wins.  An event like this opens the discovery of their Darling Harbour brew to new audiences in a destination dining hotspot for locals and visitors. 

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