Merivale add Zebra Bar to Enmore’s dynamic Queens Hotel (Sydney)

The opening of the Queens Hotel late last year marked Merivale’s first ever venture into Sydney’s inner-west, refreshing an Enmore institution into what has now become the go-to for its gorgeous upstairs cocktail bar, The Smelly Goat, and resident dumpling kitchen Queen Chow. Now the property has added Zebra Bar to that offering, completing the two-level venue with a cozy upstairs terrace that’s pushed as an ideal spot for group bookings and 40-capacity events.... Read More | Share it now!

The Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival: a refreshing and accessible world-away experience

Throughout May and June, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival returns with an enormous number and range of events highlighting produce of the region and beyond. Each year the festival returns with big, comprehensive programs so we spent three days experiencing the region, the tastes and the people to try and pull out a few highlights, each highlighting Hunter Valley as a refreshing and otherworldly weekend option to Sydney-life.... Read More | Share it now!

The Lucas Groups’ three-level Japanese restaurant Kisumé has finally opened (Melbourne)

In what is a very big step for The Lucas Group long-awaited, three-level concept restaurant Kisumé has finally been unveiled to the public, opening for lunch and dinner with designs to become a major player in Melbourne’s dining scene. Fashioned as a contemporary Japanese restaurant, Kisumé offers diners three options: the ground floor and basement with a sushi bar; and Kuro Kisumé on the first floor, featuring a unique omakse-style dining experience for groups of 12, plus two private dining rooms and a Chablis bar.... Read More | Share it now!

Good Food for Good Cause: YWCA’s Song Kitchen to support domestic violence victims

Nourishment is a fundamental part of life and a way of connecting with our loved ones regularly, so why not make those nights out count even more by supporting a good cause? This notion seems to be gaining momentum across the food industry with Song kitchen’s profit for purpose model aiming to do just that. Located beneath the YWCA NSW’s Song Hotel (formerly the Y Hotel) all proceeds from the restaurant, café and bar fund services and support for domestic violence victims.... Read More | Share it now!

Diageo has named Australia’s top 20 bartenders for 2017

Each year the authoritative judging panel of Diageo Reserve World Class enters, analyses, and awards the Australia’s bar scene to celebrate its top performers. Swarms of talent stand behind bars across the country each and every night, ensuring that not only are we pulled into a world of well-made cocktails and well-selected spirits, but we feel welcomed and comfortable at our favourite drinking establishments. The ones who perform the best are curators to the highest degree, helping us cultivate our tastes and discover new favourites so that we get the most out of our visit to some of the best bars in the country. This top 20 list lets us know which bartenders are going that extra mile for their customers.... Read More | Share it now!

Manly Spirits Co. have opened their local distillery up to the public (Sydney)

Manly locals sure are spoiled when it comes to quintessential drinking spots. They’ve got Four Pines, which remains a favourite, and now just a short stroll down from the wharf is Manly Spirits Co., the Northern Beaches very first artisan distillery. Just opened recently for public tours, tastings and cocktails, the distillery aims to welcome in Manly’s famously breezy blend beach and urban life with casual sessions highlighting their various products, including a new range that showcases sustainably sourced native botanicals and foraged marine botanicals. ... Read More | Share it now!

Hendrick’s Gin announces The Awakening warehouse experience (Sydney)

Hendrick’s Gin is partnering with Sydney’s Siren Theatre Co to create an hour-long warehouse experience that is intriguingly light on details this June. This “journey”, as they are calling it, promises to delight your body, mind, instincts, emotions and reactions through a series of unexpected scenarios. Not to mention each ticket comes with a series of cocktails to indulge on during whilst you are “awakened”.... Read More | Share it now!

Lotus Dining open Madame Shanghai, a street food and yum cha restaurant, in Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Opened just a few weeks ago in Darlinghurst, Madame Shanghai is an old-school Shanghai street food and yum cha spot by the same team behind Sydney’s beloved Lotus restaurants and Papa Bo Min. Vintage-minded with a love of all things Chinoiserie, the new venue overlooks Hyde Park and brings a bit of Sydney’s leafy icon into its cocktail area with a Shanghai garden aesthetic, surrounding drinkers and diners with lush greenery and playful dabs of colour ranging from malachite to retro pink.... Read More | Share it now!

A massive three day dessert festival is coming to Vivid Sydney

As the city prepares for another round of Vivid Sydney some last minute events taking place during the festival are starting to take shape. The latest: a three-day festival of over-the-top and incredibly indulgent desserts like giant marshmallow sandwiches, dessert burgers and deep-fried oreo bites. It’s set to be a dramatic explosion of all things milk and sugar (in fact, the event is called Milk N Sugar) hosted above the Vivid walk at Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay, kicking off the same day as Vivid on Friday 26th May and lasting until Sunday 28th May.... Read More | Share it now!

Archie Rose release Japanese inspired gin fused with Tasmanian kombu, Fuji apples and sencha

Earlier this year we brought you news of a neat new collaboration between Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. and acclaimed tattoo artist Kian Forreal, better known as Shodai Horisumi. The partnership gave rise to a new series of four rare Japanese inspired gins, the first of which was Horisumi Autumn with a very curious infusion of red miso, sesame seed, and sancho pepper. Now the second release in that series has arrived, continuing to pay homage to the seasons with the name of Horisumi Winter, a gin promising the familiar “scents and emotions” of the colder months.... Read More | Share it now!