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World Class Cocktail Festival: 12 Events to Add to Your Calendar

Five days of quality cocktail and food experiences, epic pop-up events and parties are set to excite the city this month with the World Class Cocktail Festival.

Reigniting our love affair with outstanding hospitality, quality dining, award-winning cocktails and celebrating our nation’s best bartending talent, World Class Cocktail Festival, running from Wednesday 28th April to Sunday 2nd May, marks a significant milestone for the hospitality industry, as it welcomes customers back to bars and restaurants for the moments they’ve been missing, plus a whole lot more. Seven of the World’s 100 Best Bars are in Australia and every one of them are included in the festival lineup. The exciting schedule of events and unexpected partnerships, all set up like a music festival, is set to give the world a glimpse of what they can expect when the world’s most prestigious cocktail competition, Global Bartender of the Year, comes to Sydney in 2022.

So you don't miss out on a thing, here are the top events to check out during the World Class Cocktail Festival, from the main stage to the support acts.

World Class Cocktail Festival: Main Stage

Little Melbourne, Golden Age Bar

Melbourne’s reputation for hospitality shows up no better than in their incredible bar scene, so we’re paying tribute to our neighbouring city by celebrating a selection of their best! Award-winning Melbourne venues will take up temporary residence at the Golden Age Bar each evening, with an impressive line-up of bartending talent from the likes of Above Board, Black Pearl, BYRDI and The Everleigh (all featured in the World’s 100 Best Bars) coming to town to share their top Don Julio tipples with Sydneysiders.

Wednesday 28th April-Sunday 2nd May, 5pm-late

Wednesday 28 April, 5pm DUSTY FINGERS (FBi RADIO)

Thursday 29 April, 5pm LAUREN HANSOM

Friday 30 April, 5pm MIKE WHO

Saturday 1 May, 5pm LEVINS

Sunday 2 May, 5pm ARIANE

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Espresso Martini Project, Paramount Coffee Project

In partnership with PCP, and one for the true coffee connoisseur, Ketel One will be serving bespoke blend espresso martinis with your choice of Columbian or Ethiopian coffee beans.

Thursday 29th April, 5pm-7pm

80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Flex, Paramount Recreation Club

The flexitarian lifestyle is all about balance and you can be your best self by nurturing and partying at the Paramount Recreation Club rooftop, where we will host mid-morning yoga sessions followed by a vegan feast and fresh tasting, zero alcohol Seedlip cocktails along with low-calorie Ketel One Botanical spritzes. Heading into the afternoon, the vibe ignites and the tunes flow, as Don Julio hosts the ultimate sundowner sessions, offering signature margaritas and palomas.

Flex Mornings - $35 per session (free PRC members), bookings available at Saturday 10:30am - Yoga, Sunday 10.30am - Pilates

Flex Mami & Friends x Don Julio - $15 tickets available at the door and ahead of time, each ticket includes a $15 cocktail

Saturday 1st May & Sunday 2nd May, 2pm-8pm, bookings available at:

Saturday 1st May:

2pm-4pm Teriyaki Mami

4pm-6pm FLEX MAMI

6pm-8pm DJ NES TBC

Sunday 2nd May:

2pm-4pm Teriyaki Mami

4pm-6pm FLEX MAMI

6pm-8pm LEVINS

L2/80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills


World Class Cocktail Festival: Headliners

Cantina OK!
Cantina OK! – Mama OK!

A cultural collaboration never seen before; Cantina OK! (placed #28 in World’s Best Bars) is teaming up with cult kebab shop Shwarmama for Mama OK! - a unique Sunday pop-up where you can spend the afternoon enjoying tasty tacos and Don Julio margaritas.

Sunday 2nd May, 2pm-8pm

Shwarmama - Shop 2/106-112 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Bulletin Place x Belsazar Place

Ranked 39th in the World’s Best Bars, Bulletin Place will introduce Belsazar Place, a long-term installation at the foot of their popular CBD establishment that takes inspiration from Berlin’s much-loved small bar culture. Taking over part of the laneway, Belsazar Place will highlight the German Vermouth through a carefully curated cocktail list while bringing familiar German flavours to the fore with its bar snack menu including pretzels and onion dip, house pickled caraway carrots, and smoked curry almonds.

Wednesday 28th April-Saturday 1st May, 5pm-late

10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney

Maybe Sammy – Maybe Sevilla (Closing Party)

Three of the World’s 50 Best Bars are in Sydney and the highest on the list, placing 11th is the incredible, theatrical, and formidable, Maybe Sammy. The team here will take honours hosting the World Class Cocktail Festival closing party, Spanish style. Tanqueray N° TEN & Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla cocktails will be a highlight of the night as the sounds of live Latin music will set the mood for the celebration as the week comes to a close and we send our new Australian Bartender of the Year to compete against the rest of the world as part of the global World Class finals.

Sunday 2nd May, 4pm-12am

115 Harrington Street, The Rocks

World Class Cocktail Festival: Collabs

Butter x CÎROC

Cult burger brand Butter has teamed up with Luke Whearty from BYRDI (#80 World’s Best Bars) to create the limited edition ‘Dirty Byrdi’, a limited-edition Butter Fried Chicken (fat wash) CÎROC martini served with chicken bites you’ll only be able to order throughout the festival. For something a little sweeter, opt for a Don Julio Cherry Cola Slushie paired with the infamous Butter OG Sandwich.

Wednesday 28th April-Sunday 2nd May, from 5pm

6 Hunt Street, Surry Hills

Old Mates
Old Mate’s Place

Kerby Craig and Jo Siahaan from Ume Burger and Don Taco will be putting up a selection of Okinawan Tex Mex inspired tacos while the team from Old Mate’s Place will be matching each Okinawa taco with a signature Johnnie Walker Black Highball.

Friday 30th April – Sunday 2nd April, 12pm – 4pm

Level 4/199 Clarence Street, Sydney

Dead Ringer, surry hills
Dead Ringer

Easy like a Sunday morning, dig into a brunch complete with Ketel One Botanical spritzes and breakfast martinis.

Sunday 2nd May, 10.30am – 3pm

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

World Class Cocktail Festival: Backstage

Double Deuce Lounge
Double Deuce Lounge

Disco your night away with the Ketel One Kitchen Disco Party at favourite late-night hangout, Double Deuce. A night with DJs spinning 70s soul and funk vinyl, served up with delicious canapés and 70s inspired Ketel One cocktails.

Thursday 29th April, DJ live from 9pm

6 Bridge Street, Sydney

Sammy Junior
Sammy Junior

Dress up your drink! Turn an ordinary martini into your own creative canvas by printing pictures and messages on your drink! In partnership with Ketel One, Roe & Co and Mr Black, Sammy Junior will be serving bespoke espresso martinis and Irish coffees. You can also exercise some creative flair by adding your own personalised design on the foam, making it a photo moment not to miss!

Thursday 29th April, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Friday 30th April, 5pm-10pm

66 King Street, Sydney

Earl's Juke Joint
Earl’s Juke Joint

It’s 90s night at Earl's Juke Joint looking at the ’Decade that Cocktails Forgot‘ with Ketel One and all your favourite 90s tunes to keep the vibes flowing.

Thursday 29th April, DJ live from 9pm

407 King Street, Newtown


Loved our edit of the best events during the World Class Cocktail Festival? Then you have to start making your way through our list of the best new bar openings in Sydney.

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