Upcoming Events: November 2015


Presenting DrinkMelbourne’s top 10 events in Melbourne this month.

1. Yaaas. On a swish yacht is the way to contend with Melbourne Cup Day. Lounge in the Hecker Guthrie designed interior of the luxury M.V. Pearl as Bright Young Things serves up their amazing bites, acoustic music and plenty of bubbles. Tablets and sweeps will be on offer for those who simply must have a flutter. Boater hats at the ready: they’ll even have a fashions on the water competition.

Tuesday 3rd November, noon / Docklands / Bookings $250

2. Next up in Ombra’s ‘Shadow Thieves’ dinner series is That’s the Spirit. A five course dinner paired with Hippocampus Vodka, Four Pillars Gin, Causes & Cures Vermouth, Starward Whisky, beer, prosecco and wines sounds like a good way to remedy a serious bout of Mondayitis.

Monday 9th November, 6.30pm / Melbourne CBD / Tickets $95

3. Jardin Tan has all the goodtime essentials planned for their afternoon Summer Sunset Sessions. Every Sunday during the season, the Royal Botanic Gardens welcomes a rotating dj line-up (DJ AK is on board for the launch event), seasonal cocktails like Vietnamese Sangria, craft beer, Shannon Bennett’s food and garden games like over-sized Jenga.

Sunday 1st November, 2pm-7.00pm  / South Yarra / Details

4. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is hosting an intimate Melbourne Islay Tasting over supper at The Kilburn. Tipples will focus on whiskies from the Scottish island of Islay, known for their notes of smoke and peat.

Thursday 5th November, 6.30pm / Hawthorn / Tickets $50-$75

5. A gin festival is exactly what Melbourne needs. Thank you Pilgrim, Riverland and West Winds Gin for bringing us Juniperlooza. Expect meet-the-maker sessions and a tasting or two naturally. Gin Palace, Bad Frankie, Archie Rose, Popstic (hello negroni sorbet!), Four Pillars, Melbourne Gin Co. and many more are on board.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th, noon-8pm / Melbourne / Tickets $25

6. You know we’re just going straight for the Prosecco at this one. 10 wineries in King Valley combine forces for La Dolce Vita an Italian-inspired food and wine festival. The road-trip up North sounds worth it.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th November / King Valley / Tickets $20

7. Cocktail art. I’m in! Nieuw Amsterdam turns into a temporary gallery as artists Maria Montes exhibits Breaking the Ice. See cocktail and ingredient-inspired illustrations, prints, objects and lettering. Exhibition cocktails available at the bar. Runs until 6th December.

Saturday 28th November, 2pm (opening drinks) / Melbourne CBD / Details

8. Leading the Dia de los Muertos a.k.a Day of the Dead celebrations is Espolon Tequila who are throwing a series of parties at Big Mouth, Bimbo Deluxe, Kodiak Club’s Little Blood, The Penny Black and Touche Hombre (check in with the venues for specific date/times). Celebrations will vary but you may stumble upon Mexican street food and tacos, sugar skull face painting, live art, margaritas, tequila shots and other special cocktails.

Now – Monday 2nd November / Melbourne CBD, Fitzroy, Brunswick, St Kilda / Details

9. Pelican Lawn becomes the food pinnacle of Melbourne for an extended long weekend at Taste of Melbourne. Many of our best local restaurants will be dishing out their signatures, so there’s naturally plenty to drink alongside those too. Taste will have a travelling rum distillery, DIY gin, mezcal masterclasses, pisco and no shortage of wine.

Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th November, noon-10pm (no lunch Thursday, no dinner Sunday) / Albert Park / Tickets $25.49+

10. And of course November is Good Food Month. Here’s how to drink your way through it!

To submit an upcoming event for December email: sarah@drinkmelbourne.com.au


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