C&G’s Guide to the Melbourne Cocktail Festival

Crazy about cocktails? You’re in luck – Melbourne will be celebrating its love for cocktails with a five-day Cocktail Festival from the 26th of February until the 1st of March. The best local and international bartenders will be collaborating to host delicious tasting sessions, as well as industry talks and ticketed parties. This latest C&G blog rounds up all the exciting events on offer so you don’t miss out.

SPLASH! Tasting Day

SPLASH! will be happening on Thursday the 27th of February at the Craft & Co in Collingwood. There are two sessions at 3pm and 6pm, perfect for a bottomless afternoon or post-work gathering! A ticket to this event will score you unlimited tastings from some of the world’s best beer, wine and spirit makers who have gathered to celebrate their innovation and creativity. Some notable names include Four Pillars Distillery, Seedlip and Bass & Flinders. This event is not to be missed – book your tickets here!


If you’re a curious mind who loves learning new things, the Melbourne Cocktail Symposium is the event for you. From 9:00am until 5:30pm on the 26th of February, the Craft & Co will be buzzing with curated talks, panels and workshops featuring the most prominent figures in the beverage industry. Some of the topics covered include the future of bar design, lock-out laws and fermentation! This is perfect for budding bartenders or hospitality workers who want to break into the industry or simply pick up some valuable tips from the industry leaders. The full line-up of guests can be viewed here, and tickets can be purchased here.

Bar Safari

The Bar Safari will be taking bar hopping to a whole new level! A Safari Pass will let you enjoy unlimited $15 exclusive cocktails from 24 of the best Melbourne bars including 1806, Beneath Driver Lane, Bomba and Union Electric. You also score a digital recipe book and free entry to the Cocktail Festival’s closing party at Whitehart Bar. Check out the full list of participating bars here and score your tickets here!


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