Cocktail heaven in Coogee

The Thirsty Travellers don’t travel south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge too often these days … unless we’re heading to the airport … but we couldn’t resist an invitation to try out Coogee Pavilion’s newly opened middle floor. The space lay empty for the past five years, but owner Justin Hemmes has finally written his…

Cellarmasters organic wine masterclass

The Thirsty Travellers were invited to an organic wine masterclass at the Cellarmasters headquarters this week. Ginger was thriled to visit the Cellarmasters tasting room, as it’s situated in the former Reader’s Digest building – recognised as an iconic example of Brutalist architecture – in Surry Hills. It also features one of the city’s first…

Durham Distillery: where art meets chemistry

By North America correspondent Nick Kenny The Big Lebowski is a great film.  Let’s not argue that point.  Really, what’s there to argue?  It’s a great film.   What you may not know or care about are that (a) it introduced me to “White Russians” – a good thing, and (b) somehow White Russians became our…

Sunset drinks at Avalon Beach House

If you’re seeking a laidback spot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for sunset drinks on a balmy evening, our vote goes to Avalon Beach House. We’re usually lucky enough to score a seat next to the window at the funky bar and restaurant, which is perched above Avalon Surf Club, and we never tire of joyously…

Taylors Wines launches ‘Summer House of Shiraz’

The Taylors Wines Summer House of Shiraz was unveiled last week and The Thirsty Travellers were were lucky enough to score an invite. Following on from the success of last year’s Cellar Door at Sea, the event continues Taylors Wines’ celebration of enjoying perfectly chilled reds during summer. Guests were taken by water taxi to a Point Piper mansion…

Hendrick’s Gin launches Midsummer Solstice

Hendrick’s Gin celebrated the launch of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice by transforming Sydney’s iconic pub the Paddo Inn with a one-of-its-kind takeover and Ginger was invited along for a taste test. The new small-batch, limited-edition gin – the first innovation in Australia since launching its flagship gin over 20 years ago – is a floral incarnation…

QE2 launch for Starward Seafarer whisky

Starward held a remarkable tasting event Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth this week to celebrate its new Seafarer whisky. The distiller filled two identical Australian shiraz oak barrels with whisky last year and bolted one to the deck of the Queen Elizabeth to sail 95,000 nautical miles around the globe, while the other stayed at its Melbourne…

Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare Port Ellen Whiskies launch

Diageo launched its Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen with a whisky-matched degustation menu at Sydney Opera House’s Bennelong restaurant. The Thirsty Travellers joined Sydney’s top whisky bloggers for the evening, which kicked off with Johnnie Walker Blue cocktail. Very fancy, as Johnnie Walker Blue retails for around $450 a bottle. The…

Master’s Keep Revival launch

The Thirsty Travellers enjoyed Australia’s first taste of Master’s Keep Revival last night during an intimate event at The Rocks Room. Master’s Keep Revival is an ode to a classic Wild Turkey bourbon recipe released decades ago by Eddie Russell’s father and distilling partner, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Made from a blend of rich flavours…