Maybe Cocktail Festival, Australia’s Biggest Bartending Showcase, Returns To Sydney In April
— 19 March 2024

Maybe Cocktail Festival, Australia’s Biggest Bartending Showcase, Returns To Sydney In April

— 19 March 2024
Randy Lai
Randy Lai

Focus up, Sydneysiders — Maybe Cocktail Festival is back for 2024.

Now in its sophomore edition (this time around in partnership with PUBLIC Hospitality) the annual mixological extravaganza once again sees bartenders from around the globe make the pilgrimage to Australia, for a week of takeovers at some of Sydney’s best bars.

As ever, the festival (occurring this time around from April 9th — 14th ) is open to all members of the public; with space allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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This year, the various Maybe Cocktail Festival takeovers are set to unfold across 11 Sydney venues: including Oxford House Pool Bar (pictured).

Always a great time, no matter whether you’re a ‘World’s Best Bars’ fanatic or casual drinker, this edition of Maybe Cocktail Festival promises to be the Sammy crew’s biggest and most cosmopolitan to date. Over the course of a five-day schedule, attendees will have no less than 30 international guest bartenders to choose from. Many of whom are, with no exaggeration, at the cutting edge of modern, Michelin-worthy mixology.

Together, these personalities represent a macrocosm of the world’s great drinking cities: with some of my personal highlights including Remy Savage of Bar Nouveau; Dante NYC’s Roberto Bracco; Federico Balzarini at ARGO Hong Kong; and Lorenzo Antinori (the latter of whom previously helped pen Boss Hunting‘s ultimate Americano cocktail recipe).

With so much global talent concentrated in the Harbour City, how’s it all going to work this time around Pretty straightforwardly as it turns out.

All of the festival’s 30 visiting bartenders will be taking up residence at 1 of 11 CBD/inner city bars. Each will present three to four signature cocktails from the home venues, priced within the $20 — $25 range.

“19 of the 21 events [this year] are free to attend,” says Stefano Catino, the Festival’s Director. “With cost of living being so high, it’s very expensive for Australians to travel overseas. Our festival gives people the opportunity to drink cocktails from an amazing bar in Rome or try a Tommy’s Margarita from the gentleman who created it — without the cost of a plane ticket.”

To view the full schedule of Maybe Cocktail Festival 2024, and to RSVP, check out the link below.

Pictured: The Bar Nouveau Paris crew, including founder Remy Savage (first from left) and young Aussie talent Harrison Kenney (fourth from left counterclockwise).

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Randy Lai
Following 6 years in the trenches covering consumer luxury across East Asia, Randy joins Boss Hunting as the team's Commercial Editor. His work has been featured in A Collected Man, M.J. Bale, Soho Home, and the BurdaLuxury portfolio of lifestyle media titles. An ardent watch enthusiast, boozehound and sometimes-menswear dork, drop Randy a line at [email protected].


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