Drinking events that raise the bar this winter

Winter is the season for treating yourself. In traditional Melbourne-style, there are plenty of drinking and dining events to keep you warm from your fingers to your toes.
Eau De Vie winter degustation and appreciation society nights
Cosy cocktails? Tick. Five-course degustation? Tick. An exceptional dinner pairing some of the best bartenders in Melbourne with a talented head chef, book for Eau de Vie’s winter cocktail degustation. It’s a night that’s guaranteed to make you forget about the chill. Wednesdays to Saturdays until 24 June.
Eau de Vie‘s highly anticipated Appreciation Society nights will also continue throughout winter. Each month has a different theme and includes generous tastings, information and demonstrations. June will see absinthe debunked, July’s theme is chocolate and whiskey while August focuses on Australian whiskey.

A bartender making cocktails

Eau De Vie winter degustation

The Botanical Wine Bar Wednesdays
Make a regular date for winter Wednesdays at Botanical HotelIn collaboration with Winestyle, enjoy wine tastings, meet-and-greets and special ‘by the glass’ prices from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the main bar. Their popular live jazz on Wednesday also continues throughout the season.
A jazz band playing in a bar

Wednesday Jazz at The Botanical Hotel

Nordic Gin cocktail class
Learn how to create sophisticated gin cocktails at home at Henry and the Fox’s Nordic Gin cocktail class. Bartender Rion Heenan will join cocktail guru Joey Tai from specialist liquor importer Baranows Emporium to arm you with tips and tricks. The ticket price includes a complimentary Kyrö Gin and canapés. Saturday 10 June.
Ten gin bottles on a table in a restaurant

Henry & the Fox Nordic Gin Cocktail Class

Milk the Cow
Looking for more blue-tiful ways to gorge on cheese this winter? Head to one of the Alpine-themed fondue nights Milk the Cow on Tuesday 13 or Thursday 22 June. Along with a freshly made, stringy fondue pot, taste through European cheese and enjoy a hot Glühwein (mulled wine). Other winter events include the fromagerie’s popular ‘Perfect Match’ wine-and-cheese matched tastings as well as expert-led wine nights.
The Vertue of the Coffee Drink Coffee Cupping
If coffee is your favourite poison, head to the Vertue of the Coffee Drink. Marrying quality coffee with Melbourne-brunch standards, the team host weekly coffee cupping sessions. Join them for a bean to cup education on the process of coffee making. Guest will also learn how to cup coffee and how to identify coffee flavour notes. Wednesdays from 10am.