Free Moutai cocktail tastings in Sydney CBD

Kweichow Moutai, the national spirit of China, is hosting an ‘East meets West’ Christmas tasting in its Sydney showroom at Shop 2, 398 Sussex Street Sydney NSW 2000 from 21st to 23rd of December from 5pm to 8pm.

Across three nights, the luxury spirit that lands at around $250 per bottle will be rewarding Christmas shoppers with one complimentary cocktail and snacks.

China’s luxury clear spirit, Moutai, dates back to 135 B.C. and contains 53 percent alcohol. The spirit is made from shorghum and wheat and is distilled nine times. It takes its name from the Moutai village in the Guizhou province of China which is located 400 metres above sea level and is surrounded by mountainous terrain. Like Cognac, Moutai, can only be made in Moutai.

Moutai is highly regarded as the top spirit brand within China, holding its position and market share ahead of thousands of competing brands.

Moutai which is distributed globally on a strictly allocation basis, opened its first Australian showroom in March 2014.

Moutai distributes a range of products, with the most famous being the ‘53% Flying Fairy’. The Sydney showroom also stocks rare, aged Moutai products, with some single bottle prices exceeding $5000.

Moutai can be purchased through its showroom in Sydney, through Dan Murphy’s, and in many of Australia’s top Chinese restaurants.

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Crane Bar celebrates its 2nd Birthday with a star-studded guestlist

The Japanese bar and restaurant, Crane Bar, located in Potts Point celebrated its ‘Age of Elegance’ themed second birthday on 16 December 2014.

Guests were treated to handcrafted cocktails, fine wines, and the venue’s sushi and sashimi signature dishes. Their Taichi chef demonstrated the cutting of a 35 kilogram tuna and guests got to eat the freshest sashimi ever.

Guests also got to see the venue’s newly renovated garden area. Superstar DJ Dem Foxes played the tunes all night.while guests danced in this garden area.

The star studded guests included: Channel 7’s The Morning Show TV presenter and 1997 Miss Australia, Laura Csortan; Singer and actress Casey Burgess who is famous for her work on the children’s show Hi-5; Out of the Blue and Home and Away actor Samara Weaving; television and radio presenter Scott Tweedie best known for his role in television series Prank Patrol and music program The Loop; MTV VJ Kristian ‘Krit’ Schmidt; and style expert Joshua Heath.

The venue decided to donate to the Red Cross Christmas Appeal to assist those affected by the Sydney Siege instead of postponing the party.

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SoCal Neutral Bay celebrates their first birthday

On 9 December 2014, SoCal at Neutral Bay, the southern Californian inspired restaurant and bar celebrated their first birthday with an exclusive birthday bash attended by 100 people consisting of top media, locals and celebrities. Notable guests included Tom Steinfort, Dan Churchill, Caroline Groth, Arrnott Olssen, and North Sydney Council Major, Jilly Gibson.

Guests were greeted on arriving with two classic SoCal cocktails, the Margarita (Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, lime, a dash of sugar & a half salt rim) and the Garden Party (Blueberry-infused Tanqueray gin, elderflower liqueur, spiced blueberry syrup, rhubarb bitters & basil).

Head Chef Zac Smart provided a selection of dishes especially for the event, which included Lamb, ricotta & raisin empanada, Grilled vegetable empanada, Ceviche lettuce cups, Sriracha chicken quesadillas, Chicken & sopressada sliders, Spiced eggplant tostadas, Flank steak & chimichurri, Southern fried chicken and slaw, and Spiced vegetable cous cous.

SoCal is owned by the boutique hospitality group, Applejack Hospitality, which also owns Bondi Hardware at Bondi, The Botanist at Kirribilli and the recently opened The Butler at Potts Point

With quality southern Californian food and drinks, matched with exceptional service and a large outdoor terrace, SoCal is the perfect Neutral Bay venue during the warmer months.

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UE Boom celebrates the Sound of Summer at the Bucket List Bondi

UE Boom By Ultimate Ears is the summer accessory to share the Sounds of Summer with your friends. It is Australia’s biggest-selling wireless Bluetooth speaker. It has a 15 hour battery life, is water and stain resistant and comes in a range of colours. You can play music from two bluetooth enabled devices at the same time, wirelessly connect two UE BOOMs together in stereo via the UE BOOM app to instantly spread the sound and volume, or take phone calls from up to 50 metres away! 

On 7 December 2014, UE Boom launched the Sounds of Summer by hosting two free live events at The Bucket List in Bondi and Komune Beach Club in the Gold Coast. Music was broadcast live between the bars and sponsored by NOVA 96.9 and 90.9 Sea FM. Celebrity guests, bloggers and party peeps at both venues experienced the unique opportunity to celebrate the beachside summer vibes to all live acts.

In Bondi, MC Faustina Agolley (aka Fuzzy) cranked the UE BOOM to the all Australian live line up which included Mis Joelle, Lime Cordiale, Thief, Justice Crew and What About Tonight. 

Social media sensation, Kurt Coleman, flew in to Sydney for the day from the Gold Coast to attend the event. At the age of 17, he has more followers on Facebook and Instagram than most bloggers could dream of. While everyone was drinking alcohol in the VIP area, he drank coke and informed everyone that he was only a month or two away from drinking alcohol. He was very pleasant, posing for photographs and sharing his story of how he was expelled from high school when he became popular on social media.

UE Booms were given away at both venues. Party peeps entered the competition to win one by uploading a photo on Instagram, hashtagging #makemusicsocial and tagging the corresponding venue.

So #makemusicsocial this summer and check out the official UE BOOM Sounds of Summer playlist at: http://on.rdio.com/1CwEmJA

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Japanese bar Goros launches in Surry Hills

On 4 December 2014, Goros, a new Japanese bar located at Mary Street Surry Hills (at the former Taylors on Central Hotel site) hosted media and VIP guests for their official opening night.

The venue is run by the hospitality group Solotel, the company behind great bars such as the Opera Bar, Quay Bar, Clock Hotel, Courthouse and Riverbar in Brisbane, in partnership with a Japanese man called Goro. Goro recites his tale on leaving Japan and coming to Australia on the Goros website.

Surry Hills is quickly becoming ‘the place’ to be Sydney. It is away from the lockout area. Goros is the perfect venue to unwind, eat great food, drink great beer, sake and most importantly, have fun.

At Goros, the alcohol list is exceptional. From Japanese sake to cocktails with a twist, Goro’s offers drinks that won’t be found anywhere else (including their mango beer). When it comes to food, it is not design to share. The menu features traditional Japanese street food such as yakitori, karaage and gyoza – all delivered in small, ready-to-eat servings – no cutting involved. For lunchtime visitors, bento boxes, hand rolls and donburi of the day are also available. 

This brand new venue is in stark contrast to the pub furnishings, pool tables, and poker room of the previous tenant. The interior of Goros is filled with items collected from Goro’s exotic world travels – family photos, souvenirs and a mish mash of Japanese paraphernalia. Television screens with Iron Chef, baseball and the incredible game show that brought Goro to Sydney are on repeat – there’s always something to watch.

Goros will be open Monday to Saturday until late. Visit goros.com.au for more information about the menu and Goros, the man himself!

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