Monkey Shoulder whisky celebrates Chinese New Year in Sydney

This year we are celebrating the “Year of the Monkey”, and Monkey Shoulder is excited to announce that it will bring its smooth and versatile scotch whisky to the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, with a whisky cocktail bar.

The custom created bar will celebrate all things Monkey, and will transport you into the Monkey Shoulder world with its cheeky wit and charm. A range of delicious cocktails will be on offer, including Monkey Mojito’s, Monkey old-fashioned, and a Monkey Shoulder spin on the old-pina colada, titled Jungle Juice, which is predicted to be a crowd favourite. The cocktails will all showcase the versatility of Monkey Shoulder, and have been crafted to change the way Scotch whisky is perceived. Patrons to the bar will also be given a fortune cookie. With 4 flavours to choose from, each depicts a flavour characteristic from the Monkey Shoulder whisky itself.

The Monkey Shoulder Whisky Bar will be at the heart of Sydney’s official Chinese New Year celebrations, open from 5pm to 10pm in Martin Place from 6th February to 14th February, 2016 and then relocating to spread the festive cheer in World Square from 15th February to 21st February, 2016.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of mainland China, and runs from the 6th February – 21st February, 2016. The 16-day program includes performances, talks, tours, entertainment, installations, exhibitions and special one-off events celebrating the diverse cultures that observe Lunar New Year. The festival’s main feature  this year will be Lunar Lanterns, with giant lanterns representing the animal signs of the Chinese zodiac at locations across the city centre.

 Monkey Shoulder is the worlds first triple malt whisky, and to this day is still tended by hand by the experienced Malt Men of Speyside. The smooth and rich premium Scotch Whisky comes from the unique combination of three tasty Speyside single malts, expertly married in small batches to create a versatile flavour like no other.

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Chinese New Year festivities are set to commence

Spectacular giant lanterns representing animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac will take over some of Sydney’s most popular locations as part of next year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Lunar Lanterns, the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, will mark the 20th anniversary of the festival and its evolution from a small community event to the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside China.

“As Sydney embarks on a period of transformation, we are using this opportunity to revitalise and reimagine one of Sydney’s most-loved festivals to make it bigger and better than ever before,” the Lord Mayor said. Lunar Lanterns is a contemporary take on a centuries-old tradition, with some lanterns standing multiple storeys high, located throughout the city from Circular Quay to Chinatown from 6–14 February 2016.

Lanterns will flank the entrance to Circular Quay, transform the business heart of Martin Place and illuminate the bustling streets of Chinatown, allowing everyone to follow the trail to find their zodiac sign and bringing the summer nights to life in a uniquely Australian celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Lunar Lanterns will be one of the highlight events of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations which will run from 6–21 February.

The festival will include favourite events like the Dragon Boat races, Lunar Feasts and more than 70 associated events.

The City is also planning a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s sister-city relationship with Guangzhou. Since it began in Sydney, the City has produced 108 events for the Chinese New Year Festival, supported more than 600 associated events and hosted 10 delegations from China to be part of the celebrations.

The festival now attracts more than 600,000 visitors to more than 80 events across the city, also making it one of the most popular events in Sydney’s calendar.

For more information on the Chinese New Year Program, Visit the City of Sydney Website here.