If that dream Amalfi holiday is not on the horizon, don’t stress. Your favourite East End bars are putting an Italian spin on knock-off drinks with the Aperitivo event for Tasting Australia. Six popular East End watering holes are each offering their own special take on the Mediterranean before-dinner drinks (from the happiest hour price of $9).
Choose your own wine adventure with Mother Vine’s extensive wine list; opt for a classic Chianti, or why not venture into unknown waters with rarer varietals like Montepulciano or Nero D’Avola?
Relive the joys of summer with an Aperol or Pampelle Spritz at The William Bligh, paired with a little grilled chorizo and Italian balsamic glaze.
At East End Cellars, a “Negroni Sbagliato” is the drink of choice, served with Gilda Pintxos skewers.
New kid on the block, Hellbound Wine Bar, puts an Aussie spin on their aperitivo selection with an Applewood Okar Amaro Spritz accompanied with spiced almonds.
Choose from a Chaffey Bros, Pax Aeterna Old Vine Grenache, Prancing Pony Black ale or Mismatch Lager at BRKLYN where they will also be dishing up mozzarella sticks and fried Brooklyn picks as an ode to their New York inspo.
Gin connoisseurs, The Howling Owl, are blending Settlers’ Spirits Old Tom gin with a lemon myrtle infused syrup, strawberry gum, thyme and fresh strawberries accompanied by Settlers’ gin-infused cheddar cheese, locally-made prosciutto and Beerenberg fig jam.
Whether it’s a pit stop or a night-long affair, pop in for a great pour. No bookings – walk in, pay as you go and enjoy. Choose one venue or try them all. Download their map here for all the details or pick one up at your first stop.
Aperitivo kicks off on the 18th and runs till the 20th. The drinks are available at any of the venues from 4 till 7pm. Check out the Tasting Australia event page for more details.