The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up bar launches at the Cruise Bar for VIVID 2015

On the first night of VIVID 2015, Friday 22 May, media and industry were invited to see VIVID from one of the best vantage spots in Circular Quay while enjoying Tanqueray cocktails and fine food for the launch of The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge at the Cruise Bar.

Cruise Bar has turned level one of its premises into a nautical inpired bar and level two of its premises into an Asian inspired Tanqueray Botanical Lounge pop-up specifically for VIVID 2015..

Inspired by the Hong Kong-esque water front light shows, The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge will be themed with colourful parasols, and ruby red lanterns illuminating the space with their seducing warmth.

Visitors will be drawn into a botanical wonderland, starting their journey from the ground floor with dense ivy panels creating a magical staircase reminiscent of a covert entrance. Enticing them upstairs will be the alluring and seductive sounds and smells of fresh herbs and cocktails being created with the world class favourite Gin.

Guests will be able to get their taste buds tingling with Tanqueray’s exclusive selection of unique mouth-watering cocktails. Enjoy the magic, and light up for the LIVID FOR a MARTINI, which contains the perfect mix of warm herbs and spices, or discover the bitter sensation of the TRICHROMATIC. Feeling safe, go simple with the NEGRONI, or channel your inner fighter with the kick-ass KUNG PAO SIPPER. If you are feeling nautical sail the high seas with the SHIP BREAK HIGHBALL, which has a delicious blend of lychee, Tanqueray, macadamia, dill and Yuzu.

Tanqueray gin combines a rich, full flavour and bold, layered taste, crafted from a complex combination of only the best botanicals (juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica root and liquorice), which have been selected and distilled to deliver an elegant and beautifully balanced premium gin since 1830.

The Tanqueray Botanical Lounge’s exotic-cool mix of cocktails, great food and top DJ talent makes this the spot for groups to gather and soak up the VIVID atmosphere all night long.

Free to enter, and open nightly from 5pm until late. The Tanqueray Botanical pop-up is open from Saturday 23rd June till Monday 8th June.

Group packages for 20 plus available, for more information please contact

For more information visit or P: (02) 9251 1188

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Hotel Centennial celebrates their first birthday with an elegant soiree

Hotel Centennial turned one and to celebrate a great year they invited locals and celebrities to an elegant soiree at their Scarlett Lounge with cocktails, Veuve Clicquot champagne, canapes and a big birthday cake on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

The night included a speech by editor at large of, Melissa Hoyer, and celebrity chef, Justin North.

Guests were spoilt with canapes including: heirloom tomato, goat’s cheese and basil tart; crab and cucumber brioche; Glacier 51 tooth fish roll ups with miso, black sesame and lime; yellow fin tuna tartare taco with green chilli and ginger; caramalised pork belly with wood fired eggplant; prosciutto and smoked buffalo mozzarella croquettes and nettle aioli; native ribery fruit meringues; and chocolate fudge with smoked salt.

Drinks included Veuve Clicquot champagne and cocktails such as: Centennial Sunrise made of Mezcal Amores, pineapple, Cilantro, lime and Habanero Grenadine; Berry and Black Tea Punch made of FAIRRum, FAIRGoji liqueur, black tea, orange and cinnamon; and Mayan Flip made of Mezcal Amores, vanilla liqueur, coffee, chocolate bitters, chilli syrup and whole egg.

The festivities continued through the week with events including an organic high tea on Monday, a Best of Woollahra dinner on Wedesday, a celebrity chef dinner with Manu Feildel and Justin North on Thursday, and Friday flutes on Friday.

The Hotel Centennial was originally established in 1888, and after a million refurbishment was transformed from a pub into an elegant bar and reopened in April 2014 by Halcyon Hotels. The hotel won the 2014 AHA award for the best redeveloped hotel in Sydney.

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The Crab Carnival has launched at the Morrison and its going to be crabtastic

Sydney’s own New York style brasserie, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room located at 225 George Street, Sydney, launched its Crab Carnival on 31 March 2015.

Guests were invited to try the new crab menu, drink crab cocktails (with crab legs in the drink), enjoy crab races, and watch two brave participants entered a crab eating contest with owner and Head Chef Sean Connolly.

Guests enjoyed a menu of: crab and lettuce tacos,  snow crab rolls, soft shell crab sliders, blue swimmer crab and corn chowder, chilli mud crab with duck fat chips and cabbage and parmasan slaw, and lemon meringue pie.

Following on from last year’s success, this year’s carnival promises to be even more fantastic with an extended extra two weeks of activities. Running from 30 March 2015 through 24 April 2015, this 26 day carnival will see crab fans enjoy a crab inspired menu curated by celebrity chef Sean Connolly. There will be daily menu specials throughout the carnival as well as crab themed cocktails. There will be a return of the crab races and another challenging mud crab eating contest that will test even the greatest of crab aficionados.

Key Dates:

  • The Crab Races – the races will be on Thursday 2 April 2015 and 16 April 2015. Each hermit crab will be numbered and the Morrison will hold a $5 sweep.
  • The Crab Eating Contest – this will be held on Tuesday 7 April 2015. Sean, his chef friends and members of the public will compete with in a mud crab eating contest (fee included)

Follow the Crab Carnival on @TheMorrisonSyd and for up-to-date activity with the Crab Carnival #TheMorrisonCrabCarnival

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Nothin But Jam wins at Discovered at Marble Bar finale

DISCOVERED at Marble Bar finale showcase was held on Wednesday 25 March 2014 were the top five live music acts, as voted by the public. battled it out to win a two month residency at the Marble Bar in front of our team of expert judges.

The top five acts were: – Night Light Band – Nothin But Jam – Rory Cross – AJ Dyce “The Piano Man” – Death Do Us Part. The judges included celebrity singer/songwriter and winner of the X-Factor 2011 Reece Mastin, the highly coveted editor of Rolling Stone Australia – Rod Yates and The Music’s very own digital editor and contributor to Australia’s leading online music news source (The Daily SPA) – Sally Hurley. The Multi award-winning Australian television broadcaster and presenter, Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis was MC for the night.

In addition to the expert panel of judges, the top five bands performed in front of a selection of VIP industry, media and of course the public. The overall winner, Nothin But Jam, was selected by the public’s vote in conjunction with that of our team of expert judges. They won a two month residency playing every Wednesday night at Marble Bar from April 2014 valued at $10,000. The finale was streamed live through the Marble Bar Facebook page so everyone could get in on the action.

Congratulations Nothin But Jam on your stunning win.

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