‘Winner Circle’ after party at Circa The Prince was the place to be on Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day

According to The Age newspaper, Circa The Prince, St Kilda’s famed bar and restaurant, was the hottest place to be after the races on Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day. The after party, called the Winners Circle after party, was held on The Deck, Circa’s iconic timber terrace and outdoor space, and open to VIP guests, race day attendees and the public.

It was perfect venue for race‐goers looking to continue their daytime festivities into the night, offering an open space for guests to relax after a long day at the track. Over the two evenings, the ‘Winners Circle’ after parties hosted high profile and influential celebrities, key industry identities and the general public. Celebrities spotted over the two night included Masterchef Australia judge Matt Preston, television presenter Emma Freedman, film and television actor Firass Divani, actor and model Alisha Rutherford, and Miss Australia 2012 Renae Ayris, just to name a few. 

Premium beverage offerings by Moet, DOM Perignon and Belvedere Vodka were available for purchase. Further, there was unbridled access to premium spirits, cocktails and a striking Campari Negroni Bar for all guests.

Well-known local DJs including DJ Prequel, Edd Fisher and Andee Frost set the tone for the after parties and tempting food offerings from the award‐winning Circa, The Prince kitchen meet all guests needs to continue their carnival experience.

In addition to the parties upstairs, Circa Bar, located downstairs, was transformed into the Veuve Clicqout Bar for the Melbourne Cup Carnival week. Guests were invited to enjoy Veuve Clicqout champagne and Rose wine specials in the bright garden bar; styled with green grass, white picket fencing and the iconic Veuve Clicquot Yellow theming.

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Chandon Summer Castaway Party at the Beresford Hotel

While the VIPs and celebrities partied at the combined Vogue Magazine and Chandon Summer Castaway Party at Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel on Tuesday 21 October 2014, the general public got to join in the fun and celebrate the launch of the new Chandon bottle at the Beresford Hotel on Saturday 25 October 2014.

This mid afternoon party at the courtyard of the Beresford Hotel was attended by Eastern Suburbs locals who were literally given unlimited bottles of Chandon to drink, BBQ food and Gelato Messina ice-cream to consume.

The décor of the courtyard matched the nautical theme of the Chandon bottle. The main feature was the media wall that had Chandon Summer written across it with Chandon bottles. Attendees that had their picture taken at the media wall and uploaded their photo onto instagram where given Chandon branded sunglasses and thongs. One lucky instagramer got to win a chest full of bottles of Chandon, Chandon branded towels, beach balls and other summer goodies.

As part of the Chandon Summer Castaway at The Beresford Hotel, patrons can enjoy a bottle of Chandon Brut for only $40 every Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.

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Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar opens its doors to Sydney this summer

The Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar launched on Thursday 23 October 2014 and gave Sydneysiders the opportunity to taste Asahi Super Dry and Asahi Super Dry Black served to perfection – poured fresh, at sub-zero temperatures.

VIP guests at the launch included INXS rock star Kirk Pengilly and men’s stylist Christopher Haggarty as pictured above.

Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar is already a huge success in other parts of the world, including Japan and Korea and this is the brand’s first-ever Australian pop-up bar in Sydney. The Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar will be conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, on Bligh Street in the Sydney CBD. Boasting a relaxed vibe and serving an innovative menu of bar snacks to complement the dry, crisp and refreshing flavour of Asahi Super Dry.

Further, the Asahi Super Dry Black Extra Cold – Asahi Super Dry’s slightly maltier, fuller bodied, yet still refreshing and crisp variant – will also be served at the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar. This will be the first time the dark lager in draught will be served in a venue in Australia..

Opening to the public on Friday, 24th October, the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar will give Sydney’s most discerning drinkers the opportunity to taste Asahi Super Dry and Asahi Super Dry Black served to perfection – poured fresh, at sub-zero temperatures. By chilling Asahi Super Dry beer to -2 degrees, the beer head maintains its high bubble density for longer, which creates a smoother texture, and ultimately makes it more refreshing.  

Asahi Premium Beverages is a wholly owned Australian subsidiary of the Japanese beverage giant, Asahi Group Holdings.

The Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar will be located at 37 Bligh Street Sydney and will be open to the public on Friday 24th October through to Friday 23rd January 2015. Opening hours are from 4pm-10pm Monday – Wednesday and 12pm-10pm Thursday – Saturday.

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Chandon Sparkling Hours at Cafe Del Mar Sydney

Mediterranean iconic hotspot Café Del Mar Sydney located at Cockle Bay Wharf is the perfect backdrop to enjoy Australia’s favourite sparkling, Chandon. Patrons can watch the sunset, listen to chill out tunes and sip away in pure contentment. I got my first hand experience of this on Thursday 11 September 2014 for the launch of Chandon Sparkling Hours.

DJ Deptune played the tunes while Sydney’s glamour crowd enjoyed the ambience of the blue white and gold outdoor terrace. This chic soiree was attended by Channel 10’s 2013 Bachelor Australia couple Tim Robard and Anna Heinrich, Miss World Australia finalist Regina Mackenzie, organiser of Dear Pageant Girl Peter Sererno, actor, model, musician and dancer Indeya Passfield, Fashion TV presenter Brittany Bloomer, model and Fox Sports presenter Josette O’Sullivan, models Olivia May Ambrose, Johanna Akesson, and Emily Tropea, woman’s stylist Veronica Maree and men’s stylist Christopher Haggarty.

While the waiters were busy whizzing around with magnum bottles of Chandon filling every flute in sight, head chef Ben Fitton, sous chef Ben Lyenee and the rest of the kitchen staff prepared their signature canapés including:

  • Watermelon, Persian fetta and Jamon Serrano
  • Pork jowls “cigars” truffled mash
  • Snapper tartare, radish, Yarra Valley Roe
  • Chemoula crushed chicken endive

So if you are looking for good food and sparkle in your life, head down to the outdoor terrace of Café Del Mar every Thursday from 6-8pm. You can purchase one of those 1.5 litre Chandon magnums for $90 instead of the normal $120.

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