Australian Drinks Festival 2015 tasting den

Pop-up bars, cutting-edge cocktails and another massive collection of premium and craft liquor products – you can find them all in one place this July, as the Australian Drinks Festival returns to Melbourne.

Taking place in the Royal Exhibition Building on 16-17 July, the show will again boast a strong line-up of premium spirits, including an unprecedented array of Australian craft products. Major international brands will also participate, including Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire and Jim Beam.

Hundreds of drinks brands, including craft beers and boutique wines, will be available at the show. In addition to free sampling, many exhibitors will offer discounted cocktails and longer serves of beer, wine and cider.

Australian Drinks Festival Boutique Market

Whisky lovers will be treated to a huge selection of Scotch and American whiskies, while the Gin Queen Caroline Childerley makes a welcome return to conduct tutored tastings of some of the world’s finest gins.

The extensive program of tastings and presentations is always a major highlight of the festival and this year is set to be the same. Around 30 special sessions will run across two days, hosted by distillers, winemakers, brewers and other drinks experts.

In addition, festival-goers can enjoy great local food, live music and cocktail-making masterclasses.

Australian Drinks Festival stands 2015

This year sees the introduction of festival currency and RFID wristband technology, allowing for seamless transactions and making for an improved festival experience for visitors and exhibitors alike.

Early bird tickets priced at $35 are now on sale until 16 June 2016, a saving of $15 off the on-the-door price.

Australian Drinks Festival 2015 flair

You can buy tickets here and for more information on the Australian Drinks Festival, visit

Venue: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Opening hours of the show:
Saturday 16th July – 12pm-7pm
Sunday 17th July – 12pm-6pm.

Australian Drinks Festival Pop-up bars

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management