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Choice Boomerang Is a Pop-Up Series Bringing Some of the World's Best Bars to Auckland

Sip on creations from Singapore's cult cocktail bar and a much-loved San Francisco tiki hut.
By Stephen Heard
February 24, 2021
By Stephen Heard
February 24, 2021

It might not currently be easy to jet off and work your way through some of the world's best cocktails, but a new hospitality outfit is hoping to fill the void — and whet your whistle with first-class tipples — in a new series of pop-up events.

Choice Boomerang is a collaborative effort from the folks behind Choice Hospo. The consultation initiative was launched in the thick of New Zealand's first nationwide lockdown by Adam Neal (The Parasol & Swing Company) and Mikey Ball (Ballin' Drinks) in an effort to help the industry become more creative, intuitive and professional in trying times. Or raise the bar of bars.

It hopes to provide further understanding about tools and techniques commonly being used in bars, how to build 'hella good drinks', as well as host seminars and events.

Choice Hospo say the idea of the Choice Boomerang event series is to activate an international venue in New Zealand to help them out and give Kiwis the chance to taste something entirely different. All profits from the series go to the host venue and venue abroad to give them a much needed boost in what has been a horrific 12 months for the industry.


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After a slight delay, Sunday, 28 February is marked for the very first event, with Ponsonby's Deadshot serving up the goods from Singapore's 28 HongKong Street. Since opening its doors in 2011, the cult cocktail bar has maintained a spot on the exclusive World's 50 Best Bars list. In 2016, it was crowned the best bar in Asia. Deadshot will be slinging favourites from 28 HongKong Street's renowned drinks list, while DJs will be playing their favourite hip hop tunes.

The second event in the series will see much-loved San Francisco bar Smugglers Cove take over the site that previously housed the extremely popular Hyderabad Hotel. The team from Karangahape Road's GG Flamingo will present the one-off cocktail experience, while the Satya team will be doing tiki-inspired Indian food. The three-day pop-up experience will run from Friday, 19 to Sunday, 21 March at 40 Pollen Street, Grey Lynn.

For more information about Choice Hospo and the Choice Boomerang series, visit

Image: Deadshot.

Published on February 24, 2021 by Stephen Heard


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