When the Mr Black Festival of the Espresso Martini first hit Melbourne in 2016, caffeinated cocktail lovers rejoiced — and forgot all about sleep for a few days. It's far from surprising that the fest is back for another round of chilled coffee and vodka. Best get some rest now because you won't in November.
After last year's event expanded from one to three days due to demand, the 2017 iteration knows it'll need to spread out its buzzing boozy fun from the outset. Taking over North Melbourne's Meat Market from November 3 to 5, it'll serve up six different bar areas, a range of workshops and classes, food aplenty, live music from Australian musicians and, yes, the drink in question.
Thanks to the fine folks at NSW cold-pressed (and damn fine) coffee liqueur brand Mr Black, attendees can try espresso martinis topped with doughnuts, other variations on the tasty cocktail and even White Russian slushies. A garden tiki bar and hidden speakeasy will also boast their own drink menus, while a G&T bar will offer a reprieve from the coffee — if that's what you feel you need. Holgate Brewing's beer will also provide a non-espresso option.
With Fancy Hank's, Zeus Street Greek Food, That Arancini Guy, Toasta & Co and Butter Mafia on food duties, there'll be a range of eats to help line the stomach (and soak up the caffeine). Tickets start at $30, with multiple sessions running each day. Entry includes a Mr Black tasting on arrival, and if you head along to the brunch slot from 10.30am until 2pm on November 4, you'll also get brunch and your first espresso martini included.