This one's for those of us who find smoky things innately appealing. And, nothing satiates those smoke-related cravings more than a good dram of the peaty drop. Well, whisky connoisseurs, we've got the smoked whisky event that you've been waiting for, and it's happening at your mate's place. Okay, Old Mate's Place to be exact.
On Sunday, November 11, whisky purveyors Ardbeg will take over this brand-spankin' new CBD bar for the ultimate smoke fest. The event is happening as part of The Ardbeg Smokehouse, a series of venue takeovers featuring whisky tastings, cocktails, smoke-infused eats and live entertainment. Old Mate's library-esque interior makes it the perfect place to sip whisky like a distinguished aristocrat surrounded by stately bookshelves, dapper furnishings and family heirlooms. You can swish, swirl and enjoy those smoky flavours while pensively gazing off into the distance channeling your best Sean Connery.
The cocktail masters at Old Mate's Place will be crafting a throng of custom cocktails, designed to challenge your proclivity for smoke and test just how smoky you can go. Given the team manages a bar which boasts more than 300 different spirits and has collectively worked in some of Sydney's top venues, we have no doubt they'll turn out some real humdingers. The smokier the better, we say.
When hunger strikes, tuck into juicy snags straight off the barbie complete with Ardbeg's very own barbecue sauce. All money raised from snag sales will go directly to the RSPCA in honour of Ardbeg's distillery dog mascot Shortie, so you can eat, drink and feel good that you're helping animals along the way.
Ardbeg will take over Old Mate's Place on Sunday, November 11, from midday–5pm. Walk-ins only.