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Where to drink an Old Fashioned

This year Maker's Mark Old Fashioned Week is running from May 12-20, which means you get ample opportunities to get classy with a whisky cocktail.

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There's an all-star collection of Sydney bars putting their spin on this classic drink, so grab your mates and make plans for an Old Fashioned bar crawl.

Clock Hotel

At this Surry Hills pub with an impressive whisky room they're mixing up a classic Maker's Mark Old Fashioned all week long.

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Surry Hills

The Commons

There was a lot of pre-planning that went into the Commons Old Fashioned Week cocktail. They've been aging their's in a Tasmanian oak cask for four months to give it that woody, vanilla flavour that comes from aging spirits on wood.

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Darlinghurst

Earl's Juke Joint

You can trust the gang at Earl's to do good work with the classics, and during Old Fashioned Week you can order up a Hoochie Coochie Man made with Maker's Mark, bourbon-aged maple syrup spiced up with chicory, two kinds of bitters, an absinthe mist and a lemon twist.

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Newtown
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Papa Gede's

This laneway voodoo bar is mixing up Old Fashioneds with three twists. You can get a fig and walnut edition, one flavoured with coffee and pecan or a pumpkin pie Old Fashioned.

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Sydney

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern

At this under Cognac haven you should have predicted that they'd rich up your Old Fashioned with a little Courvoisier VSOP, plus a dash of Dom Benedictine and a cherry on top.

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Sydney

Riley Street Garage

They're calling the house cocktail for Maker's Mark Old Fashioned Week te 'Mapold Fashioned' because they're sweetening the mix with 10mls of maple syrup.

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Wooloomooloo
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The Roosevelt

You'll certainly be feeling a million bucks when you're drinking a Height of Fashion at the Roosevelt, their take on an Old Fashioned made with a pear ice sphere, walnut praline and caramelised pear crisp.

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Potts Point

Shirt Bar

Even if you're not in the market for a schmick new shirt, you can still drop into this dapper boutique and bar for a Shirt bar Old Fashioned, which they make with 10ml of applewood smoked honey and black tea syrup, in addition to the Marker's Mark, bitters and a flamed orange twist.

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Darling Harbour

Soda Factory

Get yourself an Old Fashioned cocktail at this vintage, 50s-inspired bar where they're mixing up Maker's Mark with Australian and peach bitters and sugar syrup and garnishing it with an orange twist and house-made maraschino cherries.

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Surry Hills
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Stitch Bar

They're very keen on barrel-aged cocktails at Stitch Bar, which is why your Old Fashioneds here come with three different finishes: Islay (smoky), sherry (sweet and fruity) or Fernet (bitter and herbal). 

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Sydney

The Village Inn

The Paddington Old Fashioned is taking the classic recipe and making a few tiny tweaks, but not so many that it changes the appeal of the traditional Old Fashioned. They're adding chocolate bitters to the mix, plus bourbon-marinated dark cherries as a garnish.

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Paddington

The Wild Rover

At this hidden whiskey bar they're giving the classic a morning flavour with the addition of Single Origin cold drip coffee and maple syrup. That's why they're calling it the Cold Fashioned.

 

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Surry Hills
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Want to win a night of Old Fashioned cocktails?

Win a double pass to Maker’s Mark’s True Makers Workshop

In the midst of Old Fashioned Week, Maker’s Mark is hosting a True Maker’s workshop from 6.30pm at the Wild Rover in Surry Hills on Wednesday May 18, and one lucky subscriber will win a double pass to the event, which will include Maker's Mark Old Fashioneds and bar snacks on the night. 

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