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Untold Rum was born of a passionate collaboration between leading Australian bartenders and spirits experts. A range of subtle spices is added to a unique blend of smooth, two- and three-year aged golden rums; the result is a distinctive, full-bodied spiced rum that is made to mix. Untold Rum’s makers believe that our experiences are what enrich and define us. So we at Time Out invited seven Sydney bartenders to tell us a story about the life of their bar and to invent an Untold Rum cocktail that conveys the essence of that story. Sydney’s bartenders have lived through interesting times over the last four years, and they understand that life is a journey. Inspired by Untold Rum, here’s what they came up with. You can enjoy their Untold cocktails and share stories with their makers from July 10 to August 21, 2018. To hear more about the stories and watch filmed interviews with the bartenders, check out @UntoldRum. THE COCKTAILS Jacoby's | The Baxter Inn | Eau de Vie | Earl's Juke Joint | Bulletin Place | This Must Be the Place | Shady Pines Saloon
Sokyo Lounge is your new winter hangout
Sokyo in The Star has a deserved reputation as a top Japanese restaurant, but did you know the adjoining Sokyo Lounge is a relaxed yet chic place for an after-work catch up that comes with the promise of crazy-good bar snacks? A refined menu is available on the bar top offering Sokyo favourites that pair perfectly with a cocktail or two: maguro tataki, kingfish miso ceviche, cuttlefish or red snapper tempura, and tuna crispy rice. There are also skewers of juicy, tender Wagyu tri-tip glazed with a teriyaki sauce. Sokyo’s à la carte menu is available throughout the remainder of the lounge.Photograph: Supplied Your food can be matched to your selection of wine, beer, sake and cocktails. There are many Japanese single malts to try, and an extensive range of sake, shochu and uemeshu. From the cocktail list, a Chasing Kojima combines Yuzu sake, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and elderflower, or you can make like Bill Murray with a Suntory Old Fashioned. Sokyo Lounge hosts DJs every Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm. Kicking back here in a velvet armchair with a little bowl of edamame and a cocktail is a sure-fire cure to the winter blues. Photograph: Supplied
Explore Yourself Sundays
Every Sunday the Imperial will be celebrating the spectacular spectrum of the LGBTQI+ community with the arrival of its new party, Explore Yourself. They'll be opening up every level of the venue and filling it with fab performers, great beats, expressive spaces, drink specials, and most importantly giving attendees the chance to celebrate themselves. It all kicks off at noon on the Imperial's fresh new rooftop, with jugs of fruity cocktails and epic long format DJs sets that'll get you warmed up for the evening. Local favourite DJ Dan Murphy will be hopping behind the decks from 3pm, and a venue-wide happy hour kicks off at 5pm with $20 cocktail jugs, $12 jugs of beer and $25 bottles of house wine. It's then time to lip sync for your life with Lip Sync Heroes. If you think you've got the chops you can hop up on stage and belt out a tune, with fairy drag mother Farren Heit on hosting duties. You're also encouraged to tip the performers with the Imperial's own fab currency 'Mitzi Moolah', which you'll receive with drink purchases. Drag'n'Dine will be running as usual also, so you can fuel up on a delicious meal and get ready to dance the night away. You'll also find $12 Espresso Martinis from 10pm until midnight, and a temporary art exhibition by illustrator LukeJohnMatthewArnold, whose bright prints will pop up in celebration of marriage equality until the end of August.
Champagne Bar pairs Veuve Clicqot with their new winter menu
Any luxurious evening should start with a glass of Champagne. At the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar, they’re dedicated to upholding this principle. This winter, they’re offering a special menu to accompany the king of respectable apéritifs: a glass of Veuve Clicquot. There’s two delectable dishes on the Veuve Clicquot Aperitif menu to pair with your sparkling refreshment. The first is a serve of pickled oysters, sweetened by a generous dose of sake. A cucumber granita adds a burst of summer vitality, countered by the warming spiced apple foam and tied together with flying fish caviar. If you’ve been dreaming about a creamy fromage accompaniment, you’ll want to try the burrata. This Italian buffalo milk cheese is like a softer, silkier version of mozzarella, and comes spiced with a peppery mix of dukkah alongside zesty preserved lemon. Blood orange adds a little punch and sweet peas balance the acidity of the dish. Designed by the Sofitel’s executive chef, either of these exciting menu items, paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, could be yours for $39 each. So if you’d like to watch the sparkling harbour lights reflect off the water while you dine from a warm corner of the bar, visit Champagne Bar before August 31. Enjoy these winter offerings from 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 3pm Friday and Saturday.