Monkey Shoulder Underground Reverse / Subverse Party

“Thank you for coming along, here’s your Monkey Shoulder miniature bottle” is not what one would expect to hear upon arrival at an event.

This is Monkey Shoulder Reverse/Subverse, where an old cell block in Darlinghurst is transformed into an underground party zone and clock faces are reversed.

You may think the sushi selection along with mini burgers and chips are the usual canapés, until your taste buds tell you they’re made of cake and shortbread biscuits. In this subverse-themed world, food is served in reverse. Desserts come first, cocktails come in jam jars and the fun doesn’t stop.

Cell Block Theatre
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Apes and Apples & Ginger Monkey cocktails
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Pour yourself a punch
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Mini burger & chips OR cake and biscuits? (by Hive Catering)
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Sushi or sweets? (by Hive Catering)
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Inflatable boxing ring
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Nachos Taxi
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Nachos Taxi (by Hive Catering)
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Nachos (by Hive Catering)
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Lollipops, anyone? (by Hive Catering)
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Cell Block Theatre
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Cocktail Bootcamp
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Cocktail Bootcamp
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Monkey'ing around...
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Cool tunes by Blake Head
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The Bar Team from Sweet & Chilli
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80s arcade games
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Pinball machine
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80s arcade games
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Ceiling of Cell Block Theatre
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Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

Help yourself to a Knockout Punch, Round House Punch, Uppercut Punch – or all three for that matter – from a punch station where you serve yourself out of a tap and add your own garnish. Feeling more adventurous? Try your hand at cocktail bootcamp and make your own Monkey Shoulder Old Fashioned with a range of bitters including the delicious Aztec chocolate – all under expert guidance.

Sip on Apes and Apples (Monkey Shoulder, sparkling apple juice and fresh mint) or the Ginger Monkey cocktails (Monkey Shoulder, ginger beer and fresh lime) as you follow the Nachos Taxi around and finish with savoury lollipops.

There are retro arcade games to play while you listen to cool tunes by DJ Blake Head, some as retro as the 80s or knock yourself out at the inflatable boxing ring.

It may sound like a delirious dream after too many late night pizzas but Monkey Shoulder Underground entertained over 250 partygoers at Darlinghurst’s Cell Block Theatre. The triple distilled blended whisky likes to mix things up a little and by bringing a contemporary style into a traditional world of whisky, and having fun with it, it’s a subverse world that nobody wants to leave.

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Monkey Shoulder Underground Reverse / Subverse Party was last modified: December 20th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.