NEWS: Mary’s CBD, International Beer Day, UGLY Bartender, CafeSmart & more

This week’s news round up of what’s new and what’s on, includes International Beer Day, Mary’s in the CBD, CafeSmart, Sydney Tea Festival, U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year and more!


Mary’s Sydney CBD

Has Sydney had enough of burger madness? Apparently not. Word on the street social media is that Mary’s of Newtown will open a Mary’s CBD outpost this spring serving a range of takeaway burgers and fried chicken. Don’t expect booze just food. 154 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000.

International Beer Day

Friday, August 1st is International Beer Day and The Ivy is attempting to break the World Record for the “largest beer tasting in a single venue”, an event hosted by The Beer Pilgrim. The current world record stands at 322 participants. A tasting paddle of three beers is to be sampled in a blind tasting starting at 6.00pm.

The Langham Sydney

It was champagne as final drinks at The Langham Sydney last week as the luxury hotel closed for major renovations. Langham CEO Bob Warman was in attendance as well as other international delegates. The expected opening date is December 1, 2014.

Sydney Tea Festival

The inaugural Sydney Tea Festival is taking place at on Sunday, 17 August 2014 at the Blacksmith’s Workshop at Carriageworks in Eveleigh. It will include a free tea market and ticketed tea workshops


Annual charity event, CafeSmart is calling on coffee drinkers to make a cupful of difference on Friday 8 August 2014. The initiative, from charity StreetSmart is aiming to raise money for grassroots homeless services, from consumers’ daily caffeine hit.

2014 U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year

Are you an U.G.L.Y. bartender? (UGLY= Understanding Generous Likable You). Join the 2014 U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year for the Leukaemia Foundation for October/November 2014. Every $80 raised by an U.G.L.Y. Bartender provides one night’s accommodation for people facing the challenge of blood cancer who need to relocate to the city to be closer to treatment centres.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.