Fancy becoming a cocktail-making whizz? Or maybe you just want to impress your mates with a clever new cocktail at your next house party? Either way, you’re going to need someone with a few tricks up their sleeve, to teach you the ropes of cocktail creation. So, we’ve hunted down some great venues that host their own cocktail classes, where you can learn to shake and stir like the best. Perfect for hens parties, group hangs, or just some weekend fun – here’s where to do a cocktail masterclass in Melbourne.
Captain Baxter Cocktail Masterclasses
Learn some mixology magic, without forking out the big bucks, at Captain Baxter’s free weekly cocktail making classes. From 5pm each Monday, you can swing by the beachside bar to pick up a few tricks of the trade, as guided by one of its friendly bar wizards – and it’ll cost you absolutely nothing. Stick around afterwards and save even more money with Captain Baxter’s DIY Mondays, which sees the kitchen plating up a delicious selection of $15 dishes.
Charlie's Bar Cocktail Masterclasses
Only got a small crew? This cosy Hardware Lane bar offers private cocktail masterclasses for any group over four, led by one of its barstaff between 4-5pm, any day you like. The lessons clock in at an affordable $50 per person, and include two cocktails, lots of new knowledge and plenty of fun. And, for a few extra dollars, you can throw in a couple of grazing platters to enjoy while you learn.
1806
CBD
1806 Cocktail Masterclasses
1806 is one of Melbourne’s most acclaimed cocktail bars and who better to take your mixology skills from novice to pro in just a couple of hours? The bar hosts private cocktail masterclasses throughout the week, usually for groups of between 2 and 25 people. During each 90-minute class, 1806’s award-winning bartenders will guide students through the art of mastering two classic cocktails. There’s a range of classes on offer, starting a basic $50 per person session.
Salona Upstairs
Richmond
Salona Upstairs Cocktail Masterclasses
Salona Upstairs is a cocktail haven that might have flown under your radar, but if you love big flavours, and want to learn to shake and stir like a boss, then it’s well worth checking out. Cocktail masterclasses up here are priced at $65 per person, and include an interactive lesson, three cocktails of your choosing, and a delicious mixed mezze board to match. Learn how to shake up a few tasty liquid treats, while enjoying the friendly atmosphere and some fun tunes.
Back Bar
Windsor
Back Bar Cocktail Masterclasses
This dapper little bar offers two styles of cocktail masterclasses, depending on what you’re after. Groups of less than six can book a lesson in the public bar on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Sundays, learning how to craft either two ($38pp) or three ($55) great cocktails and enjoying tasty nibbles along the way. Meanwhile, larger groups can enjoy a 2.5-hour private experience, which sees a pro bartender guiding students through the process of crafting three different cocktails. This one’s priced at $65 per person, and includes grazing platters, a drink on arrival, private room hire, and all three of the cocktails you’ve whipped up.
Spice Market
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Spice Market
MELBOURNE CBD
Spice Market Cocktail Masterclasses
A sophisticated option for any girls night out or hens party, Spice Market’s two-hour cocktail masterclasses are offered every Friday (6-8pm) and Saturday night (7-9pm). Priced at $70 per person, each session includes drinks on arrival, followed by an interactive cocktail-making lesson, led by one of the CBD bar’s expert mixologists. Participants will learn how to shake up three signature Spice Market cocktails, before settling in to enjoy the delicious fruits of their labour. Advanced booking required.
Maeve Fox Cocktail Masterclasses
Opt for the ultimate group drinking session, with a cocktail masterclass at Richmond’s Maeve Fox. Entertaining and interactive, the classes are priced at $65 per person, and will set you right on track to becoming a total cocktail whizz. You’ll enjoy a palate-cleansing cocktail on arrival and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup to sip along the way; learn all the secrets and techniques behind both classic and new-age mixology; and then head behind the bar and get hands-on, crafting two cocktails of your own.
The Kilburn Cocktail Masterclasses
While the Kilburn’s renowned for its epic whisky selection, its clever bartenders are also whipping up some ingenious cocktail creations, running from the classics, to modern delights. And you can learn all the tips and tricks to creating your own, when you book one of the bar’s private cocktail masterclasses. At $60 per person, and available for groups of up to 15, each session will see one of The Kilburn’s resident guns guide you through the art of cocktail-making, adding three new cocktails to your repertoire.
Eau De Vie
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Eau De Vie
MELBOURNE CBD
Eau De Vie Cocktail Masterclasses
Keen to learn a few mixology secrets from some of the best in the biz? Of course you are! The iconic Eau De Vie offers a whole range of private cocktail masterclasses for groups of 6 to 20 guests, tailored to hen’s parties, group hangs and everything in between. Each hands-on session runs for about 90 minutes, including nibblies and plenty of knowledge, plus the three gorgeous cocktails you just learnt how to make. Prices start at $75 per person.
Polly
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Polly
FITZROY
Polly Cocktail Masterclasses
Polly’s got a cocktail masterclass for every kind of punter, with public classes offered a couple of times each month, and private classes (for groups of 8 or more) available on request. The two-hour sessions are hands-on and a whole lotta fun, as one of Polly’s expert bartenders teaches you all the techniques and tips you need to start shaking like a pro. Private classes include bubbly on arrival, shared tapas and your three expertly-crafted cocktails, for $80 per person.
Campari House
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Campari House
MELBOURNE CBD
Campari House Cocktail Masterclasses
Want to host a hen’s party they’ll remember long after the wedding? Campari House will help you kick some serious goals, when you book the girl gang in for one of its special hen’s cocktail masterclasses. Available for groups of 10-40, these sessions make for some seriously fun bonding – your group will get a private space, a glass of bubbly on arrival and a few chef’s selection antipasto platters, as well as an interactive class that’ll guide you through the process of whipping up two cocktails of your choice.