Aperitivo hour is so yesterday. August has graced us with a new shindig for us to get excited about. Brace yourselves people, Aperitivo Month has arrived (cue standing ovation).
That’s right, for the whole month of August, Campari is taking over the Old Clare Hotel and we can assure you that you will be seeing red before month’s end.
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The Clare Bar, the hotel’s resident drinking hole, will be completely transformed to bring Sydney’s self-proclaimed artists and even people with an appreciation for sweet scents the most incredible pop-up bar they’ve ever seen.
The takeover will see the installation of the ‘Campari Rediscover Red Bar’ serving all things Campari plus they’re throwing a few curve balls into the mix to really keep us on our toes. Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about the age-old beverage, the Campari Tonic—a simple combination of Campari, tonic and lime—has us falling for the drink all over again. If sweet’s more your bag, the Red Passion ought to hit the spot and for those who really know a thing or two about aperitifs, negronis will be making their debut.
And, just in case cocktails aren’t enough (when are cocktails ever not enough?), to heighten your senses during the installation, the pop-up bar will even have its very own signature scent designed by Air Aroma. Yes, your nostrils will be filled with the sweet aroma of bitter orange, grapefruit, jasmine, musk and rosewood for a full immersive experience, so you can see, taste and smell your favourite drink. There will also be an exclusive collection of both vintage and modern-day artworks decorating the bar to serve as a reminder that the signature, ruby red Italian aperitif truly is timeless.
For the grand finale, Campari have partnered with Fiat Australia to create a fleet of Fiat 500’s that will be transporting Sydney's trendsetters to the Rediscover Red bars throughout the month.
So, get ready because every Wednesday night in August, the installation will play host to a range of events that will have you tasting, trying and designing all things Campari.
These are the dates not to be missed.
Wednesday 10th August
Superga Sneaker Monogramming
The first event will see the Campari Rediscover Red Bar also present the Superga live monogramming station where you can customise your own pair of red and white Superga sneakers, so now your shoes will match your cocktail. Outfit. Sorted.
Wednesday 17th August
Campari x Messina Gelato Bar
Three words. Campari flavoured gelato. Our pals at Gelato Messina will be teaming up with Campari to combine two of Italy’s greatest creations to date. There will be complimentary Messina gelato from 6PM at The Clare, perfect for pairing with your bespoke Campari cocktail.
Wednesday 24th August
Fill Your Own Campari Cronuts With Brewtown Newtown
For all the dessert lovers out there, Brewtown Newtown will also be popping up at the Rediscover Red bar, serving the famous Brewnuts with Campari cocktail inspired ganache fillings.
Wednesday 31st August
The Campari Remixed Bartender Competition
The grand finale will see the Campari Dream Team battle it out against the in-house Clare Bar team to create the ultimate twist on Campari Classic cocktails. Whose side are you on? There will also be a live DJ from 6pm to mark the end of an awesome month.
Check Out These Campari Rediscover Red Venues This August
August will also see our favourite venues invite the bitter sweet tastes of the much loved spirit onto their menu.
Campari Rediscover Red is taking over Mrs Sippy Double Bay. Seek out the drinks cart serving Campari Tonics and select your choice of garnish for your favourite drink every Friday from 12th August- 2nd September.
Low302 will be serving up Campari Tonics and hosting live jazz sets across Sydney on Thursday evenings from 18th August – 8th September.
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, are joining Campari in Rediscovering Red every Friday from 12th August- 2nd September where guests can enjoy complimentary canapes with the purchase of a Campari & Tonic during Campari hour from 6pm-7pm. Campari inspired artwork from local artist Beni will also be showcased at the venue throughout the month.
Kensington Street Social
A Campari tonic trolley will be rolling into Kensington Street Social, serving up a variety of delicious Campari cocktails right before your eyes. There will even be an entrée and dessert speciality negroni on offer, so you can start and end your meal on a good note.
So that’s it. We’re calling it. There’s no excuse for not getting involved in this month-long celebration of all things red.
Visit the Campari Australia Facebook page for more information.
What: Campari Take Over x The Old Clare Hotel
When: Throughout August
Where: The Old Clare Hotel and activations taking place in venues around the city
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Terms & Conditions: By entering this competition you agree to sign up to both The Urban List Sydney and The Old Clare Hotel databases. Win the ultimate night out thanks to Campari. Prize includes: dinner at Kensington Street Social, drinks at the Rediscover Red bar and a pair of Superga sneakers for four people. This prize is strictly non transferrable and open to NSW residents only. Entries close 11:59PM AEST Thursday 18 August 2016 License LTPM/16/00156.
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