Whisk(e)y on The Rocks
Whisk(e)y on The Rocks brought together the world’s leading Whisky innovators, producers, storytellers and experiences for an immersive 4 day roaming festival throughout The Rocks.
Visitors discovered craft, innovative and iconic distillers and whiskies of every flavour from around the world, and experienced a giant spinning cocktail shaker on wheels, indulged with freshly shucked oysters and delicious whisky pairings. This festival had something for first-time sippers and cocktail lovers, right through to long-time Whisky enthusiasts, focusing on discovery, good times, and shared experiences.
Tickets are $35 + Booking fee, which includes 9 tokens that are redeemable for a vast selection of brand samples across the festival. And yes, you can use your Discover NSW vouchers.
Explore Whisk(e)y on The Rocks Festival Zones
First Fleet Park
Is the perfect place to sit back and discover an array of high quality and next generation whisky experiences, whilst enjoying panoramic harbour views, tunes and harbour views.
Experience the world’s leading Single Malt Scotch Whisky at the Glenfiddich ‘Whisky Wanderer’; a 1972 Double Decker Bus converted into a luxury whisky lounge on wheels. Located at Whisky Park, this vintage two-storey bus is completely kitted out with a high-class premium bar, hydraulic pop-up roof and carefully crafted Glenfiddich whiskies, cocktails and tasting experiences. Grab a sample of Glenfiddich Whisky, sip on a cocktail while overlooking the Opera House. You can even get your own personalised bottle to make the perfect gift.
Visit the Fever-Tree Highball Garden to discover your favourite perfectly mixed highball and to taste and explore how to mix with the best. It's your chance to try premium mixers that are perfectly balanced to enhance the flavour notes of some of the finest whiskies and bourbons. Use your festival token to redeem a mini whisky and dry plus have the chance to 'Spin the Wheel' to WIN Fever-Tree prizes. Add a dash of live music, relaxed seating and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fun in the sun.
Monkey Shoulder is the blended malt whisky that’s made to mix. Not one for convention, the Monkey Shoulder Crew are hosting a pop-up bar and DJ sets alongside their one of a kind gigantic orange cocktail shaker mixer bar on wheels - The Monkey Mixer. They’ll serve whiskey cocktails with a backdrop of pumping DJ tunes, backed with harbour views.The giant cocktail mixer and mobile bar will be shaking up the party, serving 15ml free samples of Monkey Shoulder, alongside three special cocktails available for purchase, created just for the festival.
Do you think combining whiskey and peanut butter is a little nutty? The result is a deliciously smooth whisky bred to satisfy peanut butter lovers and whisky fans alike. Trust us it’s the mutt’s nuts. To try this puppy look out for Peanut, the furry Sheep Dog van for a taste. Peanut will also be serving up Sheep Dog on the rocks & Peanut Butter Espresso Wooftinis all weekend.
Campell’s Cove near the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been transformed into Whisky Cove. Discover two iconic whisky brand experiences and relax and enjoy the vibe as you look out over the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and the iconic bridge!
Coming to Sydney for the first time, the Johnnie Highball Food Truck is a whisky experience like no other! Enjoy Johnnie’s signature Highball paired to perfection with a range of mouth-watering bites for the ultimate harbourside aperitivo. With a curated selection of snacks matched with the Johnnie Highballs, visitors can enjoy the perfect pairings whilst listening to smooth beats, taking in crisp sunshine and enjoying Sydney harbour views.
Talisker is the Isle of Skye’s oldest distillery, located on the rugged, windswept shores in West Scotland. The Talisker Boat House is a unique experience that will immerse visitors into the rugged world of Talisker. Step inside the Boat House to hear the crashing waves on the Skye coastline, indulge in freshly shucked oysters and find inviting spaces to disconnect from the pressures of daily life. Enjoy a dram from the range of powerhouse single malts - raw yet refined, Talisker whiskies are united by an unmistakable sweet peppery smoke, while hits of maritime notes remind you this is a whisky Made By The Sea.
Bring your crew and nestle in to Sip Street and experience two of the world’s best things combined; Whisky and Coffee.
Need a post-whisky pick-me-up? Mr Black has you covered with their luscious brand of cold brew coffee liquor, handmade in small batches at their distillery just north of Sydney. Visit the coffee cocktail carnival where coffee and whisky will meet in a uniquely delicious way. Visitors will get to sample the delicious Mr Black cocktails made by the team from Maybe Sammy while also having the chance to take home iconic Mr Black Coffee Liquor to whip up a cocktail of their own at home!
Outside of your 2.5 hours within the ticketed areas, you can keep the good times rolling by joining The Rocks Whisky Trail and sip, taste and explore your way through some of Sydney’s best bars, pubs and restaurants.
You can explore in any order you may like, as many times as you would like over the four days!
Whether you’re after a whisky neat or on the rocks, matched with a refreshing ale or seeking an incredible cocktail - our mixologists and whisky experts will be pouring the best of the best. From whisky paired cocktail and food experiences, boiler-makers, through to hidden pop-up bars and spaces and VIP Tastings … no two Whisky Trail adventures are the same.
Venue open Thursday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Love a whisky on the rocks in a stunning hotel whisky bar? Then wander down George St and into Four Seasons Hotel Sydney and step into Grain Bar. Experience the craftsmanship and fine whiskies of The Glen Grant, combined with the expert hospitality and knowledge of the Grain Bar team. The full range will be on show, whisky cocktails, tasting flights and the opportunity to try the rare Glen Grant ‘Cask Haven’ bottling exclusively in Australia for the festival.
On George Street right in the heart of The Rocks, the innovative Benriach Distillery is teaming up with The Push Bar which will feature their indoor cocktail bar and outdoor whisky garden bar spilling out onto the street. This will be an illuminating and flavour driven experience that will bring George St to life.
Head up Gloucester Walk and you will find The Glenmore Hotel who have teamed up with Wild Turkey to create an outdoor sanctuary where Whiskey lovers can get away from the distractions of the busy city and rediscover their spirit of the wild. From the spectacular views from the Glenmore’s iconic rooftop bar to the delicious food and mouth-watering bourbon cocktails, every element of the experience is carefully crafted to bring in elements of nature and ingredients of the wild.
Just because it's a festival, it doesn't mean it can't be luxurious and Woodford Reserve is all about luxury. Woodford Reserve will take over the exquisite, heritage-listed, Harbour Rocks Hotel located on Nurses Walk to bring you an unforgettable four-day 'Spectacle for the Senses' experience. We're not saying too much and spaces will be limited but those lucky enough to experience the multi-level takeover are in for a treat. Believe us!
Wander through the nooks of Kendall Lane to popular underground Whisky bar, The Doss House where Westward Whiskey, America's highest rated single malt, have gone all in with masterclasses hosted by legendary Head Distiller and Blender Miles Munroe. Travelling direct from Oregon, Miles will bring unforgettable insights into Westward Whiskey as well as launch a limited exclusive whiskey just for the festival.
The incredible new Hickson House Distilling Co. is not to be missed along the trail. Crafting beautiful Australian Gin, whisky and spirits on-site and also home to a stunning cocktail bar. The Hickson House crew has invited its fellow Australian Craft Whisky Distilleries Highwayman, Killara, Craft Works & Corowa to join them to become the festival destination for Craft Australian Whisky over the festival.
Grab your crew and head uphill on George St to find the legendary Mercantile Hotel, Sydney's Oldest Irish Pub, who are going bold with Dublin’s finest: Dubliner Irish Whiskey. Experience the best of Irish at Whiskey on The Rocks where there’ll be live music, food and tasty drinks! Being big on flavour, your calling could be a classic Dubliner Old Fashioned or elevate your Espresso Martini with Dubliner Whiskey & Honeycomb’s delicious blend.
Venue open Thursday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Double Deuce Lounge experience a killer collaboration between 70’s inspired, Double Deuce Lounge and the world’s most awarded distillery, Buffalo Trace. The Buffalo Trace team will bring you whisky and beer - for those in the know it’s heaven, for those yet to try it’s a must.
Once you arrive at The Rocks, you can check in at the ticket booth located on George Street – opposite Globe Street. This will be open 2 hours prior to your session time - we advise heading in early to ensure you make the most of your ticketed session. You will need to show your ticket and ID before receiving your colour coded wristband, festival map and 8 sample token card. You will then have 2.5 hours to explore all the festival zones, which will commence at the start of the session time. Please be aware that bars will close 15 mins before end of the session.
The 9 tokens will get you 9 samples of whisky (15ml of Whisky per sample) from the participating brands for the festival. These will come in a variety of straight, mixed or cocktail serves. You will be able to redeem these samples as you enter each Brand’s festival zone plus some special ofers at venues on The Whisky Trail.
You will only be able to redeem one token per brand. You will also be able to purchase a range of full sized beverages of your choice. There will also be a large range of full size beverages available on The Rocks Whisky Trail, where a variety of pop-up activity and experiences will be taking place in venues throughout The Rocks over the four days.
Whisk(e)y on The Rocks is an outdoor event. As limited shelter will be available at the outdoor festival zones, we recommend attendees come prepared for the weather conditions (including umbrellas or raincoats for rainy weather).
Due to Covid-19 and to keep our attendees safe, we have a strict limit on how many people can be in the festival zones at any one time. This is monitored through ticket sales, the check-in process, and colour coded wrist bands per session timing. If you want to enter the ticketed festival zones you will need to purchase a ticket.
Tickets will be available for purchase on the Humanitix website, We do expect ticket allocations to be exhausted prior to the festival commencing on 28 April. So it's best to buy your tickets sooner to avoid disappointment.
This event has a no refund policy.
Within the ticketed festival zones (your 2.5 hour session) it will be only whisky served in a variety of forms including straight, mixed or cocktails. However all venues participating in The Rocks Whisky Trail and around the precinct will have a variety of spirits, wine and beer available for purchase pre or post your 2.5 hour session.
Within the ticketed festival zones, this is a strictly 18+ event.
This is an 18+ only event. ID will be asked upon entry. If you are under 18 your ticket will be forfeited and not subject to a refund.
Whisk(e)y on The Rocks is an exciting move for Sydneysiders as the city begins to re-open, continuing support for those venues heavily impacted by the effects of the global pandemic. The festival will adhere to COVID19 protocols as mandated by the New South Wales government. All consumers can use the COVID check-in and will be encouraged to practice social distancing while enjoying the festival. We ask that any ticket holders please stay home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, including sudden loss of taste or smell and/or fever.
The part of the festival is open for anyone to partake. There are no tickets required to enjoy the trail, however ticketholders are encourgae to extend their whisky experience by joining The Rocks Whisky Trail to sip, savour and explore their way through some of Sydney’s best bars, pubs and restaurants.
Soak up the iconic views, laneways, nooks and crannies of The Rocks and experience the dozens of unique Venue and Brand collaborations and offerings. There will be private tasting events with guest International and Local Distillers, master classes with Brand Ambassadors and an incredible array of whiskies, food and cocktails to discover.
You are free to explore the trail throughout the festival as many times as you like. The Whisky Trail venues will be featured on the Festival Map.
If you spot a special ticketed exclusive Whisky Trail event that you would like to attend make sure you buy a ticket as these are special and will sell out quickly.
There is plenty to eat, shop and see in The Rocks so we encourage attendees to plan a whole day for their Whisk(e)y On The Rocks experience. In addition to the 2.5hr ticketed session, we recommend a few hours to explore The Rocks Whisky Trail. Or make the most of your day and book a lunch before your session, visit the myriad of shops, check out The Rocks Markets and don’t forget to keep an eye out for outdoor performers throughout The Rocks who keep create a fabulous vibe.
The Rocks is a dog friendly precinct, however we recommend that you do not bring any dogs to the festival unless they are for assistance.
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