As we head into the party season, it can be a very handy skill to be able to entertain guests at home. The team behind The Laneway bar know this and as such have decided to offer cocktail-making classes on a Saturday afternoon between 4-6pm.

The Laneway Bar itself occupies an elevated space off Spencer Lane, behind The Euro. A beautifully-designed venue, filled with ambient light and cosy corners, it is the perfect place to learn how to design a tastebud-tingling cocktail. The space can only be accessed either through The Euro or directly via Spencer Lane off Margaret Street.

Andy Buchanan from The Laneway Bar spoke of how this all came about, “With cocktails being so popular nowadays and people always wanting to know what’s in the drink or how we did it, we thought it was time to start a class. Mainly to show people so they could do it at home.”

“We do at least two of these classes every week for hen’s parties, corporates and birthdays. It’s a great interactive, social way to hang out with friends and learn something at the same time. I think everyone has wanted to stand behind the other side of the bar at some stage in their life!”

The Laneway Bar – Cocktail Participation Class offers private and group bookings with a minimum booking requirement of 10 guests. Costs are $60 per person with a selection of any three cocktails or for an additional $10 more (so $70 pp), bar food is also included. We know which way we would go.

Their list of cocktails to choose from is extensive but some of the ones that caught our eye included

Bloody Mary – Rock and Roll Technique
Frisco Sour – Over Crushed Ice – Shaken
Vodka Espresso – Straight Up – Shaken
Clover Club – Straight Up – Shaken
Twentieth Century – Straight Up – shaken
Hemingway Daiquiri – Straight Up – Shaken

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