Negroni Week: 14-20 September

Raise a glass to Melbourne’s bars this Negroni Week

Negroni Week (14-20 September 2020) is all about getting behind our city’s bars. Each night, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will take you on a virtual trip to some of the best venues around town with the Nightly Knock Off, a quick Negroni and chat with some of our city’s finest bartenders. Each guest will show you a riff on the Negroni, whether it’s adding notes of fig and bay leaf, or upping the aromatics with a dash of house bitters.

Each of their recipes is collected in the Negroni Cocktail Book, featuring 60 drinks both classic and contemporary from Australia and New Zealand’s best bars.

Plus, the fundraising during this year’s Negroni Week is focused on our bars who have been doing it tough due to the pandemic. Raise a glass and raise some funds by making a donation to Help Out Hospo, this year’s Negroni Week official charity partner.

The Nightly Knock Off

Tune in to the Melbourne Food & Wine Instagram every weeknight during Negroni Week as we pay a virtual visit to some of Melbourne’s top bars and see what they can do with a Negroni.

Plus, there’s a bottle of Campari to be won each night if you tune in and correctly answer a question about the session. Each day, we’ll post the question on our Instagram account. After you’ve tuned in to Instagram Live, make sure you’re the first person to comment on the post with the correct answer and you’ll win the prize. Terms and conditions apply.

Negroni Week Campari

Monday 14 September, 5.30pm
Black Pearl with Matt Linklater on @melbfoodandwine and @blackpearlfitzroy

Whatever side of the bar you’ve been on, Black Pearl is legendary in Melbourne circles. During its 18-year life, it’s been one of the city’s finest training grounds for the next generation of bar owners. And it shows in the drinks, whether it’s a fresh take on tiki or a perfect execution of cocktail standards. Here’s to 18 more, Black Pearl.

Tuesday 15 September, 5.30pm
Above Board with Hayden Lambert on @melbfoodandwine and @aboveboardbarmelb

Above Board is part of the hard-to-find club of Melbourne bars. Tucked upstairs off Collingwood’s Smith Street, once you find it, settle in, because this is one of the most rewarding places to sit and watch a team who truly know their stuff.


Negroni Week Campari
Negroni Week Campari

Wednesday 16 September, 5.30pm
Arlechin with Carlo Grossi on @melbfoodandwine and @arlechinmelbourne

True to its Grossi family roots, Arlechin puts food and booze on equal footing, even until the wee hours of the morning. Expect spaghetti, jaffles filled with Bolognese and more salty snacks, perfect dancing partners to Italian-accented cocktails that balance tradition and innovation.


Thursday 17 September, 5.30pm
Byrdi with Luke Whearty on @melbfoodandwine and @byrdimelb

You could be forgiven for confusing Byrdi’s drinks list with a contemporary fine-dining menu. And that’s no accident. Luke Whearty and partner Aki Nishikura are serious about what they put in your glass, creating ferments, liqueurs and wine using fresh fruit, herbs and flowers they gather locally. The result is drinks that show a sense of the season and the place. Strap yourselves in for this demo.

Negroni Week Campari
Negroni Week Campari

Friday 18 September, 5.30pm
Capitano with Darren Leaney on @melbfoodandwine and @capitano.carlton

Capitano is the neighbourhood Italian that you can rely on for pizza and Spritzes but that isn’t afraid to raise eyebrows, either. The breakout favourite of the cocktail list, the Tiramisu Milk Punch, is the work of Darren Leaney, along with other delicious surprises. Let’s see what he can do with a Negroni.