Sydney’s Regal Chivas Studio Event

Ben Davidson, Max Warner, Hugh Payten Smith, William Oxenham, and George Nemec at the Studio

Last week Chivas Regal brought the Chivas Studio (a pop-up bar) to Sydney’s Walsh Bay. The Studio is part of Chivas’ new Live with Chivalry campagin which aims to identify the whisky brand “with a new style of luxury for the 21st century”. Running over four nights the Studio played host to GQ magazine, SHM’s new Sport & Style magazine and also held a trade only night on Friday 3 April.

Those lucky enough to have attended would have been treated to cuisine designed by award winning chef Sean Connelly of Astral and whisky tipples from a bar lead by Max Warner global brand ambassador for Chivas Regal (click here to see interview) and Signé Spirits Ambassador and Cocktail Chef, Ben Davidson. If food and drink weren’t enough to woo you  crooner, Louis Austen, flown in from Vienna (and seemingly the 1930s) specifically for the Studio undoubtedly would have won you over with his dulcet tones.   

Spiced Pear Bellini and Sean Connolly's canapes

The Studio also employed the aid of many of Sydney’s top bartenders including Pierre Fajloun, from Ivy, Sydney,  Bartender magazine Bartender of the Year ’04, George Nemec, from The Beresford Hotel, as well as Brisbane’s Ryan Noreiks, from The Lark  and winner of last year’s The Craft, mentoring program. When not whipping out the decidedly girly (but admittedly delicious) drinks like the Spiced Pear Bellini these guys were manning satellite bars dishing out more manly signature Chivas Regal serves (Chivas 18 Year Old adjusted with a dash of bitters, syrup and garnish) complete with hand chipped ice. Had the team not enjoyed these so much we might have remembered the exact recipe!


Pierre Fajloun prepares signature serves

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