MICF 2022: Must See Shows and Where to Drink

As a small Melbourne made whiskey, it’s a privilege to be involved with Melbourne’s most iconic annual event as the official whiskey of the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, supporting the arts and local comedians.

Here is a list of venues that will be showcasing The Gospel drink specials throughout the festival (30 March – 24 April), as well as some upcoming shows as recommended by The Gospel staff. For comedy fanatics, these events will be cracking! We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Our pop-up caravan will be parked outside the Arts Centre for the duration of the festival. Pop down and enjoy a Manhattan on tap or our signature serve Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Geraldine Hickey - Now I've Got A Boat
-- Judith Lucy & Denise Scott - Still Here
-- Paul McDermott - +1
-- Zoë Coombs Marr - Dave: The Opener

Belgian Beer Café
5 Riverside Quay, Southbank
If you find yourself at a show at the Belgian Beer Café, we recommend trying their unique drinks specials - Butter My Biscuit (a buttered, brown sugar, whiskey sour) or Choc Top Old Fashioned (a Belgian twist on the traditional cocktail).
Shows we recommend:
-- Luke Heggie - Your Stupid

Forum Melbourne
154 Flinders St, Melbourne
The Forum is showcasing an aptly named cocktail featuring The Gospelcalled The Last Laugh, as well as our signature Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Becky Lucas - So Funny!
-- Dilruk Jayasinha - Dil'icious
-- Rhys Nicholson - Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!

Max Watts
125 Swanston St, Melbourne
Max Watts is renowned for their late-night shows and after party vibes. Be sure to stop in and try a Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned, a Pickleback or a classic Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- The Festival Club
-- Nick Cody - Classique Cody [Best Of]
-- Nath Valvo - Back In The Habit

Town Hall
100 Swanston St, Melbourne
The Gospel bar cart will be popping up for three shows at Melbourne Town Hall, so be sure to sip on a Rye & Dry while enjoying these shows!
Shows we recommend:
-- RAW Comedy National Grand Final
-- Upfront
-- The 32nd Annual Great Debate

RMIT Capitol Theatre
113 Swanston St, Melbourne
Head over the Capitol Theatre for a big belly laugh and a Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned or a classic Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- David O'Doherty - whoa is me [IRL]

The Westin Melbourne
205 Collins St, Melbourne
The Westin have shown The Gospel some serious love this festival. They have a couple of not-to-miss shows, and a not-to-miss classic Rye & Dry on the menu.
Shows we recommend:
-- Brett Blake - Smoko King
-- Guy Montgomery - Guy Montgomery By Name, Guy Montgomery By Nature

Trades Hall
54 Victoria St, Carlton
Our good friends at Trades Hall have opted for the Boulevardier (Whiskey Negroni) and a classic Rye & Dry on their menu. It’s humbling to know that you can watch up-and-coming Australian comedians (who we chatted to) while enjoying an up-and-coming Australian rye whiskey.
Shows we recommend:
-- Comedy Zone
-- The Breast of The Fest
-- Peter Jones - Cannot Fail

Other noteworthy mentions to have a drink:
-- BearBrass: 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank
-- Greek Centre: 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
-- The Oxford Scholar: 427 Swanston St, Melbourne

And shows not to be missed:
-- Harley Breen - Relentless
-- Aaron Chen - If Weren't Filmed, Nobody Would Believe
-- Ross Noble - On The Go [UK]
-- Ivan Aristeguieta - Happy Papi

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