MICF 2023: Must See Shows and Where to Drink

As a small, independent Melbourne made whiskey, it’s a privilege to be involved with Melbourne’s most iconic annual event as the official whiskey of the 2023 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 (29 March – 23 April), as well as some upcoming shows as recommended by The Gospel staff. 


Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
You can't get more Melbourne than having a drink at Federation Square. Order a Manhattan or Rye & Dry while watching the world pass by.
Shows we recommend:
-- Emma Holland: Save the Orangutans

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 or our signature serve Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Best of Comedy Zone Asia

Comedy Theatre 
240 Exhibition Street Melbourne
You'll find a cocktail at the Comedy Theatre called The Heckler (The Gospel Whiskey, Cassis, Amaretto, Cranberry), as well as our signature Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Geraldine Hickey: Of Course We've Got Horses

Forum Melbourne
154 Flinders St, Melbourne
The Forum is showcasing a cocktail featuring The Gospel called The Heckler (see above), as well as our signature Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
Max Watt's
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 Manhattan, Pickleback or classic Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Ivan Aristeguieta: Citizen

Melbourne Town Hall
100 Swanston St, Melbourne
The Gospel bar cart will be popping up for four shows at Melbourne Town Hall, so be sure to sip on a Rye & Dry while enjoying these shows!
Shows we recommend:
RMIT Capitol Theatre
113 Swanston St, Melbourne
Head over the Capitol Theatre for a big belly laugh and a Manhattan or a classic Rye & Dry.
Shows we recommend:
-- Best of the Edinburgh Fest

The Victoria Hotel
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
The Victoria Hotel
 have shown The Gospel some serious love this festival. Enjoy one of four cocktails throughout the Festival or join us for the Mister Munro bar takeover on 15 April. Plus, you'll be hard pressed to miss our window display, seen from Little Collins Street.
Shows we recommend:
-- Guy Montgomery: My Brain Is Blowing Me Crazy

The Westin Melbourne
205 Collins St, Melbourne
The Westin have a couple of not-to-miss shows and a not-to-miss classic Rye & Dry on the menu.
Shows we recommend:
-- Bronwyn Kuss: Sounds Good

Trades Hall
54 Victoria St, Carlton
Our good friends at Trades Hall have opted for the Manhattan and a classic Rye & Dry on their menu. It’s humbling to know that you can watch up-and-coming Australian comedians while enjoying an up-and-coming Australian rye whiskey.
Shows we recommend: 
-- Emily Tresidder: Where'd You Go?

Other noteworthy mentions to have a drink:
-- 1806: The Gospel is being showcased for the month of April with three special drinks to choose from.
-- Bar Ampere: Stop in at Bar Ampere for a Gospel Highball.
-- Bar Clara: While all ticket holders receive a welcome drink, we recommend staying on to try their Hot Cross Bun Old Fashioned or whiskey flight with Solera Rye, Straight Rye and Fortified Rye.
--  Belgian Beer Café: Try a Manhattan, classic Rye & Dry or their unique cocktail The Preacher.
-- Black Kite: New to the block, Black Kite are featuring their own spin on a Manhattan.
-- Coda: If you find yourself in the East End, why not try a Paris End Of Manhattan at Coda?
-- Fable: Select one of three cocktails, each showcasing a different one of our ryes - Solera Rye, Straight Rye or Fortified Rye. Discount drinks pricing for MICF ticket holders.
-- Fancy Hanks: All MICF ticket holders can access the 2-for-1 Gospel Highball offer - the perfect pairing for Fancy Hanks American barbecue.
-- Gimlet: We recommend sitting at the bar and enjoying the atmosphere of the art of the bartender. Ask for an Orchard Keeper featuring our Fortified Rye.
-- Ginger Boy:  Select one of three cocktails, each showcasing a different one of our ryes - Solera Rye, Straight Rye or Fortified Rye. Discount drinks pricing for MICF ticket holders.
-- Heartbreaker: Stop in at Heartbreaker on 12 April for Whiskey Wednesday where you can experience a $25 pizza and whiskey deal.
-- Juliet: Enjoy an aptly named cocktail called ‘The Last Laugh’, plus 20% off with a MICF ticket.
-- Punch Lane: When something is inspired by a nationally adored biscuit, you know it's going to be a good time. Sip on an ANZAC Biscuit Old Fashioned while enjoying 20% off with a MICF ticket.
-- The Elephant and Wheelbarrow: A chance to try a classic Rye & Dry or choose from the Boilermaker menu.
-- Yarra Botanica: Experience a special four drink menu for the month of April featuring The Gospel, Melbourne Moonshine and Marionette.

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