Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2024: Where To Drink

Melbourne International Comedy Festival has kicked off and as an independent Melbourne-made distillery, it’s a privilege to be involved with Melbourne’s most iconic annual event as the official whiskey.

If you haven't already, visit any of the good folk at the venues below that will be pouring The Gospel Whiskey drink specials throughout the festival.

186 Exhibition St, Melbourne 

The festival spirit is strong at Rydges Melbourne, where they're giving The Gospel some serious love. With an incredible show lineup and an exclusive cocktail menu at Bossley Bar located on the ground floor of Rydges Melbourne, good times are guaranteed. Check out the shows.

19-23 & 1/19 Meyers Pl, Melbourne 

Theory Bar is a classic laneway arts & events bar, run by the folks upstairs at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre. Get in on the comedy fest action with must-see performances while enjoying The Gospel Rye & Drys and Whiskey Sour HighballsCheck out the shows.

34 Franklin St, Melbourne 

In one of Melbourne's oldest drinking spots, originally built in 1853, you'll find Captain Melville. Enjoy a hearty pub grub alongside a dedicated Old Fashioned menu with The Gospel WhiskeyCheck out the shows. 

231 Bourke St, Melbourne

Perched above the hustle of Bourke and Swanston, Comedy Republic's bar is the perfect hideaway in the heart of the CBD to settle in for a show and indulge in The Gospel drink offerings. Check out the shows.

41 Bourke St, Melbourne

Spleen is one of Melbourne's longest-running comedy venues, and arguably one of the absolute best in the city. Besides delicious cocktails, this bar will be sure to have good vibes and great cheeseburgers. 
Check out the shows. 

Level 1, 79 Bourke St

All MICF ticket holders can enjoy a $15 'Gospel Whiskey' cocktail - the perfect pairing for Fancy Hank's American barbecue. While you're there, head upstairs to Good Heavens to catch the last Comedy on The Rooftop show.  Book now

43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Punch Lane is a cosy and inclusive Wine Bar, with delicious food from a seasonal menu. Plus, ticket holders will receive the 'Gospel according to Punch' cocktail for $15. Book now

Other noteworthy mentions to have a drink:
-- RMIT Capitol Theatre: Head over to the Capitol Theatre for a big belly laugh and an Old Fashioned, Rye & Dry or Whiskey Sour Highball.
-- Victoria Hotel:  Vic's Bar onsite bar offers a chill place for drinks, game nights, classic pub fare and pool showdowns. Try a classic Rye & Dry or Whiskey Sour Highball by The Gospel Whiskey
-- Trades Hall: Our good friends at Trades Hall have opted for the Old Fashioned on their menu.
-- The Westin Melbourne: The Westin has a couple of not-to-miss shows and a not-to-miss Gospel Old Fashioned on the menu. Pair it with their bar bites and you've got yourself what we call a perfect match. 
-- La Madonna Restaurant: Located within Next Hotel, La Madonna will be serving a Barrel Aged Old Fashioned and 'Flight of Fancy' cocktail featuring The Gospel Whiskey, with all ticket holders entitled to 10% off. 
-- Max Watt's: Max Watts is renowned for their late-night shows and after-party vibes. Be sure to stop in and try an Old Fashioned, Rye & Dry or Whiskey Sour Highball.
-- Juliet: The cocktails, wine, beer & spirits list at Juliet is a nod to Australia's female distillers, winemakers and artisans. The team will be pouring Solera Rye all festival long. Plus, ticket holders will receive a $15 'Cagliostro' cocktail made with MGC Gin
-- Whisky & Alement: Whisky & Alement are the hosts of comedian Tom Clarke for the month-long residency of his show BRUCE: Misadventures from a lap around Australia. Add a side of laughs to your Gospel Whiskey this April. 
-- Heartbreaker: From 5pm-7pm daily, sling in and sling down a few for a good buck with our friends over at Heartbreaker. 
-- Arts Centre Melbourne: 
Pop down to the Arts Centre and enjoy an Old Fashioned or classic Rye & Dry.