The Negroni is a superior cocktail; it's simple yet sophisticated and always delicious. So it’s only fitting that the classic cocktail has its very own celebratory week – drinks this good deserve more than one night.
Now, it wasn’t a wise cocktail-sipping god who designated June 6-12 Negroni Week; it was launched in 2013 by Campari and Imbibe magazine to raise money for charitable causes around the world.
Here’s how it works: you buy a Negroni at a participating bar, restaurant or retailer and they donate $1 to a worthy cause. You know what this means, right? You’re doing the world good by shouting yourself, or your lucky friends, a Negroni cocktail.
Wondering what exactly a Negroni is? Take note: it’s one part gin, one part Campari and one part vermouth, served with a twist of orange peel. The taste is tart, citrusy, dry and slightly bitter.
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Initially, about 100 bars and restaurants took part in Negroni Week. This year, there are more than 6000 participating venues. Australia has some excellent spots to sample the delightful Negroni – here are our top picks.
Fei Jai Next Door, Potts Point is donating to Australian Childhood Foundation
The Hazy Rose, Darlinghurst is donating to the Black Dog Institute
Besser Italian, Surry Hills is donating to Brekky Van Sydney
The Hive Bar, Erskineville is donating to Cystic Fibrosis NSW
Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown is donating to White Ribbon Australia
The Dock, Kingston is donating to Lifeline
Lucky’s Speakeasy, Canberra CBD is donating to Menslink
Little Brooklyn, Kingston, is donating to OzHarvest
Parlour, New Acton, is donating to OzHarvest
Treehouse Bar, Canberra CBD is donating to Beyond Blue
Joe’s Bar, Griffith, is donating to the Early Morning Centre, Canberra City Uniting Church
Emilia, Melbourne CBD is donating to Safe Steps
Anada, Fitzroy is donating to Sacred Heart Mission
Bar Nonno, Northcote is donating to Fight Cancer Foundation
Penny Black, Brunswick is donating to Autism Spectrum
Vaporetto Venetian Bar and Eatery, Hawthorn is donating to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
The Spaniard, Perth CBD is donating to the Leukaemia Foundation
The Globe, Perth CBD is donating to the Telethon Kids Institute
Mechanics Institute, Northbridge is donating to Leading Youth Forward
Frisk Small Bar, Northbridge is donating to Alzheimer’s Australia National
Late Night Valentine, Highgate is donating to Beyond Blue Australia
Lotus Lounge, Adelaide CBD is donating to the Hutt Street Centre
Chihuahua Bar, Adelaide CBDis donating to the Cancer Council
The Maid, Stepney is donating to OzHarvest
Antica Pizzeria e Cucina, Hyde Park is donating to St Vincent de Paul Society
Udaberri, Adelaide CBD is donating to the Hutt Street Centre
Star Bar Café & Hotel, Launceston is donating to Whitelion
Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, Launceston is donating to Beyond Blue Australia
For more venues and information, go to negroniweek.com.