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One of Sydney’s most looked forward to events, Bars March (formerly known as Parched March), has launched for its fifth year.  Held in support of Animal Welfare League NSW, Bars March is a whole month of responsible drinking of fabulous cocktails in great bars, for a good cause.

Amidst a glamorous crowd, some with their georgeous pooches, Café del Mar on the terrace at Cockle Bay, was a superb venue for the launch. Guests had the choice of enjoying the restaurant, watching the chefs in the open kitchen preparing platters of IMG_4605the best canapés I have eaten, or standing on the large outdoor deck watching the sun go down over Darling Harbour. The delicious Mediterranean inspired canapés were provided by Café del Mar Head Chef Ben Fitton and Brand Ambassador Miguel Maestre, they included Chermoula crusted chicken, rouille and endive, Persian fetta and jamon serrano, and Padron peppers, pink salt and cumin.

Bars March partner Suntory provided a selection of amazing cocktails, including my favourite, the Side Car consisting of Remy Martin VSOP, Cointreau and lemon juice. Also looking good was the Midori Fizz mix of Russian Standard Vodka, Midori, soda and lime.

All the favourite events are back and throughout March, special cocktails are on offer at more than 80 Sydney bars, from major venue groups to funky little hotspots. Two highlights are the Puppy Prom on 16 March at The Alexandria Hotel 1pm-4pm and Mr CBD on 20 March at The Argyle top floor 6.30pm-10pm.

IMG_4618 (1)Animal Welfare League NSW works to save and improve the lives of pets that have been surrendered, neglected or abandoned and is reliant on donations. They protect animals through regulatory work with various Government bodies and help to enforce legislation with a team of Inspectors who are on the ground every day. For pets in need, they provide customised care through a foster care and branch network, three shelters and veterinary hospital, while working to find loving forever homes for animals in their care.

Show your support by visiting participating venues and buying a Bars March charity cocktail, attending fundraising events and taking part in social media competitions. For info:

Sandra Tiltman 

Photos:  John Pond (see more photos at


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