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International Women’s Day calls for limited edition cocktails, special live music performances and supporting women affected by family and domestic violence.

In honour of International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday 8 March, an array of restaurants and bars are commemorating the women of today and tomorrow, as well as the women who paved the way. With this year’s theme being #EachForEqual, the day will celebrate the economic, political and social triumphs of women, as well as provide an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a society. Although there is a long road ahead to true equality, it is important to acknowledge and appreciate the achievements and milestones along the way.

With International Women’s Day falling on a Sunday, a few cocktails seem appropriate to celebrate, especially when women were the masterminds behind the cocktails! In order to give back, $2 from each of the below cocktail specials will be donated to Zonta House Refuge Association Inc., who have supported women affected by or at risk of experiencing family and domestic violence. Zonta House provides refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education to women over the age of 18. Check out the specials here:

The Flour Factory

Sitting pretty on beautiful Queen Street is The Flour Factory, a 3-tier, renovated flour mill turned bar and restaurant, sporting a rooftop bar for those city views. As a treat for IWD, The bar manager, Verity Coles, has put together ‘The Kona Club’, a combination of Tanqueray Rangpur, Chambord, cardamom syrup, lime, peychauds bitters, egg whites and garnished with juniper berries. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sun set over the city seems pretty good to us!

Hadiqa

Proudly a female dominant team, Hadiqa burst onto the East Perth bar scene in 2018 with its rooftop terrace and secret garden vibe. Thrilled to be a part of the IWD celebrations, venue manager Amie Forshaw crafted the ‘Zwinna’ cocktail, a mix up of Tanqueray gin, grand mariner, lime, agave, Moroccan bitter, egg whites and garnished with Snap Dragon floral. With a middle-eastern style menu to boot, pop down for a sweet treat this Sunday.

Varnish on King

A fixture of King Street, Varnish on King is a cosy bar dedicated to bourbon, whiskey and rye. Staying true to Varnish’s roots, bar manager Emma McCulloch has crafted the ‘Brave New World’ cocktail, a Westward Whiskey cocktail with chestnut syrup, China China sweet vermouth, saline and garnished with roasted chestnut & eucalyptus leaf. If you feel like popping back the next day, they are doing a Whiskey ‘101’ class, including a tasting of 4 whiskeys and learning about the rich history of whiskey.

Caballitos

Underground Mexican joint and neighbour to Flour Factory is Caballitos, a late-night tequila bar. Bartender Alyssa Gillon is putting a Mexican spin on their cocktail of choice with ‘Bomba de Cereza’ (Spanish for Cherry Bomb), made up of house infused Los Siete Misterios Dobayej with Lemon thyme, cherry herring, angostura & orange bitters, garnished with lemon twist and flowering lemon thyme. This cocktail is a nod to the song ‘Cherry Bomb’ by The Runaways, the iconic all-girl rock band who defied the expectations of the music industry when they exploded into fame in the 70s. Sounds like it’s got a bit of a kick to it!

Image credit: Flour Factory Facebook, Hadiqa Facebook, Varnish on King Facebook, Caballitos Facebook

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