Celebrate women behind the bar at these International Women’s Day events

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8th, with the aim being to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness against bias.

And in recent years, the women working in Australia’s bars have increasingly used the day to stage bar takeovers and guest shifts, raising money and having one hell of a party along the way.

So that you can plan your Monday 8 March well, we’re running a list of events happening around the country below, which we’ll add to as more events are confirmed.

Got an event you’re putting on? Email us at [email protected] and we’ll add you to this list.

Before you get to the Monday, however, you’ll be able to celebrate the Women of Australian Distilling with two events on Sunday the 7th of March.

Taking place at Bloodwood in Newtown, Sydney, from 11am to 3pm is the Women of Australian Distilling International Women’s Day Lunch. Tickets are $95 and over the lunch you’ll hear from Alarna Doherty (owner/distiller at Tara Distillery), Ally Ayres (owner/distiller at Karu Distillery), Carla Daunton (head distiller at Young Henrys), and Lisa Truscott (distiller at Archie Rose Distilling Co.). Find out more and book tickets here.

Then at 4pm on Sunday, if you can’t make it to the lunch the aforementioned speakers will be holding the Women of Distilling International Women’s Day Virtual Event, from 4pm to 5pm. You can book and get your tickets here.

Take a look at more events below.

New South Wales

Golden Girls
Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Doors from 4pm, event kickoff 6pm

Sydney hospitality mavens Olivia Rockwell and Claudia Morgan have organised what promises to be the biggest gathering of bartending talent in Sydney since the lockdowns began last year.

They’ve pulled together the who’s who of Sydney women bartenders with 20 rockstar shifts taking place throughout the course of the night — and all for a good cause: entry is free, with proceeds from drinks and cocktails on the night benefitting The Women and Girls Emergency Centre in Redfern. It’s an insane roster of bartending talent; do not miss it.

Boss Babe Bar Takeover
Howlin’ Wolf, Wollongong

Wollongong’s Good Times Only Group is partnering with Spirits Platform and some top bartending talent to thrown one of their trademark parties at their bar, Howlin’ Wolf.

The night will see Alex Dahlenburg (Mjolner), Atlanta Pahulu (Bulletin Place), Lucy Pallet-Jones (Silk & Grit) and Zoe Hookway (Four Pillars Lab) joining Krips Long (Howlin’ Wolf), Amy Thompson (Dagwood Bar & Kitchen) and the Boss Babe Crew (from the Good Times Only Group) for a takeover of momentous proportions. Proceeds from the night will be donated to Un Women, and they’ll be releasing a special, limited edition IWD21 Shirt designed by Mint Illustrations on the night, sale from which will benefit UN Women.


International Women’s Day #ChoosetoChallenge
Hosted by Women In Hospitality QLD
Stone & Wood Brewing, 99 Bridge St, Fortitude Valley
Monday, March 8, 2021 6-9pm
Price: $30
Tickets via Humantix: click here.

The Brisbane Women In Hospitality community and its supporters are invited for their first in-person event for 2021.

Held at Stone & Wood Brewery in Brisbane, there will be a very special IWD brew (or drink) on arrival, substantial finger food will be included in your entry, as well as 2020 QB Performer of the Year, Bebe Gunn to MC the evening. Bebe will host a panel of local hospitality “Wonder Women” for a Q&A around the positive influences and mentors that have helped them shape their careers. Lucky door prizes and a silent auction will also happen on the night, raising money for the White Jacket Effect.

Western Australia

Women In Hospitality Information Session
4pm – 7pm
Pica Bar, Northbridge

Caitlyn Selkirk and Bree Rayner are hosting an information session as they establish the WA chapter of Women in Hospitality. Women in Hospitality aims to mentor, inspire and recruit women in the hospitality industry, and to give them confidence and support in their professional development.

Mix Haus
Nowhereman Brewing, Perth

Mix Haus is a Perth not for profit launched by Pippa Canavan, Reid Gunter, and Shirley Yeung, with the aim of creating an “open and safe community to support our fellow sisters in the hospitality industry.” They’re hosting this fundraiser so they can advance their mission to “educate, train and nurture the future and current industry leaders” and “sustain more opportunities for womxn in hospitality.”