Celebrate the art of cocktails at Highball

Sip something deliciously new at New Zealand’s most exciting annual cocktail and spirits festival



9 – 10 Oct 2020


Dominion Museum Building
15 Buckle Street


Highball, originally scheduled for 8 - 9 May has now been postponed to 9 - 10 October 2020. For full updates go to highball.co.nz

Meet the makers, taste their stories and learn about the true art of cocktail-making at this immersive celebration showcasing some of the best purveyors of cocktails and spirits New Zealand, and the world, has to offer.

Brought to you by the team behind Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana, Highball is an immersive experience where you’ll learn more about the art of cocktail-making from top-shelf local and international talent (and sip a drink or two). Whether you're interested in drinks that are house-made, sustainable, seasonal, thematic, or simply fun, Highball has just the thing. 

Tickets for Highball 2020 will go on sale in March, so mark your calendars but to wet your whistle in the meantime, meet some of the local bartenders who shook and stirred up cocktails at last year's event. 

Havana cocktail making and cocktail on bar
Crumpet cocktail on table
Cuckoo bartender making cocktail

Meet some of the makers from Highball 2019

Crumpet cocktail under creation

Dan Felsing from Crumpet

Crumpet has always been known for creating amazing custom cocktails with your palate in mind. Not only that, but it’s one of the few bars in the city making a substantial proportion of its cocktail ingredients.

Owner Ian “Ball Buster” Boon creates a number of cordials and liquors, and bartender Sean “Captain Darling” Manning is the owner of Steel Press Cider and the very new Darling apple brandy. But the talent doesn’t stop there: Dan Felsing is a relatively recent Wellingtonian, formerly from the UK, with a passion for sustainability. He brings a wealth of knowledge and classic UK cocktail combinations – only now, made with a Kiwi twist.


Havana Abi Chilcott cocktail making

Abi Chilcott from Havana

Wellington institution Havana has a drinks menu that is worldly in personality, but many of its ingredients are sourced locally.

Head bartender, Abi Chilcott has a passion for seasonal and local produce, and continually finds herself being amazed at what can be foraged on the way to work - cocktail ingredients, garnish, and inspiration can be found in so many of our local plants – even those that might otherwise be considered purely decorative, or weeds.

Peter Lowry The Library cocktail making

Peter Lowry from The Library 

The Library opened in 2009 and has built a reputation for its cocktails and decadent desserts. Award-winning mixologist and man about town, Peter Lowry has been with The Library from the beginning and has become a well-known face for Wellingtonians. 

Why a library-themed bar? Peter says that it provides constant inspiration, as well as giving an excuse to have books everywhere. “It suits Wellington as Wellingtonians are just a little bit geeky and the idea of fun, frivolous cocktails that are inspired by your favourite book about zombies, really appeals to them.”

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