Featherboas made of 100-dollar bills, natural oysters with Champagne vinaigrette and cocktails by three of Melbourne’s finest bartenders: it could only be Time Out and Roadshow Entertainment’s Wolf of Wall Street party.
In celebration of the DVD, Blu-Ray and digital release of Scorsese's outstandingly debauched film (this Wednesday, May 28) Time Out paired up with Roadshow Entertainment to party like it was 1989.
The night shone brighter than a freshly minted dollar. 120 competition winners climbed the stairs to Mr Wow's Emporium, where tables, stages and people were wrapped in gold. Guests were greeted with wine from TarraWarra Estate, beer by McLaren Vale and endless bottles of Endless Cider – all backed by eighties-tastic poached tiger prawns, chicken skewers and open cucumber sandwiches.
But it wasn't all about decadence. Punters were also there to decide which three of Melbourne's top bartenders could shake it like the Wolf. Battling it out for the top dog title were New Gold Mountain’s Callan Green, the Black Pearl's Nathan Beasley and Evan Stanley (Time Out's Bartender of the Year 2014) from Le Bon Ton. Each came armed with their very own Wolf of Wall Street-inspired cocktail made on Monkey Shoulder whisky, and a barrel of stock floor chat to sell it to the crowd.
After a couple of hours of studious sampling from the audience, competitors had three minutes to convince the crowd that their cocktail would make them worthy of alpha-dog status. Green took to the stage with Belfort-esque swag to pitch his Shoulder Pad Punch – a fruity concoction of spiced coconut water, fresh pineapple and lemon. Beasley played a straight hand as he pushed his Stock Quote Scaffa – a hair-raising mixture of Benedictine and sparkling wine. But it was Stanley’s Liquid Assets – an appropriately pimped-out whiskey sour of Monkey Shoulder shaken up with sherry, apricot jam, lemon juice and cherry bark bitters –backed by stock report smack talk that had the audience throwing voting cards into his golden bowl.
While votes were being counted, the entertainment kept on coming. Burlesque dancer Sugar LeBron put on a tantalising performance, and lucky punters won copies of The Wolf of Wall Street DVD by spinning a wheel. Inside the photo booth, guests pouted and posed in wigs, sunglasses and fur coats. It was like the ’90s never came.
Stanley walked the talk well enough to take out the title, scoring himself a private screening of the film for him and his friends along with a dinner at San Telmo and a night at Crown Casino.
The Wolf of Wall Street is on sale on Blu-ray and DVD from Wednesday May 28. You can catch the wolf himself when he comes to Melbourne on his speaking tour of Australia, Wednesday June 25.
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