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And the Pussy goes to…..

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So, the finalists for the Australian Bar Awards came out today, and to celebrate my acension from hobbyist to pseudo journalist, I thought I would relay the details of the first press release this blog has ever recieved.

My favourite has to be the Pussy award for Best New Venue Design, that inspired the title of my post. The list was formed by votes by folks in the industry, and winners will be picked by a panel of judges, just like Masterchef but with fewer tears.

The awards will be held  on Wednesday, 23rd September at the Gala Dinner thats attached to the Sydney Barshow. I hope I get invited….

There are plenty of Sydney venues and personalities on the list. I’ve put them in Italic to make them stand out a bit more.

Just to make what is, essentially, a great big list, a bit more fun, I will Bold the ones I’m picking as winners.

Bartender of the Year

If you would like the full list of finalists click here

Sponsored by Club Suntory

I’m going with Petr Dvorek, Lotus

Bar of the Year

Sponsored by Beam Global

Golden Monkey, Melbourne

Luxe Bar/bamBOO, Perth

The Bowery, Brisbane

Botanic Bar, Adelaide

Byblos, Brisbane

The Victoria Room, Sydney

•  Cookie, Melbourne

Cocktail Bar of the Year

Sponsored by Mixxit

Black Pearl, Melbourne

1806, Melbourne

Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Blue Diamond, Melbourne

Bayswater Brasserie, Sydney

Der Raum, Melbourne

The Lark, Brisbane

Operator of the Year (Multiple Venues)

Sponsored by: Customers ATM

Hugos Group, Sydney

Vernon Chalker, Melbourne

Merivale Group, Sydney

Keystone Hospitality, Sydney

Katarzyna Group, Brisbane

Taj Hospitality, Melbourne

Nehme/Adonis Ghanem, Brisbane

Operator of the Year (Single Venue)

Phil Bayly, Café Pacifico, Sydney

Jason Chan and Anthony Herzog, Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Perry Scott, The Lark, Brisbane

Natasha Conte, Black Pearl, Melbourne

Blake Ward, Martin Lange and Dustin Davis, SlingLounge, Brisbane

Andy Freeman and Michelle Mok,Luxe/bamBOO, Perth

Ben Walsh & Dan Rice, Goldfish, Sydney

Bar Team of the Year

Sponsored by:SIGNE

Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Black Pearl, Melbourne

The Lark, Brisbane

Blue Diamond, Melbourne

The Beresford Hotel, Sydney

1806, Melbourne

Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

Cocktail List of the Year

Sponsored by:Beefeater 24

1806, Melbourne

Bayswater Brasserie, Sydney

Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Blue Diamond, Melbourne

Black Pearl, Melbourne

Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar, Brisbane

Der Raum, Melbourne

Registered Club of the Year

Greenbank RSL, Brisbane

Bondi Icebergs, Sydney

Mt. Lawley Bowling Club, Perth

Club Swans, Sydney

Merthyr Bowls Club, Brisbane

North Bondi RSL, Sydney

St. Kilda RSL, Melbourne

New Bar of the Year

Sponsored by:Schweppes

Hugos Manly, Sydney

Goldfish, Sydney

Berlin, Melbourne

Emerald Peacock, Melbourne

Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne

Sky Room/Buffalo Club, Brisbane

Spice Market, Melbourne

New Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by:Asahi

Sugarmill, Sydney

Hotel Tivoli, Adelaide

Baden Powell, Melbourne

The Beresford Hotel, Sydney

Cloudland, Brisbane

The Local Taphouse, Sydney

Little Creatures Dining Hall, Melbourne

Hotel of the Year

Associate partner:British American Tobacco

Ivy, Sydney

The Brisbane, Perth

theloft/Bungalow 8, Sydney

Collins Quarter, Melbourne

Crown & Sceptre, Adelaide

establishment, Sydney

The Maid & Magpie, Adelaide

Small Bar of the Year

Sponsored by:Coca-Cola Amatil

Mesa Sangria, Adelaide

•  Low 302, Sydney

Bacco, Sydney

Gingerboy Upstairs, Melbourne

Sticky, Sydney

Lotus, Sydney

Andaluz, Perth

Murmur, Melbourne

Wine Bar of the Year

Sponsored by:Windowrie

• Must Wine Bar, Perth

Gazebo Wine Garden, Sydney

Melbourne Supper Club/Siglo, Melbourne

Apothecary 1878, Adelaide

5ifth Element, Brisbane

Anise, Brisbane

Acqua e Vino, Melbourne

Best Specialty Beer Venue

Cookie, Melbourne

Australian Heritage Hotel, Sydney

The Local Taphouse, Sydney

The Local Taphouse, Melbourne

The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide

The Spotted Cow, Toowomba

Redoak Boutique Beer Café, Sydney

Bar Manager of the Year

Sponsored by:Alchemy

Andrew Emerson, Fringe Bar, Sydney

• Chris Stock, Golden Monkey, Melbourne

• Adrian Ruiz Avila, Seamstress/SweatShop,Melbourne

• Tim Wastell, Blue Diamond, Melbourne

• Russ McFadden, Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne

• Lucy George, Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar, Brisbane

• Will Balleau, 5ifth Element, Brisbane

Nightclub of the Year

Sponsored by:AV Sound

• Hugos Lounge, Sydney

Family, Brisbane

Electric Circus, Adelaide

•  Eve, Melbourne

Kit & Kaboodle, Sydney

Sorry Grandma, Melbourne

Ivy Change Room, Sydney

Best New Venue Design

Sponsored by:Pussy

Cloudland, Brisbane

Berlin, Melbourne

Spice Market, Melbourne

Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne

The Beresford Hotel, Sydney

Ivy Pool Club/Change Room, Sydney

Sugarmill/Kit & Kaboodle, Sydney

Best Music Offering

Sponsored by:APRA|AMCOS

Hugos Lounge, Sydney

Ellingtons Jazz Club, Perth

Family, Brisbane

Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

The Toff in Town, Melbourne

Alumbra, Melbourne

Piano Room, Sydney

Best Drinks Selection

Sponsored by:Domaine De Canton

• Golden Monkey, Melbourne

Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Byblos, Brisbane

Crown & Sceptre, Adelaide

Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne

Bayswater Brasserie, Sydney

Foveaux, Sydney

Best Bar Food Selection

Sponsored by:A rather hefty S

• Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Hemmesphere, Sydney

•  Melbourne Supper Club/Siglo, Melbourne

The Lark, Brisbane

Zuri, Brisbane

The Victoria Room, Sydney

Zeta, Sydney

Brand Ambassador of the Year

Sponsored by:4bars.com.au

• Mick Formosa, Suntory

Shay Leighton, Brown Forman

Georgia McDonnell-Adams, Pernod Ricard

Ben Davidson, Pernod Ricard

Greg Sanderson, Diageo

•  Jared Plummer, Beam Global

Dylan Howarth, Beam Global

Jason Crawley, Beam Global

Training Program of the Year

Sponsored by:4bars.com.au

Diageo’s Alchemy

Beam Global’s & CCA’s Mixxit

Pernod Ricard’s The Knowledge

Club Suntory’s MasterClass


Bartender of the Year
If you would like the full list of finalists click here
Sponsored by Club Suntory
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