Australian Bar Awards

HoldingAwardA short run through of my predictions proves that I really don’t know all that much about what’s going on in the Aussie bar industry. I obviously need to visit Melbourne, and Brisbane as well.

At least I got a couple right.

A full debrief of my experience will follow along shortly, but right now its all about the winners.

The 2009 Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards Winners

1st place – Chris Hysted, The Black Pearl, Melbourne
2nd place – Sebastian Raeburn, 1806, Melbourne
3rd place – Jason Williams, Seamstress/SweatShop, Melbourne

Bar of the Year
Golden Monkey, Melbourne

New Bar of the Year
Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne

Bar Team of the Year
The Lark, Brisbane

Cocktail Bar of the Year
Seamstress/Sweatshop, Melbourne

Nightclub of the Year
Kit & Kaboodle, Sydney

Cocktail List of the Year
Der Raum, Melbourne

Hotel of the Year
Ivy, Sydney

New Hotel of the Year
Cloudland, Brisbane

Best New Venue Design
Ivy Pool Club/Changeroom, Sydney

Best Drinks Selection
Byblos, Brisbane

Bar Manager of the Year
Tim Wastell, Blue Diamond, Melbourne

Registered Club of the Year
Club Swans, Sydney

Bar Operator of the Year (Multiple Venues)
Vernon Chalker, Collins Quarter, Madame Brussels, Gin Palace, Melbourne

Bar Operator of the Year (Single Venue)
Natasha Conte, Black Pearl, Melbourne

Best Music Offering
The Toff, Melbourne
The Piano Room, Sydney

Best Bar Food
Seamstress/Sweatshop, Melbourne

Small Bar of the Year
Sticky, Sydney

Best Specialty Beer Venue
The Local Taphouse, Sydney

Wine Bar of the Year
Gazebo Wine Garden, Sydney

Outstanding Contribution
Sven Almenning

Training Program of the Year
Diageo’s Alchemy Program
Beam Global’s and CCA’s Mixxit

Brand Ambassador of the Year
Mick Formosa, Club Suntory


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