At least ten people are more influential than me in Australia.

Some folks go through life thinking that there are people out there who are better than them. I get to go through life knowing that there are at least 10 people better than me thanks to Bartender Magazine, who announced the 10 most influential list to close of the top 50 process they ran again this year.

Brilliant event at the Norfolk Hotel, with Whisky Sours and barfood galore, huzzah!

Anyways, here’s the list:

The Australian Bartender magazine Most Influential List Top 10

  1. Justin Hemmes, Merivale
  2. Fraser Short, Keystone Hospitality
  3. Vernon Chalker, Collins QuarterGin PalaceMadame BrusselsOrder ofMelbourne
  4. Sven Almenning, Behind Bars and Eau De Vie
  5. Michael Delany-Korabelnikova, Creative Director at The Prince, DesignerNorfolkDuke and Flinders
  6. Mike Enright, Merivale Group Bars Manager
  7. James Wirth, Norfolk/Duke/Flinders
  8. Sebastian Reaburn, 666 Vodka Ambassador and Cocktail Book Author
  9. Anton Forte, Shady Pines Saloon
  10. Jason Williams, Keystone Hospitality Group Cocktail Manager

Look at me, Mr Influential


I was extremely humbled to appear amongst the 50 most influential people in the Australian industry two days ago. The list is compiled by Bartender Magazine, from the votes of 650 members of the trade.

The Top 10 will be announced at a bumper celebration, this year to be held at one of Sydney’s trendiest new venues, The Norfolk Hotel, on Monday April 11.

You can read the whole list here, I come in at number 9, but only by virtue of the alphabetical listing.

I suspect it is the only time I’ll finish in the top 10.