Red Sky in the morning, Bartenders warning.


Bar Show is rolling to a close today, after a very auspicious start to the day with red dust changing the skies and the air quality very dramatically.

The Bar Show had a great crowd as I walked the floor today, the 42Below Cocktail World Cup Qualifiers were fun to watch, and I tried some excellent products which I’ll document over the next few days.

Bar Awards are tonight, and I’ll be there, seeing if the predictions I made are even close to coming true.

Looking forward to a great night.


It’s Bartender Christmas in only one more sleep!


One more day until the Sydney Barshow gets underway and despite the late cancellations of Lorna Vasquez from Ron Zacapa and Ann Tuennerman from Tales of the Cocktail, the lineup of speakers and spirits is looking exciting.

The Smuggler’s Den is looking mighty tasty with donations from around the world rolling in to whet lips and palates.

I’m resting my liver, and looking forward to a couple of tasty days and nights over the next couple.


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

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