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A couple of faces were conspicuously absent the launch of Diageo’s Australian finals of World Class last night.

Chris Hysted was busting out cantinero style drinks on the island of Cuba. The man from Melbourne took out third spot in the global comp. Well deserved recognition at a global level.

 The second omission from proceedings was Jess Arnott of Victoria Room in Sydney, who was at that moment in flight as a wild card entry for the G’vine global comp kicking off in Cognac today. Can’t wait to see her name in lights at the end of the week.

Great to see Australasian talent stepping up on a world stage.

Cocktail, Competitions

Coney Island Bartender Bumfight


Hell week kicks off next week with the Bartender Bumfight. Essentially it’s a speed and knowledge fest, where local bar teams duke it out head to head making drinks against the clock. It is sure to be a truly epic evening, I’ll be sitting at the bar, laughing my ass off and trying to remember I’m actually there to be a judge.

Teams of two draw eight drinks, points are awarded for pretty much anything, and are deducted at a rate of one point for every 15 seconds you finish behind your opponents. It is set to be a night of diamond encrusted chat.

Event details can be found on facebook.

Entrants thus far:

  • Eau de Vie (NSW) – Luke Reddington & Max Greco (Defending Champions)
  • Black Pearl (VIC) – Chris Hysted & Rob Libecans
  • Canvas (QLD) – Krystal Hart & Kal Moore
  • Hemmesphere (NSW) – Hamish Mcshane & Tom Bulmer
  • Team NZ Suite Bar Auckland – James Goggin & Barney Toy
  • The Victoria Room (NSW) – Jessica Arnott & Maximillian Gurtler
  • Team WA – James Connolly (Defectors) & Benjamin Tua (Mint)
  • Team WA2 – Simon Hough (Luxe Bar) & Lloyd Smith (Clarences)
  • Team VIC – Lou Dare (The Alchemist) & Merlin Jerebine (Chez Regine)
  • Hugo’s Bar Pizza (NSW) – Natalie Ng & Stuart Morrow

The drinks they’ll be drawing for the first round:

  1. Tommy’s Margarita (Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s)
  2. Paloma (Squirt!)
  3. Batanga (La Capilla)
  4.  Bobby Burns (Old Waldorf Astoria)
  5. Penicilin (Sam Ross, M&H)
  6. Trilby (Savoy)
  7. Pan American Clipper (The Gentleman’s Companion)
  8. The Widow’s Kiss (Modern American Drinks via Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails)
  9. Daiquiri Floridita (El Grande Constante)
  10. El Presidente (Eddie Woelke, Jockey Club, Havana)
  11. Scorpion (Trader Vic)
  12. Bolero (Bolero was also the name of the 1984 movie starring Bo Derek that was dubbed the “Hottest Erotic Film of the Century” hmmmmm.)
  13. Knickerbocker (Tha OG JT)
  14. Planter’s Punch (Maybe one of the ten recipes from The Gentleman’s Companion, then again maybe not…)
  15. Brown Derby (Douglas Fairbanks, Vendome Club, Hollywood)
  16. Mint Julep (Really?)
  17. Stone Fence (See above.)
  18. Corpse Reviver no. 2 (Savoy)
  19. Pegu Club (Barflies and Cocktails)
  20. Suffering Bastard (Joe Scialom, Long Bar at Shepheard’s Hotel, Cairo)