Photography by Dave McKelvey
Get your vote on for the Australian bar industry’s night of nights
That’s right; it’s that time of the year once more; time to get your vote on for the only national awards night dedicated to our beloved bar industry. As of March 1 voting will be open for the Australian bar awards at www.barshow.com.au. You may have heard on the grapevine that there have been a couple of changes to the awards categories; primarily the rules regarding Cocktail Bar of the Year and the all new Small Bar of the Year award.
To qualify for Cocktail Bar of the Year not only will you need to top the trade votes but you must also have available bottled mixers and bespoke or premium (solid 25mm²) cubed ice. The idea is to not only reward to those who raise standards in the industry, but to also help define the difference between the Bar of the Year and Cocktail Bar categories.
In 2009 the Australian bar awards will welcome the addition of the Small Bar of the Year category. This new award has come at the cost of the New Nightclub of the Year category (new nightclubs will have to compete in Nightclub of the Year) and aims to reward those pint sized venues that still pack a punch (or even a Sour or a Collins). So if your venue holds 100 people or less consider giving this award a nudge. Voting is open from March 1 until 12pm May 31 with full rules explained on www.barshow.com.au