Month: July 2009

VIDEO: World Cocktail Week Australia 2009

Celebrating 4 years of World Cocktail Week in Australia, the industry witnessed Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne hosting celebrations supported by SIGNÉ in conjunction with Yakusan. Follow the adventures throughout World Cocktail Week 2009 in this video…

Launch of Square One Organic Vodka & Square One Cucumber

Vanguard Luxury Brands (headed up by the eminently popular and all-round nice guy Mr James France) officially launched two new spirits – Square One Organic Vodka and Square One Cucumber – to add to their stable which already includes Flor de Cana Rum, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Simple Syrup Co. and Aviation Gin.

The Beresford Hotel, Sydney

Nestled in between the colourful Oxford Street scene and funky Surry Hills set is The Beresford Hotel. While a historic site, father and son team Ashod Nassibian and Gerry Nass, are not covering old ground with this new venture. In this latest incarnation The Beresford Hotel has been transformed into a 1920s New York-style pub with a fine Italian trattoria, huge outdoor spaces, a soon to open live music venue and function area all complimented by a bar team and drinks selection that one would expect in a top cocktail bar.

Tales of the Cocktail Awards Announced

Australian bars were overlooked at the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail awards held in New Orleans at the popular cocktail festival last week. Last year, Melbourne’s 1806 was honoured with the prize for the World’s Best Cocktail List but this year it was pipped by The Merchant Hotel of Belfast in Northern Ireland. This hotel also scored gongs for Best Hotel Bar and Best Drinks Selection.

Limbo (at Electric Circus), Adelaide

Opened in March this year, Limbo occupies the space between Adelaide’s popular nightclub Electric Circus and live music venue Rocket Bar. The site was originally a record store run by the owners, Paul Glen and James Hillier (Electric Circus, Rocket Bar and Botanic) which has been empty over the last three years.

CLASSIC: The Margarita

Of all cocktails, none has been assaulted quite like the Margarita. At some bars it’s now like a Slurpee from 7/11; a frozen concoction swirling around in a myriad of colours and flavours. But it wasn’t always so tacky. The world’s most popular cocktail is a sublime drink when made properly.


Greece is World Class

We’ve been keeping up to date with all the action at Diageo’s Global World Class Competition in London and we can report that the winner is… (drum roll, please): Aristotelis Papadopoulos from Banquet, Thessaloniki, Greece! Click here to find out all the gritty details from the week in London…

Brook St Kitchen & Bar, Sydney

The Randwick Rugby Club has recently undergone a major multi-million dollar revamp with the Brook St Kitchen & Bar being a shining new feature bringing the nearly 50 year old club well into the 21st century.