Month: February 2010

Mezzo Bar & Grill, Melbourne

‘Mezzo’ meaning half in Italian, aptly describes this new venue being half about the wine and the other half about what’s coming off the grill. This bar and eatery occupies the site that once held Oyster Little Bourke and is still run by the same team

Chandelier Bar, Adelaide

Adelaide Casino has seen as massive $5 million redevelopment of Marble Hall, including an impressive custom-built chandelier weighing almost a tonne over hanging above the glamorous new Chandelier Bar.

Bye’s Liffey Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Admittedly wine releases aren’t what we usually focus on in these pages, but when we got the call from Nathan Cairns about his family wine label ‘Bye’s’ we thought we’d make an exception. Nathan, for those of you old enough to remember, was one of Sydney’s original cocktail bartenders who set up Longrain’s bar in 1999. Furthermore, Nathan was featured in Bartender magazine for being second runner-up in Bartender of the Year (while at Middle Bar) at the inaugural Australian Bar Awards in 2001.

City Hotel Relauch – This Friday

The Deconstructed team who previously oversaw the revamp of the Shelbourne Hotel in Sydney’s CBD have embarked upon a new venture; the City Hotel or just ‘The City’ as they envisage the venue becoming known. The launch event for step one of the project is set for tomorrow night.

Eau-De-Vie, Sydney

Well it’s here and it’s making waves: Eau-De-Vie, the bar by the dynamic duo Sven and Amber Almenning, has already been subject to rave consumer reviews – and you thought it would just be an industry bar!

Maeve Fox, Melbourne

Maeve Fox opened for trade in September last year taking over that space once held Platform 3. The venue is owned by Simon Pratt and Carlyle Gannon (behind South Yarra’s Katuk) as well as John Broderick and Leon Kopp.

Bartender Magazine’s Top 5 Cocktails of 2010

With summer now in full swing the team here at and Bartender magazine are getting a mighty thirst on. Every month we get sent some cracking cocktail recipes and menus from all around the country, we get to sample fine potions on our travels and often drink superlative beverages compounded for the country’s top cocktail competitions.

Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8

Louis XIII Rare Cask 43.8 is a supremely rare, unprecedented release of one of the world’s finest Cognacs from the House of Rémy Martin, discovered and nurtured by cellar master, Pierrette Trichet.