Bar Awards – The Winners!



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The Australian Bar Awards celebrates 10 years of honouring the best in the Aussie bar scene

Presented during Sydney BarShow Week, the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards saw more than 600 Aussie bar industry leaders plus a host of international guests, including Miss Russia, attend a ritzy gala dinner at the Hilton hotel on Wednesday, 22 September.


After a few years of Melbourne dominance, it seems that Sydney venues have come back with a vengeance this year thanks to some dramatic changes to the licensing in New South Wales. New venues such as Eau-De-Vie and Shady Pines Saloon (both in Darlinghurst), The Flinders Hotel in East Sydney and Grasshopper in the CBD all proudly took their places on the winners’ podium last night. Ivy, in the heart of the city, continued to impress, taking out the Hotel of the Year prize for the second year running. The Winery in Surry Hills also continued to cement its place as a must-see venue taking out the Wine Bar of the Year Prize with owners Keystone Hospitality also securing the Multi-venue Operator prize.


Melbourne bars weren’t completely left in the dust with Jason Williams of The Galley Room taking out the coveted Bartender of the Year prize, the owners of classic cocktail mecca 1806 walking away with the Operator of the Year prize, Brunswick Street staple Black Pearl snagging the Bar Team of the Year award and Richmond’s Der Raum, a stalwart of the Melbourne scene being recognised as the country’s number one cocktail bar. Not to be left out, famed Adelaide pub, the Crown & Sceptre was recognised for its amazing drinks selection while Brissie bars, Laruche Bar & Dining and X&Y also walked away with some silverware.

The individual awards were also a big hit with the crowd. Elyssia Wormald, from Sydney bar Eau-De-Vie was a big hit as the Rookie of the Year, a new award presented to the country’s most promising up-and-coming bartender. It was also great to see Bartender magazine’s founding Editor, Naren Young, return to Australia to accept the Outstanding Contribution award.


“Not only are we celebrating 10 years of the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, but we are also celebrating a decade of the ‘modern Australian bar culture’,” says David Spanton, founder of the Bar Awards and Publisher of Australian Bartender Magazine. “In 2000, with the Sydney Olympics, venues such as Establishment and Cargo Bar opened their doors and Australian bar culture has just got stronger and more vibrant since then. This year alone, we have bounced back from near recession and have seen loads of new bars opening. It’s great to be able to celebrate our 10th birthday with such a great party for the nation’s industry leaders.”


Presented by Australian Bartender magazine, the Bar Awards has been described as the ‘Oscars of the bar industry’. The national awards are now in their 10th year and recognise excellence and innovation in bars, hospitality, drinks and hotels across Australia.

See full list of winners below.

Click here to see a full list of the finalists.


The Winners

Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year sponsored by Club Suntory

Bartender of the Year: Jason Williams, The Galley Room, Melbourne

2nd Place: Chris Denman, X&Y, Brisbane

3rd Place: Adam Brewer, Cloudland, Brisbane

Rookie of the Year sponsored by Mozart Distillerie *NEW*

  • Elyssia Wormald, Eau-De-Vie, Sydney

Bar Manager of the Year

  • Sebastien Derbomez, Hemmesphere, Sydney

Operator of the Year (Single Venue)

  • Elizabeth Green, Lisa Kelly, Sebastian Reaburn, 1806, Melbourne

Operator of the Year (Multiple Venues) sponsored by Customers ATM

  • Keystone Hospitality, Sydney

Small Bar of the Year sponsored by Coca-Cola Amatil

  • Grasshopper, Sydney

Bar of the Year sponsored by OrderMate

  • Hugos Manly, Sydney

Cocktail Bar of the Year sponsored by Mixxit

  • Der Raum, Melbourne

Wine Bar of the Year  sponsored by Windowrie Wines

  • The Winery, Sydney

New Bar of the Year sponsored by Schweppes

  • Eau-De-Vie, Sydney

Best New Venue Design sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka

  • Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney

New Hotel of the Year sponsored by Maravending

  • Flinders Hotel, Sydney

Hotel of the Year associate partner BATA

  • Ivy, Sydney

Cocktail List of the Year sponsored by Reserve Brands

  • The Bowery, Brisbane

Best Specialty Beer Venue

  • The Local Taphouse, Sydney

Best Bar Food Selection sponsored by S

  • Laruche Bar & Supperclub, Brisbane

Best Drinks Selection sponsored by Belvedere Vodka

  • Crown & Sceptre, Adelaide

Nightclub of the Year sponsored by Australian Venue Services

  • Kit & Kaboodle, Sydney

Best Music Offering sponsored by APRA

  • X&Y, Brisbane

Best New Launched Product sponsored by Bartender Magazine *NEW*

  • Russian Standard Vodka, Beam Global

Training Programme of the Year sponsored by

  • Diageo’s Alchemy, Diageo

Brand Ambassador of the Year sponsored by

  • Dylan Howarth, Mixxit

Bar Team of the Year sponsored by Think Rewards

  • Black Pearl, Melbourne

Best Marketed Venue sponsored by Bundaberg Rum *NEW*

  • The Victoria Room, Sydney

Outstanding Contribution sponsored by Bartender Magazine

  • Naren Young, Aussie Drinks Writer & Bartender


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