Most Influential List Top 50 Announced

Bartender magazine's Most Influential List Top 50

With such a fantastic response to the voting for Bartender magazine’s Most Influential List it has certainly shown that Australia’s bartending fraternity is proud to get behind the people they think are doing a great job.

With more than 650 votes from trade professionals the results have revealed a good mix of bartenders, operators, brand managers and trainers, among others. Beginning in 2009 and running every second year this wonderful industry focused initiative really rewards those people who help make the bartending and hospitality industry a great place to be.

Listed below is the Top 50 for 2011. This exclusive list was also featured in the recently released March edition of Bartender magazine.

The Top 10 will be announced at another bumper celebration, this year to be held at one of Sydney’s trendiest new venues, The Norfolk Hotel, Monday April 11, from 6:30pm.


To attend this event RSVP is essential by Monday March 28. Contact

And so without further delay here is the Bartender magazine’s Most Influential List Top 50 for 2011 (in alphabetical order by first name). Congratulations to all nominated.

  1. Adam Brewer, Cross Town Eating House
  2. Amy Cooper, S and Parched March
  3. Andy Freeman, Luxe and bamBOO
  4. Andy Penney, Duke/Flinders
  5. Anthony Kapalan, Corner House Bondi
  6. Anton Forte, Shady Pines Saloon
  7. Barry Chalmers, Glenfiddich Ambassador Asia Pacific
  8. Ben Davidson, Pernod Ricard Spirits Ambassador
  9. Ben Shipley, Everyday Drinking
  10. Ben Walsh, Goldfish
  11. Dan Kauffman, Bar Zine and Sydney Morning Herald
  12. Dave Evans, Hugos Group
  13. Dean Lucas, 666 Vodka and Spice Market
  14. Dylan Howarth, Mixxit
  15. Eile Moubarak, Lychee Lounge, Laruche
  16. Fraser Short, Keystone
  17. Gary Beadle, 399 and Five in Perth
  18. Grant Collins, Bar Solutions
  19. Greg Sanderson, Black Pearl and Alchemy
  20. James Wirth, Norfolk/Duke/Flinders
  21. Jason Chan, Greenhouse, Batch Esspresso, Tradewinds Gin
  22. Jason Crawley, Mixxit
  23. Jason Williams, Keystone Group Cocktail Manager
  24. John Duncan, Keystone
  25. Alex Ross, Order of Melbourne
  26. Julian Tobias, The Island and The Club
  27. Justin Hemmes, Merivale
  28. Karl Schlothauer, Pocket Bar
  29. Lee Potter Cavanagh, The Victoria Room
  30. Linden Pride, Rockpool Group
  31. Marco Faraone, The Island Bar and Flavour
  32. Marco Nunes, Canvas
  33. Martin O’Sullivan, Grasshopper/ Small Bars Association
  34. Natasha Conte, Black Pearl
  35. Matthew Bax, Der Raum
  36. Merlin Jerebine, Agave Society and Orchestra bar at 1806
  37. Michael Delany-Korabelnikova, Creative Director at The Prince, Designer Norfolk, Duke and Flinders
  38. Mike Enright, Merivale Group Bars Manager
  39. Myffy Rigby, Timeout
  40. Pat Nourse, Gourmet Traveller
  41. Paul Schulte, The Gazebos/ Keystone
  42. Perry Scott, The Lark
  43. Petr Dvoracek, Lotus and Ms G’s
  44. Phil Bayly, Café Pacifico
  45. Sebastian Reaburn, 666 Vodka Ambassador and Author
  46. Shaun Pattison, Chusdy
  47. Simon Chalmers, Kudu Lounge and Beach Haus
  48. Steve Jeffares, Local Taphouse
  49. Sven Almenning, Behind Bars and Eau De Vie
  50. Vernon Chalker, Collins Quarter, Gin Palace, Madame Brussels, Order of Melbourne


The Most Influential List Party and Top 10 Announcement

Come and join Bartender magazine to raise a toast to the Top 50 bar industry personalities in Australia and be there as we announce the Top 10.

When: Monday 11 April, 6:30pm
Where: The Norfolk Hotel, 305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

RSVP: Send your RSVP to by Monday March 28.

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