Month: June 2011

Esquire’s Handbook for Hosts

This wee vintage find from 1949 is treasure trove of good old fashioned chauvinism, strong drink, and tips on how to run a successful party. There are recipes for bouillabaisse, instructions on how to carve, receipts for making Chatham Artillery Punch, rules for various card games, tips on dressing and even an etiquette refresher.

The Stuffed Beaver

Brody Peterson’s latest Bondi venture is a little piece of North America smack bang on one of Sydney’s busiest ex-pat strips, and it’s proving to be a great concept.

Auckland’s Finest

Long before ‘small bar’ was the industry catch phrase in Australia, Auckland had small bars without the inverted commas. And small bars will continue to open in the City of Sails. It has very little to do with the fact that they’re trendy and more to do with practicality and lower overheads.

Jim Beam Black

Jim Beam Black, the rich and full flavoured Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, has undergone a significant change in appearance that is aimed at driving the driving the premium Bourbon category forward.

TMD Cocktail Bitters Kit

Tamborine Mountain Distillery has landed another knockout. Hot off the production line (Bartender magazine got one of the first looks at their newest offering) is a bespoke range of cocktail bitters for every travelling bartender.

The Fern

The Redfern area is really starting to ramp up it’s offerings when it comes to food and drink, and The Fern is the latest new kid on the block. Julian Serna, of Pure Drinks Design, is behind the helm and the venue is showing its creative side mixing retro style themes and an eclectic mix of décor and design. On offer are sumptuous food treats that’ll sort you out from dawn till dusk and match up well to the drinks on offer.

Tim Philips is World Class

Last night saw the culmination of Reserve’s year long World Class program on Australian shores. And taking out top honours after three long days of fierce competition was Tim Philips from ivy’s Level 6 in Sydney. Runners-up in this epic bartending battle were Phil Gandevia of Sydney’s Eau De Vie and and Marco Nunes from Brisbane’s Canvas.

Over 32,000 award nominations for Australian Bar Awards!

Voting for this year’s Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards has smashed all previous returning a record number of votes tallied for 2011! The count was tireless and numbers came a whopping 23 per cent higher than last year proving that this valuable industry initiative continues to be the focal point of the bar industry’s calendar.

Rekorderlig’s Winter Cider

The Swedish Cider masters at Rekorderlig are once again set to deliver something pretty special with a limited edition ‘Winter Cider’, set to hit bars soon.

Porter and Stout

The Strong Black Stuf: A Clearly Opaque Debate By Edward Washington For the untrained eye…