Month: August 2011

Angostura Cocktail Challenge Update

Australia’s leg of the global Angostura Cocktail Challenge is well under way thanks to a bumper turn out at the New South Wales state final on Monday night. Held at Sydney’s shrine to rum – La Bodeguita Del Medio – it was Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Neilsen Braid who proved he can stomach his bitters with the best of them by shrugging off the other competitors to take out the state title.

The Prahran Hotel

With the closure of the Prahran Hotel in late 2010 it seemed certain that Melbourne would loose another iconic site on the nightlife scene. However with a six month renovation by Techne Architects under the guidance of new owners, the Sand Hill Boys (The Post Office Bar Pizza, Holliava, The Richmond Club Hotel and The Bridge Hotel).

Conservatory Rooftop Bar

Perthites have yet another reason to get excited with the recent opening of The Conservatory rooftop bar. While it was originally slated to open in time for last summer, the usual hiccups that come with any venture delayed it until now – but better late than never!

How to open your own bar

Looking to open your own bar? Sydney BarShow Week will host an educational and must attend seminar for anyone thinking about opening their own venue.

David Wondrich & The Wiffin

As a former English professor, I can admire this passage for being terse without fading into dullness. As a cocktail fiend, however, it leaves me unsatisfied. What did they order? Martinis? Scotch Highballs? Pink Ladies for the mugs and straight rye for the others? I want to know. I think it makes a difference.

Classic Cocktails – The Bobby Burns

Albert Crockett, author of The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, claims the ‘bobby’ as an evolution of the Robert Burns – a whiskey and sweet vermouth cocktail, that had dashes of absinthe.

The Villager Hotel

The newly renovated Villager Hotel is offering Brisbanites a wonderful place to retreat amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Set in the style of a New York warehouse the design exposes the building’s original brick walls and hardwood beams, accentuated by antique industrial pendant lights. Whimsical wallpaper, flamboyantly upholstered banquette seating and quirky wall hangings all add to the charm of this heritage-listed building.

Finsbury Platinum London Dry Gin

Suntory’s Finsbury Platinum is a London Dry Gin still made to a 250 year old secret recipe at the distillery founded in London by Joseph Bishop in 1740.

Drinks With…Philip Duff

Philip Duff, globe trotting drinks consultant and the man behind the iconic door 74 in Amsterdam, has also been responsible for some of the world’s best bar training courses