Month: November 2012

Brasserie Ananas

Open in time for the rush of festive season champagne sales is this new brasserie and bar in the Rocks. The bar is decked out in 1920s décor and inspired by the French Mediterranean and the eponymous pineapple (ananas being the French word for it).

Distillery Profile: Bundaberg Rum

There aren’t many iconic Australian brands that have enjoyed such an illustrious and colourful history than that of Bundaberg Rum. It all started in 1888, when a group of enterprising sugar millers decided to do something about a surplus of molasses trickling from the cane fields of Bundaberg…

Astronomical Ardbeg!

Ardbeg, purveyors of peaty pleasures from Islay, have become the first Scottish distillery to conduct experiments in space.

Drinks With: Laura Hay & Karel ‘Papi’ Reyes

One of the great things about Sydney Bar Week is all the amazing talent that jets into town for the week-long celebration of the booze biz. So we took the chance to sit down with two of Pernod Ricard’s finest and here’s what they have to say…

A hotel bar gilt with talent

The QT hotel brand has opened their Sydney flagship location, complete with three high-quality bars over different floors and some significant Sydney talent. The emphasis on quality extends further than just your usual hotel bar fare, with the team using house-made ingredients where possible.

Introducing: Samuel Ng

This guy was nominated for Rookie of the Year at the Bar Awards this year and has a damn impressive resume for someone with less than two years ‘tending stick. Introducing, Samuel Ng.

A bumper bartending bash

People from all over the country once again descended on Sydney for what is without question the biggest gathering of bartenders and bar professionals in Australia each year. We implemented many new changes to the schedule this year and none better than the move back to the event’s spiritual home at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in the Rocks. If there was one thing everyone could agree on it was how much better this picturesque waterside location was for both the trade and general public visitors.

Fox Bar

We’re well versed in the spate of small bar openings that have taken over Sydney and other capital cities (yes Melbourne, you did it first) but there isn’t a lot we hear about the trend flowering beyond the major cities.

Sure, there’s Goldfish in the Hunter Valley. Now, thanks to the arrival of Fox Bar in Maitland there are the nascent beginnings of a Hunter Valley small bar tour – though someone is going to have to drive.