Take a look at what’s in store this Sydney Bar Week


Here we go folks — Sydney Bar Week 2016 is just a couple of months away, kicking off on Saturday the 17th of September and finishing up on the 20th. With the finalists for the 16th annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards unveiled, the competitors for the Bartender of the Year sponsored by Bacardi & De Kuyper sorted, and the return of the Indie Tasting to Frankie’s announced, we’re barrelling towards four days of bar industry goodness so big that it’s called a Bar Week.

It’s just not September in Sydney without Bar Week. It’s the time of year in which the brightest bartenders and bar operators gather in Sydney to swap notes, catch up, learn about the latest trends and drink some great drinks.

Take a look at just some of the great events that we’ve got lined up for this year — tickets will go onside from July 1 — and if you want to get involved in events during Bar Week get in touch with David Spanton via email on david@spantonmedia.com.



18.09.16 — The Indie Tasting at Frankie’s Pizza

Our Indie Tasting shines a light on the amazing array of small, artisan and craft spirits now available or coming soon to Australia. This showcase helps boutique brands with small budgets gain more attention and visibility in today’s competitive market.

We’ll also have some brief masterclasses going on which will feature in-depth tastings.
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter Street, Sydney
When: Sydney Bar Week, Sunday 18th September 2016
Time: 12pm – 4.30pm
Cost: $40 online. Buy your tickets online at barweek.com.au.

19.09.16 — The Business of Bars Conference

The annual Business of Bars Conference has gained a loyal following over the years, and it’s back again in 2016.Bar professionals from around the country have come along to listen and learn from leading operators on running a successful bar business. These sessions are ideal for anyone looking to become a bar owner — in 2015 our event sold out well in advance and we expect 2016 to be even bigger and better. 
Date: Monday, 19th September, 2016
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Venue: The Whisky Room, Clock Hotel, Surry Hills
Cost: $25 per session/ $80 for all.


20.09.16 — Bartender Workshops

Australian Bartender has always championed education in the trade, and this year we’re bringing some influential speakers to give you the latest knowledge and techniques to help you become a better bartender. Don’t forget to visit barweek.com.au — and keep your eye on these pages — for the full list of topics and speakers.

When: 20th September, 12-4pm
Where: TBC
Tickets go on sale August. $15 per session/ $45 for all 4. Visit barweek.com.au for more information and to book your place.


20.09.16 — Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards

Australian Bartender Magazine’s 16th annual Australian Bar Awards is back. It’s the ‘Oscars’ of the bar industry, when some 550 of the industry’s best will gather at Sydney’s Doltone House in Pyrmont for some general congratulations, a lot of mingling and of course, the distribution of some pretty important awards, as voted by the trade.

When: 20th September, 5:30pm
Where: Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf
Cost: $295 (incl. GST) per seat, $2950 (incl GST) for table of 10. Includes all booze and food. Tickets are strictly limited and are available to bar professionals and sponsors only. Tickets go on sale in July.


Host an trade or consumer drinks event at your bar…

The Bar Week timetable includes everything from intimate tastings at bars around town to late night parties, tongue-in-cheek awards (thanks to the Idiot Savant Team) and brand sponsored events which give Bar Week sponsors a chance to tailor their own event to the trade. 

Hosting an official Bar Week event will give you the added benefit of being listed in all our promotional material leading up to Bar Week in Australian Bartender, australianbartender.com.au and our social media and e-newsletters. To register your interest, all you need is a good idea for a trade or consumer event and the willingness to use the brands that officially support Bar Week. Simply email your ideas to david@spantonmedia.com.au Simply email your ideas to david@spantonmedia.com.

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