Take a look at the stellar speakers at this year’s Business of Bars Conference


The Business of Bars Conference

Date: Monday, 19th September, 2015
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Venue: The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel, Crown Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $25 per session or $80 for 4. Click here for tickets.
*All visitors must be 18 years or older to attend. No prams or babies allowed.

Sydney Bar Week is right around the corner. And in addition to all the great parties and events — not to mention the 16th annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, too — there’s also plenty of education to be had.

That’s what the Business of Bars Conference is all about. With four 45 minute talks, some of the country’s best operators and industry personalities will be tackling topics that aspiring bar owners will want to know.

Everything from getting the right results in the media, to making the transition from bartender to bar owner, to the usefulness of themes and in house events in making money for your bar, the Business of Bars Conference is essential for anyone wanting to know more about the ins and outs of running a great bar.


The Business of Bars Conference takes place on Monday the 19th of September during Sydney Bar Week at The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel. Tickets are available now — it’s $25 for one session, or $80 for all four. Click here to visit the Eventbrite page to get your tickets before they sell out.

Take a look at the topics and the stellar speakers involved in the conference.

Say it Right! Getting Results in the Media

12.15pm to 1pm
Have you ever wondered what it takes to guarantee FB Likes, Instagram followers or column inches for your venue? Listen to some successful bar owners and media personalities break it down:
Amy Cooper (Journalist, Sun Herald)
Corinne Mossati (Founder, Gourmantic)
Tash Conte (Owner, Black Pearl)
Sven Almenning (MD, The Speakeasy Group)
Hosted by David Spanton (founder, Bartender Magazine)
Cost: $25 for 1, $80 for 4

From Bartender to Bar Owner

1.15pm to 2pm
Opening a bar might be the next step on your career agenda. But wait, there’s so much you should know before you jump in. Come and listen to those who’ve done it before, and more importantly are making a cracking success of it. The panel includes::
Lewis Jaffrey (Owner, Big Poppas)
Andy Freeman (MD, Two Bit Group)
Pasan Wijesena (Owner, Earl’s Juke Joint)
Charlie Lehman (Owner, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern)
Hosted by David Spanton (founder, Bartender Magazine)
Cost: $25 for 1, $80 for 4

To Theme or not to Theme?

2.15pm to 3pm
From whisky to tequila, American dive bars to tiki, there are themed bars all over the country and it can be a great way to stand out from the crowd. Does your bar need a theme and if so, what are some of the tips & pitfalls. Our expert panel includes:
Mike Enright (Owner, Gin&It, The Barbershop)
Alex Dowd (Owner, Tio’s & The Cliff Dive)
Jeremy Shipley (Group Bars Manager, Solotel Group)
Marcus Motteram (Owner, Hains & Co.)
Hosted by David Spanton (founder, Bartender Magazine)
Cost: $25 for 1, $80 for 4

Running In-House Events at your Bar

3.15pm to 4pm
In-house events can help transform the your bar business by bringing more punters and more dollars through the front door. Our expert panel discusses the types of events to look out for:
Greg Sanderson (Owner, Eau de Vie, Melbourne)
Brett Robinson (GM, Mechanics Institute & Dominion League)
Tim Philips (Owner, Icebank Hospitality)
Hosted by David Spanton (founder, Bartender Magazine)
Cost: $25 for 1, $80 for 4

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