There’s a special Coleman’s Academy event lined up for Sydney Bar Week

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Coleman’s Academy, the not for profit initiative focusing on empowering and inspiring women in the bar industry, is putting on a special event on Monday the 17th of September at Sydney Bar Week.

Founded by Sydney bartender Paige Aubort, Coleman’s Academy has seen the likes of Tash Conte, Jessica Arnott, Caroline Childerley, Dee Ryan and Ren Butler share their experiences and knowledge with attendees at the event (you can check out videos of the talks here).

This year for Sydney Bar Week, however, they’re mixing things up with the Coleman’s Academy Human Library. Taking place between 10am and 1pm at Big Poppa’s on the Monday of Bar Week, it’s basically your chance to meet with a number of individuals to glean insights from their stories and their expertise, to help you on your way in your own career.

Take a look at the details below.

What: Coleman’s Academy Human Library
Date: Monday, 17th September
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: Big Poppa’s, 96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Tickets: click here to get yours.
Rent the minds of some of the industry’s best for a 30-minute open book session. From venue owners to distillers to brand managers, this is your unique chance to sit down and ask all of the questions you’ve got.


Want to open your own venue? Want to move from behind the bar into sales? Hoping to start distilling? Got questions about ops and financials?
At the Coleman’s Academy Human Library, you can book a time to ask the hard questions and get real, tangible information that you can take back to help you kick-start the next step in your career. Want to come as a group?

We have four, 30-minute sessions available for each person between 10am and 1pm. If the session you would like to attend is sold out, please contact us at

  • Harriet Leigh, Archie Rose
  • Georgia Van Tiel, Seedlip
  • Palisa Anderson, Chat Thai
  • Dee Ryan, Merivale
  • Monica Brown, Louts PR Communications
  • Dr Ingrid Santiago-Brown, Inkwell Wines
  • Jared Merlino, Big Poppa’s
  • Oscar McMahon, Young Henrys
  • Anton Forte, Swillhouse
  • Charlie Lehmann, Ramblin’ Rascals
  • Will Edwards, Archie Rose

We understand that people may want to go into business together. All attendees will all need to purchase tickets and you can have up to three people per booking. Please purchase one ticket for your chosen session and then contact Alice at

Come prepared – it’s fine to have a list of questions, in fact, we’re happy to work with you to help you structure the way you want your session to go so you get the most benefit from it. Know what you want to take away; that could be solid facts or advice, or you may just want to hear someones story. The big thing is that you just be ready to learn.

This Coleman’s Academy event is open to anyone over 18 in the industry. Tickets are $30 and include food and drinks provided by Jameson.
Any questions, please contact