The Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards is done for another year. 2018 was the 18th instalment of what is the Oscars of the bar industry, and some 40-odd awards were handed out on the evening recognising the outstanding achievements of the country’s best bars, bar operators, and bartenders.
And in our Bartender of the Year sponsored BACARDI & De Kuyper this year, we had for the first time three women in the Top 8 and two women in the Top 3, with the remarkable talents of Jenna Hemsworth from Sydney’s Restaurant Hubert taking out the top prize — the first woman to do so in the competition’s history.
It was a long time coming, and there’s no doubt that Hemsworth is a worthy and deserved member of the exclusive club that is the Bartenders of the Year.
Take a look below at all the winners from the evening.