You’re invited to the Farewell Martini Toast to Vernon Chalker livestream

Today we’re covering the news that a leading light of the Australian bar world, Mr Vernon Chalker, passed away yesterday at the age of 55.

You can read our farewell to Vernon online here.

Australian Bartender founder and publisher Dave Spanton will also host a Farewell Martini Toast to Vernon on the Australian Bartender Facebook page on Friday 8 May at 4pm AEST. You’re invited to join us on this Zoom chat live on to bid farewell and raise a Martini to a true giant of the Australian hospitality industry.

If you would like to be involved and share a Vernon story or just say goodbye then please email as we want to involve as many people as we can to say a short word. The live chat will take place via Zoom and be streamed through Facebook Live.

“For me, the start of our modern quality bar culture — it all started with meeting Vernon and experiencing his hospitality and game changing venue that was and is the Gin Palace,” says Dave Spanton, Australian Bartender founder and publisher.

“Vernon was a true gentleman and pioneer for our industry. He will be greatly missed.”

Visit the event page on Facebook here for more details and to create a reminder for the event.