It’s been a long wait. You, the Australian bar industry, have had your say over three months of voting (and a year’s hiatus), and now the results are in: these are the finalists for the 20th annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards.
These are strange times, that’s for sure, so we hope that this list of finalists (with 12 in most categories) brings a smile to many faces around the country.
The Bar Awards will take place on Tuesday the 21st of September this year at Doltone House, and is just one of the 30-plus events in store for Sydney Bar Week this year, which takes place from September 19th to 21st — click here to visit the barweek.com.au and check out the full timetable.
And if you’re a finalist in this year’s awards, you can book your tickets now, by simply clicking here and downloading the form. Tickets are exclusively available for sponsors and the bar trade. And if, for COVID-related reasons, the Bar Awards can’t go ahead, tickets will be fully refundable.
To all the finalists: congratulations! We’ll see you in September at the Bar Awards.
Bar Operator of the Year Proudly sponsored by The Exchange by CCA Alex Dowd & Jeremy Blackmore, Tio’s & Cantina OK!, NSW Barrelhouse Group, NSW Dimitri Rtshiladze, Foxtrot Unicorn, WA Drunken Monkey Group, QLD Jacob Goss, Rum Diary & Hooch, VIC/ Rum Diary Newcastle, NSW Made in the Shade, VIC Martin Lange, Cobbler, Death & Taxes, Savile Row, QLD Natalie Ng, Door Knock, NSW Speakeasy Group, NSW & VIC Stefano Catino, Maybe Sammy, Sammy Jnr, Dean & Nancy on 22, NSW Swillhouse, NSW The Hospo Group Cairns, QLD
Cocktail List of the Year Proudly sponsored by Moet Hennessy Above Board, VIC Byrdi, VIC Cantina OK!, NSW Death & Taxes, QLD Double Deuce Lounge, NSW Maybe Mae, SA Maybe Sammy, NSW Nick & Nora’s Melbourne, VIC PS40, NSW RE, NSW The Cumberland Manly, NSW The Everleigh, VIC
Cocktail Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by De Kuyper Above Board, VIC Black Pearl, VIC Byrdi, VIC Charlie Parker’s, NSW PS40, NSW The Everleigh, VIC Maybe Mae, SA Maybe Sammy, NSW Apollonia, NSW The Cumberland, NSW RE, NSW Romeo Lane, VIC
Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Campari Australia Bar Margaux, VIC Beneath Driver Lane, VIC Burrow Bar, NSW Double Deuce Lounge, NSW Fortunate Son, NSW Foxtrot Unicorn, WA Jangling Jacks, NSW Memphis Slims, SA Nick & Nora’s Melbourne The Baxter Inn, NSW The Duke of Clarence, NSW The Gresham, QLD
New Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Hendrick's Gin
Apollonia, NSW Bar Margaux, VIC Dean & Nancy on 22, NSW Double Deuce Lounge, NSW Fortunate Son, NSW Foxtrot Unicorn, WA High Jinks, ACT Nick & Nora’s Melbourne, VIC Re, NSW The Cumberland, NSW The Gidley, NSW Will's at Coogee Pavilion, NSW
Rookie of the Year Proudly sponsored by The Blend by Beam Suntory Dane Solly, 18th Amendment Bar Ballarat, VIC Edoardo Braci, Will’s at Coogee Pavilion, NSW Fred Mundy, El Grotto, WA Grace Rawlins, Memphis Slims House of Blues, SA Jacob Ransom, NOLA Smokehouse & Bar, NSW Jay Heart, Evolve Spirits Bar, TAS Johnny Truong, Smoke & Oak, NT Julie Restrepo, Hains & Co., SA Kate Bartlett, Cobbler, QLD Liam Gavin, Door Knock, NSW Meg Litherland, PS40, NSW Storm Evans, Cantina OK!, NSW
Best Sustainable Bar Program Proudly sponsored by ecoSPIRITS Births & Deaths, NSW Byrdi, VIC Charlie Parker, NSW Ends & Means, VIC Maybe Mae, SA Re, NSW
Pub of the Year Proudly sponsored by Campari Academy Coogee Pavilion, NSW Hats & Tatts, VIC Imperial Hotel Erskineville, NSW The Beresford, NSW The Buena Vista Hotel, NSW The Dolphin, NSW The Eltham Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW The Harbord Hotel, NSW The Hotel Esplanade, VIC The Lincoln, VIC The Prince St Kilda, VIC The Unicorn, NSW
Host of the Year Proudly Sponsored by Monkey Shoulder Ana Mitchell, 18th Amendment Bar Geelong, VIC Carmen Ianni, Palmer & Co., NSW Chau Tran, Burrow Bar, NSW Daniel Hilton, The Lobo, NSW Ethan Taitoko, Old Mate’s Place, NSW Hayden Lambert, Above Board, VIC Isabella Larcombe, High Jinks, ACT Kayla Grigoriou, Bar Torino, SA Olivia Rockwell, Continental Deli CBD, NSW Pete Ehemann, The Cumberland, Manly, NSW Stefano Catino, Maybe Sammy, NSW
Small Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Moet Hennessy Above Board, VIC Bad Frankie, VIC Bar Topa, NSW Burrow Bar, NSW Cantina OK!, NSW Door Knock, NSW Hooch & Fellow, QLD Maker, QLD Old Mate's Place, NSW Romeo Lane, VIC Rosella’s, QLD The Cumberland, NSW
Bar Manager of the Year Proudly sponsored by FORDS GIN Damien Kos-Beckwith, 18th Amendment Bar, VIC Emma Crisp, El Grotto, WA Evan Stroeve, Re, NSW Jacob Cohen, Savile Row, QLD James Irvine, Four Pillars Laboratory, NSW Kayla Reid, Nick & Nora’s Melbourne, VIC Mary White, The Lobo, NSW Noriel Calub, High Jinks, ACT Ollie Howe, Mindil Beach Casino, NT Petr Dvoracek, The Cumberland, NSW Shirley Yeung, Fotrot Unicorn, WA Steve McDermott, The Duke of Clarence, NSW
Regional Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by The Blend by Beam Suntory 18th Amendment Bar Geelong, VIC Births & Deaths Wollongong, NSW Blue Kahunas Newcastle, NSW Coal & Cedar Newcastle, NSW Dulcie’s Cottage Merimbula, NSW Flamingo’s Tiki Bar Cairns, QLD High Jinks Canberra ACT Hooch & Fellow Townsville QLD Howlin’ Wolf Wollongong, NSW Rosella’s Gold Coast, QLD The Rum Diary Bar Newcastle, NSW Three Wolves Cairns, QLD
Bar Team of the Year Proudly sponsored by The Exchange Above Board, VIC Black Pearl, VIC Burrow Bar, NSW Cantina OK!, NSW Door Knock, NSW Double Deuce Lounge, NSW Maybe Mae, SA Maybe Sammy, NSW Mechanics Institute, WA Old Mate’s Place, NSW Re, NSW The 18th Amendment Bar Geelong, VIC
Best Specialty Beer Venue Proudly Sponsored by Young Henrys Beer Mash, VIC Bitter Phew, NSW Bloodhound Corner Bar, QLD Boilermaker House, VIC Brewski Bar, QLD Cookie, VIC Frankie’s Pizza, NSW Keg & Brew, NSW Mr West, VIC NOLA, SA Petition Beer Corner, WA The Local Taphouse, NSW
Brand Ambassador of the Year Proudly sponsored by Bartender magazine Alice Newport, Pernod Ricard Brendan Scott Grey, The Exchange Cameron Pirret, CCA Garth Foster, Moet-Hennessy Georgina Mann, Bacardi Martini Australia Geraint David, Southtrade International Grant Shearon, Brown-Forman Hayley Dixon, Proximo Spirits James Irvine, Four Pillars Krystal Hart, Diageo Luke Sanderson, Hendrick’s Gin Ross Blainey, Glenfiddich & The Balvenie Sai Merchant, Diplomatico Rum Tristram Lilburne-Fini, Campari Australia
Training Program of the Year Proudly presented by Bartender magazine Ananas Campari Academy Diageo Bar Academy Fine Drinks Movement Rums of the Caribbean by Bacardi Martini The Blend/ The Exchange by Beam Suntory & CCA JERRY by Proof & Company
Hotel Bar of the Year Proudly Sponsored by De Kuyper Bentley Bar at The Radisson, NSW Evolve Spirts Bar at Macq01 Hotel, TAS Flaggerdoot, Jackelope Hotel, VIC Grain, Four Seasons, NSW Hennessy Bar, Mayfair Hotel, SA IXL Long Bar, Henry Jones Art Hotel, TAS Lui Bar, The Rialto, VIC Miss Moneypenny’s Broadbeach, Avani Hotel, QLD Monster Kitchen & Bar, Ovolo Nishi, ACT Rooftop Bar at QT, VIC Shadow Wine Bar, The Alex, WA Zeta Bar at Hilton Hotel, NSW
Tequila Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Arquitecto Barrio Cellar, NSW Bodega Underground, VIC Caballitos, WA Cantina OK!, NSW El Grotto, WA Esteban, NSW Hot Tamale, NT Mamasita, VIC Mejico, NSW Mesa Verde, VIC Pancho Villa, TAS Tio’s Cerveceria, NSW
Whisky Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Glenfiddich Bar Lafayette, WA Boilermaker House, VIC Cobbler, QLD Death & Taxes, QLD Evolve Spirits Bar, TAS NOLA Smokehouse & Bar, NSW The Baxter Inn, NSW The Doss House, NSW The Elysian Whisky Bar, VIC The Gresham, QLD Varnish on King, WA Whisky & Alement, VIC
Rum Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Bacardi Rum Burrow Bar, NSW Flamingo’s Tiki Bar, QLD Grandma’s, NSW Hains & Co., SA Hula Bula, WA Jacoby’s Tiki Bar, NSW Rude Boy, TAS Rum Bar Airlie Beach, QLD Sneaky Tony's, WA The Lobo, NSW The Palm Royale, VIC The Rum Diary Bar, VIC
Gin Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by FORDS gin Bar Torino, SA Covent Garden, QLD Dutch Courage, QLD Frisk, WA Gin Lane, NSW Gin Palace, VIC Hains & Co, SA Moya’s Juniper Lounge, NSW Society Salamanca, TAS The Barber Shop, NSW Union Electric, VIC W Churchill, WA
Restaurant Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Drambuie Liqueur Alberto’s Lounge, NSW Bar Margaux, VIC Big Poppa's, NSW Bistecca, NSW Capitano, VIC Continental Deli Bar & Bistro CBD, NSW Dead Ringer, NSW Long Chim, WA Mjolner Sydney, NSW NOLA Smokehouse & Bar, NSW Restaurant Hubert, NSW The Gidley, NSW
Best Live Music Venue Proudly Sponsored by Bacardi Rum Beneath Driver Lane, VIC Black Bear Lodge, QLD Brooklyn Standard, QLD Cherry Bar, VIC Cry Baby Bar, SA Donny's Manly, NSW Frankie’s Pizza, NSW Lefty's Music Hall, QLD Memphis Slims House of Blues, SA Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, NSW Shady Pines Saloon, NSW Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar, QLD
Best Bartenders' Bar Proudly sponsored by Jägermeister Black Pearl, VIC Brooklyn Standard, QLD Cantina OK!, NSW Cry Baby Bar, SA Hats & Tatts, VIC Heartbreaker, VIC Howlin’ Wolf Wollongong, NSW Mechanics Institute, WA Old Mate’s Place, NSW Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, NSW Shady Pines Saloon, NSW Spleen, VIC
Wine Bar of the Year Proudly sponsored by Unico Zelo 10 William St, NSW Annata, NSW Arlechin, VIC Bar Liberty, VIC Bar Rochford, ACT Big Poppa’s, NSW City Wine Shop, VIC Dear Sainte Eloise, NSW Embla, VIC Hellbound, SA Poly, NSW Willing Bros Wine Merchants, TAS
Bar of the Year State ACT – High Jinks, Bar Rochford, Hippo Co., Molly NSW – The Baxter Inn, Old Mate’s Place, Fortunate Son, Duke of Clarence, Jangling Jacks NT – Hot Tamale, Snapper Rocks, Sandbar, Smoke & Oak QLD – The Gresham, Cobbler, Alba Bar & Deli, Brooklyn Standard, Savile Row SA – Memphis Slims House of Blues, Maybe Mae, Hains & Co, Bar Torino, Cry Baby TAS – Rude Boy, Gold Bar, Evolve Spirits Bar VIC – Bar Margaux, Bad Frankie, Black Pearl, Rum Diary Bar, Union Electric WA – Mechanics Institute, Foxtrot Unicorn, Neon Palms, Varnish on King
Cocktail Bar of the Year State ACT – Molly, Bar Rochford, Highball Express, High Jinks NSW – Maybe Sammy, Charlie Parker’s, PS40, The Cumberland, Apollonia, Re, Burrow Bar, Double Deuce Lounge NT – Smoke & Oak, Hot Tamale, Chow QLD – Death & Taxes, Savile Row, Maker, Cielo Rooftop SA – Maybe Mae, Hains & Co, Anchovy Bandit, Bar Torino TAS – Evolve Spirits Bar, Void Bar @ MONA, The Story Bar, Rude Boy, IXL Long Bar VIC – Byrdi, Above Board, Romeo Lane, The Everleigh, Eau de Vie Melbourne, Nick & Nora’s Melbourne WA – Neon Palms, Bar Lafayette, Foxtrot Unicorn
Covid Hero Award Proudly presented by Jägermeister COVID-19 EAD The Melbourne-based team, founded by Jason 'Jackie' Chan, have supported the hospitality community through COVID
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION Proudly presented by William Grant & Sons Natalie Ng, Door Knock