We love up-and-coming bartenders. Tell us your favourite Rookie & vote now in the Bar Awards!

2021 Rookie of the Year Grace Rawlins from Memphis Slims in Adelaide

Have you cast your vote yet for the best Rookie Bartender in the industry?

Voting in the Bar Awards is now open!

This is the award that recognises the up and coming bartenders in the industry. They must have worked as a bartender for either less than two years come June 1 2022, OR be aged 23 and under by June 1 2022.

2021 Rookie of the Year winner Grace Rawlins from Memphis Slims House of Blues said of winning this award:

“When I got nominated I literally did a happy dance – I was so happy I’d accomplished that! Going into awards night I was freaking out but I was like, if I don’t win I don’t win, at least I got nominated. So, when I won there was a moment where yeah, I cried – happy cried! All the team was really supportive … It means to me that I am on the right track to doing what I want to do in my career in hospitality. I worked hard for it, I’m going to stay working hard and see what I’ve got.”

So who will take out the prize in 2022? Who is Australia’s favourite Rookie?  These are your awards, so cast your vote and have your say in the Rookie of the Year 2022 proudly sponsored by The Blend by Beam Suntory. Voting closes 31 May.


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