Idiot Savant is back at Sydney Bar Week – bigger and better than ever!

The team behind Idiot Savant (Charlie Lehmann & Alice Newport) know that things can seem a little Sydney-centric sometimes, so they’re giving everyone in every state the opportunity to call their humans out, share the best Kooks, and celebrate all things Idiot Savant.

From June 8th to July 7th, state-by-state voting will be open to identify the best Idiot Savants from around Australia.

The entries with the most nominations in each state will make the National Idiot Savant Finals, which will be hosted at Sydney Bar Week in September. Voting for the finalists will be live from July 14th to August 11th.

Alice Newport presenting 2023 prizes

Charlie and Alice have worked hard to make sure this year’s event is inclusive of the whole country and that they shine a light on the amazing venues and absolute ridiculousness around the country. “We’re working with people in each city to make sure everyone knows they’re part of Idiot Savant,” says Lehman. They’ve bought Jess Arnott (WA), Josh Nicholson (VIC), Marnie Bugeja (QLD), Rohan Massie (TAS), Anneliese Grazioli (NT), Sean Howard (SA) and Stu Inger (ACT) to champion the awards in each state and territory.

True to the pair behind the awards, and in total Idiot Savant style, they’ll be hosting a huge party as part of Sydney Bar Week on Sunday, September 8th, from 9pm to late — first in, best dressed on the day.

Epic Sydney Bar Week event – Idiot Savant 2023

As always, the Idiot Savant 2024 Awards will be about the fun times, with drink specials, rude chat, and a stripped-back awards ceremony.


Follow the Idiot Savant Instagram @idiotsavantawards and keep an eye out for updates on your local Bartender Exchanges.

This year’s categories are:

Legend Hall of Fame

In honour of Gregor De Gruyther, this award shines a light on an absolute legend and leader of the industry.

Most Ruckus Bar

The venue where the party can’t escape you. The ultimate dangerzone.

Life of the Party/ Most Dangerous

The human version of the most Ruckus Bar.

Eighty Six Award

No more for you. Have a break. Have a Kit Kat.


Send in your videos, you damn Kook.

Best Bar Back

Everything goes full circle.

Worst Social Media

#youreboringme #clarifiedmilkpunch

Best Toilets

Send photos (of the toilets, not the activities)

Party of the Year


Kevan Stove Top Biggest Dummy Spit

Always say sober what you said you’d say when you were drunk. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut.

State voting open from June 8th – July 7th

Finals National Voting from July 14th – August 11th




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NT –

For further details, please contact Charlie Lehmann or Alice Newport at

The Idiot Savant 2024 is part of the Sydney Bar Week line-up, which will be held from September 7 to 11, 2024. Head to for all the latest updates, and follow us on socials @sydneybarweek or @australianbartender.