Each year for two days in September, bartenders from around the country come to Sydney to take on the toughest test of bartending ability going around: the Australian Bartender Bartender of the Year, sponsored again this year by BACARDÍ & De Kuyper.
The team behind Sydney’s Maybe Frank, which this year took out the title of 2018 Restaurant Bar of the Year at the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, have got a new cocktail bar on the way: Maybe Sammy.
DMBA 2018 is in its third year and pays tribute to the bars, bartenders and brands doing great things across China and beyond.
It’s been a few years in the making, but this Saturday Sydney will have finally have its own Employees Only.
“We came in, we broke ground, and 74 days later our doors were open,” says co-owner and bartender Steve Schneider. “That’s unheard of — and we came in under budget.”
“After 11 fantastic years it’s time to put my feet up,” says Melbourne bar owner Lisa Kelly. “18o6 is on the lookout for a new owner.”
The Black Velvet cocktail has the very highest of origins. Its creation is attributed to the bartender on duty at the Brooks’s Club in London in 1861, the day after Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert died.
To celebrate the fifth birthday of Papa Gede’s Bar they’ve just released their latest menu — and it’s a best-practice example of a fun-drinking cocktail list.
The ownership trio of Gabrielle and Andres Walters and Daniel Noble hold some top-flight hospo pedigree: you may know Andres from his work at The Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk, and from the barware supply company he owns with Gabrielle, BarGeek; Daniel Noble you’ll know from many bartending competitions and his time at Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern and most recently, Jangling Jack’s.
Former Cobbler bartender, Brittany Rowe, talks to Sam Bygrave about making the move from Brisbane to Sydney and taking up residence at Sydney rooftop bar du jour, Old Mate’s Place.