“2020 was certainly a year that we will never forget, however amidst all the confusion and uncertainty there were definitely some bright spots and memorable moments. We wanted to take a look back and choose to celebrate the triumph of our industries spirit in the face of such adversity.” The Exchange team
Lucille Rose-Hopkins, Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador, takes a deep dive into the man behind the name, and the legacy of his “all in” lifestyle as we approach the 110th birthday of the Sailor Jerry himself.
“If I could have a drink with someone (alive or dead) It would be Harry Craddock. The first cocktail book I read was his ‘Savoy Cocktail Book’ and I have looked up to him ever since. I relate to him quite often, as he too was a Hotel Bartender.”
“Sadly, The Bowery mixed its last cocktail on January 26, 2020 but will never be forgotten. Stephanie Canfell and Cam Birt’s baby came to life back in late 2003 and would become one of the most important bars not just for Brisbane’s drinking scene but Australia’s as well.” – Dan Gregory
This year, The Blend is celebrating WORLD BARTENDER DAY a little differently…with a gift just for YOU! Everyone is invited to be part of the WORLD BARTENDER DAY festivities by raising a glass together; virtually, of course. Don’t worry, the glass will be provided (liquid included *hold for applause*).
“If you are one of the glut of people making drinks in those stupid glass birds where you suck the drink out of its butt, shame on you. I feel for the poor bar back that has to get into the beak with a pipe cleaner each and every time someone orders a ‘Paper Crane’”- @howdoidrinkthis
Melbourne is now home to the largest licensed venue its CBD has ever seen. This ‘supervenue’ known as Ballers Clubhouse spans 2500sqm and is a bar, eatery, social club, and games hub in one.
“I love the bar industry. Honestly I’ve just gotten to meet some really fantastic people and everyone I’ve worked with have been phenomenal. I met a lot of people that are now a big part of my life from a variety of different backgrounds. I love that.” Jacob North, Burrow Bar
Hitting the ground running in 2021, Josh Davies was not discouraged by the tightening restrictions upon his arrival in Sydney – moving from Melbourne no less! The new NSW Brand Ambassador for The Exchange says “working in the industry abroad and now back home has made me realise that no matter where you are or where you work in the world, there will be some form of 6 degree of separation with a bartender somewhere…”
Local Manly operator Matt Clifton says: “Market Lane Live is our way of showing support to those hardest hit, by invigorating our streets and inviting visitors back to Manly to enjoy what we have all missed; good food, local tipples, and some great local music”.
GUM is a brand new ‘tiny pub’ on Collingwood’s main drag on Johnston Street, serving up ice cold draught beer, hot pies and nostalgic 1970s style cocktails in a swish 70s themed small bar environment.
World Class Studios kicks off next week with an all star line-up. Hosted by Krystal Hart, she’ll be joined by Trash Tiki founder Kelsey Ramage @kelseyramage, Belle’s Hot Chicken mastermind Morgy McGlone @morgygalinha, plus World Class winners Kaitlyn Stewart @k8os and Orlando Marzo @orlandomarzo.