Two Sydneysiders, Sam Kennis and Darren Barber left the Sydney bar scene and teamed up with Grant Buckham in far north Queensland. They did what no one before them has ever done in that city. They opened a small cocktail bar.
Australian Bartender's 200 issues have seen a lot of great bars come and go, while some — like long-lived bars Gin Palace, The Bowery, and Black Pearl — are still going strong today. Here, we take a brief rundown on the most influential bars of the last 200 issues.
Here, managers Nathan Beasley and Chris Hysted-Adams share their stories about Black Pearl, and the three things that make Black Pearl what it is: the family dynamic, staff empowerment, and building community.
The Whiskey Roadshow is your chance to take whiskies from all over the world for a spin. Whether it’s bourbons and ryes from the USA, Scottish single malts, rare Japanese whiskies or homegrown Australian belters, the Whiskey Roadshow is a journey throughout the world of this great spirit.
It's the competition that takes the best bar backs from around the country and pits them against one another to see who is the best of them all.
Earlier this year, Patrón Tequila embarked on a pursuit of perfection for the search of Australia’s Patrón Perfectionist for 2017. Attracting admissions for an exceptionally high calibre of venues, the top 18 entries that have been selected by Patrón will shake it out at their respective regional heats in order to progress to the National Finals.
If you like supporting small brands and uncovering little known gems then the Indie Spirits Tasting is tailor-made for you. The folks from La Cantina are showcasing their Del Professore range of vermouths and gins which are a collaboration between famous distiller Carlos Quaglia and the Jerry Thomas Project.
At the workshop, bartenders will taste through a number of Lesley’s experiments and innovations with a number of liquids never before tasted, let alone in Australia.
Chef Andy Ricker (of the USA's Pok Pok restaurants) and Long Chim's James Connolly share their tips on how to use vinegar in drinks.