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.
New Sydney bar The Duke of Clarence will open iin the alleyway where you find The Barber Shop and The Baxter Inn - here's what to expect.
The list at new Geelong bar The 18th Amendment features a Hall of Fame section, in which they highlight some modern classic recipes from influential bartenders of the last two decades — Audrey Saunders' Old Cuban and Dale DeGroff's Anejo Highball are just two examples from the opening list.
Melbourne bar The Everleigh undergone a major revamp of the interior of the bar, which, whilst maintaining the elegant feel to the place, has now made the bar more appealing to those who want to sit right in the middle of the action.
"We're absolutely ecstatic winning an award in a category like this!" says Black Pearl's Chris Hysted-Adams, who was in New Orleans with fellow Black Pearl bartender Nathan Beasley.
The Gresham, two-time winning Bar of the Year at the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards, is creating a bar within its walls called The Drawing Room.
We’re driving single file, the five of us, up and down the sand hills in the desert 15 minutes outside of Las Vegas, the only thing separating us from injury is the battered and beaten roll cage of the dune buggies were throttling, trying to keep pace with our guide. Above us, a clear blue sky lets the sun in, burning up the ground below us; in the distance, the hotels and towers of the Las Vegas Strip stretch into the sky. We hit one steep dune, and Joey — it’s always Joey — launches his buggy into the air, diving out of sight behind the sand...