Summer officially begins next week, on Friday December 1st, and that means sun, beaches, and if you're lucky, some proper tiki action. In fact, if you're in Sydney's CBD, you'll definitely be getting some tikiness in your cup when new Sydney tiki popup, Lost Luau opens on Friday.
Beneath Driver Lane is a new Melbourne bar that's just opened from Hamish Goonetilleke, the guy behind Fitzroy’s Rum Diary Bar and Rum Diary Spiced Rum.
New Sydney bar, Door Knock, opens to the public on Friday this week, and we've got a look at their first cocktail list.
How does a bar make the World’s 50 Best Bars list? What makes a bar a world-beater? During Sydney Bar Week, this was the topic up for discussion at the Business of Bars Conference at The Whisky Room at The Clock Hotel. On the panel were some heavy hitters: Luke Whearty, from Operation Dagger, Chris Hysted-Adams from Black Pearl, Jason Williams from Proof & Company and 28 Hong Kong Street, and Jason Scott from Swillhouse — all of whom are from bars on the World’s 50 Best list — along with award-winners Mike Enright from The Barber Shop, Jeremy Shipley from Solotel, and Hayley Morison from Beam-Suntory.
They've taken their punk anti-waste popup on tour around the globe, and now Trash Tiki will popup at Sydney's Ramblin' Rascal Tavern in December.
This year, Perth bar Helvetica took out not one but two titles, winning the Small Bar of the Year - Critics' Choice award, and the Small Bar of the Year - People's Choice award.
There's a lot still to come at Park House Food & Liquor, the new venue that stands where the old Mona Vale Hotel once did, but the first stage has been unveiled and it's looking good.
Whirly Bird comes from Anthony Prior, formerly of The Keystone Group, and it's an upbeat place where the chicken is full of flavour, the drinks are considered, and it doesn't take itself too seriously.
The Waterside Hotel in Melbourne is one of those classic Australian pubs with a long history — it first opened as the Mercantile in 1853 — and it has been given a new lease on life with new owners the Sand Hill Road group.
Savile Row: the latest bar from Martin Lange is fighting the good fight in Fortitude Valley.