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.
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.
Martin Lange, who you may know from Brisbane bar, Cobbler, has opened Savile Row with business partners Trent Goodwin and Kahn Mills. They're stocking the bar well, with some 900 bottles on the back bar. Stairs take customers up and around the bar, to booth seating and spaces for couples, all of which look down on the bar below.
UK bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana has revealed plans to open a restaurant on the ground floor of the old White Lyan space, called Cub.
Perth bar operator Andy Freeman — the guy behind the award-winning Perth whiskey bar Varnish on King and The Flour Factory — is opening the new Perth CBD tequila bar, Caballitos in July.
There’s a little touch of tiki to be found in Brisbane drinking district, Fortitude Valley. Head down into Heya Bar, and you’ll find a bar within a bar called Tiki Tiki Gai.
Madame Shanghai is the newest addition to the Lotus Dining Group, and it's one with a big emphasis on the bar program, group bar operations manager Kate McGraw tells us.
New Brisbane bar Saville Row is due to open next week, and it is the first outing in Fortitude Valley for Cobbler’s Martin Lange.