Why you should give a damn about natural wine

We talked to Giorgio de Maria, who owns Sydney’s 121BC Cantina and Enoteca and is one of the organisers for the 100 per cent volunteer-based, not-for-profit celebration of all things boozy and sustainable, Rootstock Sydney.

Sydney picks up a new Cuban

Billed as authentic Cuban food, drink, and music, El Cubano is set to open their doors in time for a festive February, at 13-15 Kellett Way, Kings Cross.

A New York state of mind: Nieuw Amsterdam

Owner Michael Roszbach (ex-Cookie) has drawn on his Dutch heritage for Nieuw Amsterdam, which is being described as a New York-style bar and eatery.

Picture marble bartops, glitzy gold art deco designs and dark wooden panelling and you can see the New York emphasis, which takes it a long way from the site which once housed an Irish bar called Puggs Mahones.

Read excerpts from The Eau de Vie cocktail book

With leading bars in both Melbourne and Sydney, the guys from Eau de Vie certainly know a thing or two about cocktails. You can now get your hands on a bit of that knowledge by way of their new cocktail book, Shaken & Stirred, Flamed & Thrown: Cocktails Done the Eau de Vie Way.

Could this be The Best Drink In The World?

Owner and bartender Collin Perillo (ex-Milk & Honey London, The Roosevelt, Mahiki), chef and owner Tim Dengate and owner/barista/bartender Aidan Morrison opened this little bit of food and drink paradise in Randwick just a few days before Christmas, and decided to open on Christmas Day because, well, they’d just opened and they wanted to play with their new toy.

Simon Ford on what he’s learned

What’s it like to start your own spirits company, and travel the globe spreading the word? Simon Ford knows what it’s like. Ford has been in Melbourne last week and is in Sydney this week to show bartenders his 86 Spirits Co range. We chatted to him about what the past year has been like, and about getting behind the bar at some of the country’s top bars for rockstar shifts during his visit.

These new syrups can save you time and money

Barman’s Choice is an exciting innovation in the bar industry, made by bartenders for bartenders. The bottles feature an exclusive “pop-up” pourer, which means that simply opening this product releases a curved spout pourer, exclusive to Barman’s Choice.

Shaun Pattinson to open new ‘juke joint’

Shaun Pattinson, former owner and bartender of influential and award-winning Adelaide bar, Cushdy, is getting back behind the stick just in time for Adelaide’s Fringe festival. when he opens a popup bar called Roses & Rye.