Cast your vote in the 2020 Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards

It’s that time of year, folks: voting in the 20th annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards is open now, and closes at 11:59pm AEST May 19 2020.

It’s time to check your Instagram check-ins and search your memory for the best bars, bartenders and bar operators who have impressed you over the last year.

The Bar Awards is the premiere night of nights for the Australian bar industry, and we will hold a slightly scaled down event (due to coronavirus crisis) on Tuesday 27 October at The Beresford Upstairs.

It’s the night when bartenders, operators, owners and the trade come from right around the country to gather in Sydney and celebrate the best of the industry over the last year.

How the voting works

This year, as always, the finalists in each category will be determined by the bar industry’s vote. Only those who work in bars and for brands may vote.

In the voting form below, for some categories we have pre-poulated venue names in a dropdown list for each award. If the venue you wish to vote for is not in the dropdown list, please specify in the box below the dropdown. (The pre-populated names are no indication of quality; they have been drawn from previous years’ voting in these categories.)

You must vote in every category marked with an asterisk for your vote to count.

The finalists will be announced in the June issue of Australian Bartender and online here at

The top 10 finalists in each of the categories will then be reviewed and voted on by their peers — that is, the other finalists — to determine the winners in each category.

How does this work? Once the finalists have been announced in the June issue of the magazine, we’ll be in touch with all finalists to ask them to rank the bars and operators in the next round of voting. In this round sponsors will also cast another vote.

The winners in each category will be awarded at the Australian bar industry’s night of nights, the Bar Awards, at Doltone House in Sydney during Sydney Bar Week.

Voting is open now until 11:59pm AEST on May 19 2020. Voting is open to bar industry professionals only (so no, the general public doesn’t get a vote) and you can have your say right now.

Voting works best on a desktop or laptop.