From bar closures to a raft of new openings, award winners and the spirit of the summer (we reckon it could be mezcal): here are the biggest news stories of 2013 — as read by you!
After a huge number of entries, island2island have narrowed it down to the top six competitors in each state, and we’ve got them listed here. And just to remind you about what’s at stake for this comp, the team at Angostura and island2island have got a whopping $10,000 in cash money and a trip to sunny Trinidad for the winner of the national final.
We hope you’ve been getting your study on for the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year sponsored by ABSOLUT ELYX and Havana Club, because this year’s prize for first place will be one to remember.
Since the end of voting in May, Bartender HQ has been buzzing – working tirelessly to thin down what was a jam-packed selection of venues, owners and bartenders. It’s finally done and the results are presented below. From what we can see they are the best and brightest of the Australian bar industry, drawn from a seriously talented pool who work tirelessly to keep their cities and towns at the forefront of fun
Fancy yourself as a bit of a boozy bookworm? Are you a mixological mastermind? Well, you can put yourself to the test and see just why the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year sponsored by ABSOLUT ELYX and Havana Club is the toughest and most prestigious bartending competition in the country — heck, you’d be hard pressed to find a tougher test of bartending anywhere in the world.
Over the past few months two prominent Melbourne bars have reached noteworthy milestones and I wanted to take a few minutes to congratulate them on their achievements. First up ,we see one of Australia’s founding modern-day cocktail bars, The Gin Palace, celebrate an amazing 15 years of operation. Most people should be well aware of this Melbourne institution and the man behind it Mr. Vernon Chalker.