Australian Bar Awards

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Last night 600 of Australia’s finest saloon owners, boozeslingers and barkeeps donned their best threads and congratulated themselves on another fine year for the bar industry. As a key part of the Sydney BarShow Week line-up and with a new waterside location at Doltone House, the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards proved once again that it is the highlight of the bar industry calendar.
With Sydney And Melbourne still battling it out for the mantle of ‘Best Bar Town’, it seems that Sydney has come up trumps this year, scooping a bunch of awards.
Melbourne attendees still left the awards night with their heads held high. Josie Bones was recognised for its top notch beer selection while Match Bar was awarded the prestigious title of Bar of the Year.
Geoff Hayward, Perth’s publican extraordinaire, made an eloquent speech when accepting the Outstanding Contribution award. The crowd were also on their feet when Tim Philips took out the Bartender of the Year title and made the speech of the night.
Aside from all the wonderful silverware, the beautiful weather and superb location made it a perfect night for some serious celebrating.
Presented by Australian Bartender magazine, the Bar Awards has been described as the ‘Oscars of the bar industry’. The national awards are now in their 11th year and recognise excellence and innovation in bars, hospitality, drinks and hotels across Australia.
See full list of the winners below.
Click here to see a full list of the finalists.


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