Australian Bar Awards 2014 Winners

Last night, the Australian Bar Awards for 2014 were held at Doltone House with more than 500 bar industry professionals in attendance. Presented by Australian Bartender Magazine for the 14th year, the industry event also featured the top 8 finalists of Bartender of the Year competing on stage.

Australian Bar Awards 2014 Winners
Nathan Beasley, Bartender of the Year 2014

Nathan Beasley of The Black Pearl in Melbourne took out the title of Bartender of the Year 2014 followed in second place by Samuel Ng of The Black Pearl and Jo Sinagra from Bobeche, WA in third place.

Australian Bar Awards 2014 Winners
Best Bar Food Selection Award Winner Statler & Waldorf, Brisbane Sponsored by Gourmantic (L: Corinne Mossati, R: Kevin Burke)

It was a special night for Gourmantic as proud sponsors and presenters of the Best Bar Food Selection award which was won by Statler & Waldorf, Brisbane.

Below is the list of winners in the order they were presented:

Pub of the Year State Awards:
ACT : Civic Bar; NSW: Watsons Bay Hotel; NT: The Deck Bar, Darwin; QLD: Statler & Waldorf; TAS: The New Sydney Hotel; VIC: Baden Powell; WA: Brisbane Hotel; SA: The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide

Bar of the Year State Awards:
ACT: Hippo Co; NSW: The Baxter Inn; NT: Chow; QLD: Papa Jack’s; SA: Udaberri; TAS: Amor Bar; VIC: The Rum Diaries Bar; WA: Varnish on King

Cocktail Bar of the Year State Awards
ACT: Polit Bar; NSW: Bulletin Place; QLD: The Gresham; SA: Clever Little Tailor; TAS: IXL Long Bar; VIC: Black Pearl; WA:  Mechanics Institute

Best Bartenders’ Bar: Hello Sailor, Sydney
Rookie of the Year: Edward Quatermass, Papa Jacks Brisbane
Best Specialty Beer Venue: The Local Taphouse, Sydney
Bar Manager of the Year: Jason Williams, Keystone Group
Best Regional Bar: Miss Moneypenny
Pub Operator of the Year: Fraser Short
Small Bar of the Year: Varnish on King, Perth
Bar Operator of the Year: Barrelhouse Group, Sydney (with The Barber Shop)
Wine Bar of the Year: The Winery
Bar Team of the Year: Eau de Vie, Melbourne
Cocktail Bar of the Year: Bulletin Place, Sydney
New Pub of the Year: Oxford Tavern, Sydney
New Bar of the Year: Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane
Best Bar Food Selection: Statler & Waldorf, Brisbane (Presented and Sponsored by Gourmantic)
Training Program of the Year: Maison, Pernod Ricard
Brand Ambassador of the Year: Justin Strzadala
Outstanding Contribution: John Duncan, Keystone Group
Cocktail List of the Year: Bar Americano, Melbourne
Nightclub of the Year: The Emerson, Melbourne
Pub of the Year: Hotel Marlborough, Sydney
Bar of the Year: The Baxter Inn

Bartender of the Year:
1st Place: Nathan Beasley
2nd Place: Samuel Ng
3rd Place: Joe Sinagra

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.

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