Australian Bar Awards 2013 Winners

The 13th annual Australian Bar Awards presented by Australian Bartender Magazine were held last night at Doltone House with more than 500 bar industry professionals in attendance.

Sean Chow
Sean Chow, Bartender of the Year 2013

Stu Gregor MC’d the event which was interspersed with the top 10 finalists of the Bartender Magazine Bartender of the Year Competition held live on stage between awards. Sean Chow of The Gresham Bar, Brisbane took out the title of Bartender of the Year 2013 followed in second place by Ben Blair of The Corner House and Cristiano Beretta from The Rook in third place.

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

Pub of the Year State Awards:
ACT : Zierholz, Canberra; NSW: Forresters, Sydney; NT: Wisdom Bar & Cafe, Darwin; QLD: Alfred & Constance; SA: The Wheatsheaf; TAS: Royal Oak Hotel; WA: Brisbane Hotel;

Bar of the Year State Awards:

ACT: Treehouse Bar; NSW: Baxter Inn; NT: The Deck bar; QLD: Super Whatnot; SA: Udaberri; TAS: Amor Bar; VIC: Lily Blacks; WA: Mechanics Institute

Cocktail Bar of the Year State Awards
ACT: Kremliin Bar; NSW: Bulletin Place; QLD: The Bowery; SA: Cushdy; TAS: Amor Bar; VIC: 1806; WA:  Luxe Bar

Best Bartenders’ Bar: Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
Rookie of the Year: Daniel Warren, 1806
Best Specialty Beer Venue: Local Taphouse Darlinghurst, Sydney
New Bar of the Year: Mojo Record Bar, Sydney
Best Regional Bar: Heritage Bar Townsville, QLD
Bar Manager of the Year: Mark Patterson The Brisbane Hotel, QLD
Small Bar of the Year: Vasco Sydney
Bar Operator of the Year: Swillhouse Group
Wine Bar of the Year: Cabiria, Brisbane
Bar Team of the Year: Baxter Inn, Sydney
Cocktail Bar of the Year National: Bulletin Place, Sydney
New Pub of the Year: Alfred & Constance, Brisbane
Pub Operator of the Year: The Keystone Group
Best Bar Food Selection: Public, Brisbane
Training Program of the Year: Club Suntory
Brand Ambassador of the Year: Ben Davidson, Pernod-Ricard
Outstanding Contribution: Fraser Short.
Cocktail List of the Year: Eau de Vie, Melbourne
Nightclub of the Year: Marquee, Sydney
Pub of the Year National: The Forresters, Sydney
Bar of the Year National: The Baxter Inn, Sydney

Bartender of the Year:
1st Place, Sean Chow, The Gresham Bar, Brisbane
2nd Place: Ben Blair, The Corner House
3rd Place, Cristiano Beretta, The Rook

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.