Australian Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2015

Australian Bartender Magazine presented the Australian Bar Awards for 2015 last night at Doltone House with more than 500 bar industry professionals in attendance. Running for the 15th year, the awards were interspersed with the top 8 finalists of Bartender of the Year competing on stage.

Australian Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2015
L-R: Jenna Hemsworth, Lee Potter Cavanagh, Lewis Halls

The Gresham in Brisbane took out Bar of the Year while Lee Potter Cavanagh was named Bartender of the Year for 2015.

Here is the full list of the winners of Australian Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2015:

Pub of the Year State Awards:
ACT: Benstpoke
NSW: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
NT: The Deck Bar
QLD: Statler & Waldorf
SA: The Wheatsheaf
TAS: The New Sydney Hotel
VIC: The Rochester
WA: The Brisbane Hotel

Bar of the Year State Awards:
ACT: Akiba
NSW: The Barber Shop
NT: Chow
QLD: The Gresham
SA: Hains & Co.
TAS: Ash & Besters
VIC: Bad Frankie
WA: Enrique’s

Cocktail Bar of the Year State Awards:
ACT: Molly
NSW: Bulletin Place
NT: The Deck Bar
QLD: The Bowery
SA: Maybe Mae
TAS: IXL Long Bar
VIC: Black Pearl
WA: Dominion League

New Pub of the Year:
Coogee Pavilion, Sydney

Rookie of the Year:
Will Sleeman, The Black Pearl

Best Specialty Beer Venue:
Frankie’s by the Slice, Sydney

Cocktail List of the Year:
The Lobo Plantation, Sydney

Bar Operator of the Year:
Swillhouse Group NSW

Bar Manager of the Year:
Petr Dvoracek, The Barber Shop, Sydney

Small Bar of the Year:
Mechanics Institute Perth

Regional Bar of the Year:
Pocket Bar Terrigal

Wine Bar of the Year:
Coppa Spuntino Brisbane

Bar Team of the Year:
Ramblin’ Rascals Tavern

Cocktail Bar of the Year:
Bulletin Place, Sydney

Best Bartenders Bar:
Black Pearl Melbourne

Pub Operator of the Year:

Best Bar Food:
Varnish on King, Perth

Training Program of the Year:
The Exchange

Brand Ambassador of the Year:
Sean Forsyth, Bacardi

Outstanding Contribution:
Mr Andy Freeman

New Bar of the Year:
Boilermaker House, Melbourne

Best Live Music Bar:
Brooklyn Standard Brisbane

Nightclub of the Year:
The Emerson, Melbourne

Pub of the Year:
Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney

Bar of the Year:
The Gresham, Brisbane

Bartender of the Year:
1st Place: Lee Potter Cavanagh
2nd Place: Jenna Hemsworth
3rd Place: Lewis Halls

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Australian Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2015 was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.