Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2016

The Australian Bar Awards for 2016 were held last night at Doltone House with over 600 bar industry professionals in attendance. Presented by Australian Bartender Magazine for the 16th year, the awards ceremony was interspersed with the top 8 finalists of Bartender of the Year competing on stage.

Bar Awards 2016
L-R: Paul Hammond, Michael Chiem, Dan Gregory

The Gresham in Brisbane took out Bar of the Year while Michael Chiem of PS40 in Sydney was named Bartender of the Year for 2016.

Here is the full list of the winners of Australian Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2016:

Bartender of the Year
Winner: Michael Chiem, PS40, Sydney
2nd Place: Paul Hammond, Bulletin Place, Sydney
3rd Place: Dan Gregory, The Gresham, Brisbane

Bar Operator of the Year:
Swillhouse

Pub Operator of the Year:
Merivale

Best Bartenders’ Bar:
Heartbreaker, Melbourne

Best Specialty Beer Venue:
Petition Beer Corner, Perth

Bar Manager of the Year:
Toby Hilton, Swillhouse, Sydney

Best Bar Food:
Dead Ringer, Sydney

Bar of the Year:
The Gresham, Brisbane

The Phil Bayly Award for Tequila Bar of the Year:
Tio’s Cerveceria, Sydney

Best Gin Bar:
The Barber Shop, Sydney

Best Whisky Bar:
Boilermaker House, Melbourne

Best Rum Bar:
The Lobo Plantation, Sydney

Pub of the Year:
Coogee Pavilion, Sydney

New Pub of the Year:
Hotel Palisade, Sydney

Rookie of the Year:
Dale Schoon, Earl’s Juke Joint

New Bar of the Year:
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney

Small Bar of the Year:
Cobbler, Brisbane

Regional Bar of the Year:
Coal & Cedar, Newcastle

Nightclub of the Year:
Family, Brisbane

Bar Team of the Year:
Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern, Sydney

Cocktail Bar of the Year:
Bulletin Place, Sydney

Cocktail List of the Year:
Eau de Vie Melbourne

Best Live Music Bar:
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Wine Bar of the Year:
Bar Liberty, Melbourne

Hotel Bar of the Year:
Grain, Sydney

Training Program of the Year:
The Blend by Beam Suntory

Brand Ambassador of the Year:
Richard Blanchard, William Grant & Sons

Outstanding Contribution:
Tash Conte, Black Pearl

Cocktail Bar of the Year – State Awards:
ACT: Molly, Canberra
NSW: Bulletin Place, Sydney
NT: Chow, Darwin
QLD: The Bowery
SA: Maybe Mae, Adelaide
TAS: IXL Long Bar, Hobart
VIC: Black Pearl, Melbourne
WA: The Dominion League, Perth

Bar of the Year – State Awards:
ACT: Hippo Co, Canberra
NSW: The Baxter Inn, Sydney
NT: Hot Tamale, Darwin
QLD: The Gresham, Brisbane
SA: Hains & Co, Adelaide
TAS: Robbie Brown’s, Hobart
VIC: Heartbreaker, Melbourne
WA: Varnish on King, Perth

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Bar Awards & Bartender of the Year 2016 was last modified: December 1st, 2016 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.