Hains & Co won South Australian Bar of the Year at last night’s Australian Bar Awards.
Maybe Mae collected the prize for South Australian Cocktail Bar of the Year, sharing the state awards with Melbourne’s Black Pearl. The two bars had teamed up to present a one-night-only special event back in April 2016.
Australian Bartender Magazine’s Bar Awards are considered the most respected independently run awards in the industry, because the winning bars or bartenders are chosen by their fellow finalists.
Daniel Gregory from Brisbane bar Canvas won Bartender of the Year, with New South Wales’ Jonothan Carr (Kittyhawk) and James Irvine (Swillhouse) in second and third place respectively.
Sydney bars collected the gongs for both new awards this year, with Paddington’s Charlie Parker’s taking out the inaugural award for Best Sustainable Bar Program and Restaurant Hubert picking up Restaurant Bar of the Year.