The Canvas Club’s Dan Gregory picked up the Bartender of the Year award at last night’s 2017 Australian Bar Awards.

Gregory was fresh off winning the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in Sydney over the weekend, and came third place for Bartender of the Year at last year’s event, when he worked at The Gresham.

It was a big year for Brisbane all round. West End’s Cobbler won two awards, picking up Queensland Bar of the Year and Ella Rhodes getting the nod for the Rookie Bartender of the Year.

Seymour’s Cocktails & Oysters, Jamie Webb’s Caxton Street bolthole, also did well, winning Queensland Cocktail Bar of the Year as well as the national prize for Best Bar Food. Webb picked up a third gong with Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall being named the Live Music Bar of the Year. The Gresham won the Bar Team of the Year award.

Australian Bartender Magazine’s Bar Awards are the industry’s most respected independent awards of their kind. Finalists were chosen after a round of public voting, but the overall winners were chosen by their fellow finalists.

Sydney venue The Baxter Inn won Bar of the Year for 2017.

Australian Bartender Magazine Bar Awards 2017 Winners

Bartender of the Year
Winner: Daniel Gregory
2nd Place: Jonothan Carr
3rd Place: James Irvine

Bar of the Year – State Awards:
ACT: Highball Express
NSW: The Baxter Inn
NT: Lazy Susan’s
QLD: Cobbler
SA: Hains & Co
TAS: Salamanca
VIC: The Beaufort
WA: Mechanics Institute

Cocktail Bar of the Year – State Awards:
ACT: Bar Rochford
NSW: PS40
NT: The Pearl
QLD: Seymour’s Cocktails & Oysters
SA: Maybe Mae
TAS: Robbie Brown’s
VIC: Black Pearl
WA: Dominion League

Cocktail List of the Year:
PS40, Sydney

Rookie of the Year:
Ella Rhodes, Cobbler

Live Music Bar of the Year:
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Bar Operator of the Year:
Jared Merlino, Sydney

Small Bar of the Year:
Bad Frankie, Melbourne

Wine Bar of the Year:
Embla, Melbourne

Outstanding Contribution Award:
Mike Enright (The Barber Shop)

New Bar of the Year:
Above Board, Melbourne

Hotel Bar of the Year:
Eau de Vie, Sydney

Cocktail Bar of the Year:
Black Pearl, Melbourne

Whisky Bar of the Year:
Whisky & Alement, Melbourne

Best Sustainable Bar Program:
Charlie Parker’s, Sydney

Rum Bar of the Year:
The Lobo Plantation, Sydney

Bar Team of the Year:
The Gresham, Brisbane

Bar Manager of the Year:
Dimitri Rtshiladze, Mechanics Institute

Nightclub of the Year:
The Emerson, Melbourne

Regional Bar of the Year:
Dulcie’s Cottage, Merimbula

Pub Operator of the Year:
Merivale

Best Bar Food:
Seymour’s Cocktails & Oysters, Brisbane

Training Program of the Year:
The Exchange/The Blend CCA & Beam Suntory

Brand Ambassador of the Year:
Samuel Ng, Four Pillars Gin

Restaurant Bar of the Year:
Restaurant Hubert, Sydney

Best Specialty Beer Venue:
Boilermaker House, Melbourne

New Pub of the Year:
The Dolphin, Sydney

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

Gin of the Year:
The Barber Shop, Sydney

Best Bartender’s Bar:
Big Poppa’s, Sydney

Bar of the Year:
The Baxter Inn, Sydney