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Swillhouse wins Bar Group Operator Of The Year

At the liquor industry’s night of nights, the Swillhouse Group solidified their position at the top of the Australian bar industry, taking home a slew of major awards including Best New Bar for Hubert, Bar Of The Year for The Baxter Inn, and Bar Group Operator Of The Year.

Speaking to b&c last night Swillhouse co-owner Anton Forte said it was an honour to win again.

“We’re fucking pumped. It’s seriously fucking awesome to have the support of all our other dumb cunt industry people. It’s really awesome. Just fucking rad,” he said.

James Irvine, who works across a range of the Swillhouse venues also scored Bartender of The Year.

The grand dame of the Australian bar scene Black Pearl, took home well deserved gongs for Bar Team Of The Year and Best Cocktail List.

Bar Manager Of The Year went to Cristiano Beretta for the second year running, while Applejack Hospitality scored Best Food Menu for their venue The Butler and a highly commended for Bar Group Operator Of The Year.

Other big winners on the night were Barrel Barons who took home highly commended for Best New Bar for Kittyhawk and Big Poppa’s, while Paige Aubort picked up a highly commended for Bartender of the Year and Dre Walters scored a highly commended for Bar Manager Of The Year.

Editor of TheShout, Andrew Young, commented: “ALIAs are voted for the industry, by the industry so I would like to congratulate all the finalists on their great work over the last 12 months being recognised. Obviously big congratulations as well to all the winners, it really is a tremendous achievement and recognition for a lot of great bars and a lot of hard work. There were 600 people and well over 100 companies in attendance at ALIA this year, so it is great to be able to recognise the industry and celebrate with them as well.”

On behalf of b&c, congrats to all the finalists, runners-up and winners for 2016!

 

On-Premise Awards:

 

BEST VENUE RENOVATION

WINNER: The Dolphin

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Paddington

 

BEST NEW BAR            

WINNERS: Restaurant Hubert

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Big Poppa’s; Kittyhawk

 

BEST FOOD MENU      

WINNER: The Butler

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Paddington

 

BAR MANAGER OF THE YEAR            

WINNER: Cristiano Beretta

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dre Walters

 

BAR TEAM OF THE YEAR      

WINNER: Black Pearl

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Baxter Inn

 

BEST BEER LIST          

WINNER: The Local Taphouse

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Beer DeLuxe

 

BEST WINE LIST          

WINNER: Bar Brosé

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Winery

 

BEST COCKTAIL LIST               

WINNER: Black Pearl

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bulletin Place

 

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR  

WINNER: James Irvine

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Paige Aubort

 

BAR OF THE YEAR     

WINNER: The Baxter Inn

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Black Pearl

 

BAR GROUP OPERATOR OF THE YEAR         

WINNER: The Swillhouse Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Applejack Hospitality

 

ON-PREMISE LIQUOR SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR        

WINNER: Diageo

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vanguard Luxury Brands

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