First to the bar

27 August, 2008
  • And the winners are...

    Charles Ainsbury of the Bayswater Brasserie in Sydney has been named Australia's Bartender of the Year, in the seventh annual bar awards .

    Bar of the Year is the Golden Monkey in Melbourne (pictured), while Cocktail Bar of the Year is Murmur, also in Melbourne.

    Maxxium Australia's Jason Crawley was Brand Ambassador of the Year and Bar Manager of the Year is Mathew Hewitt of the Bowery in Brisbane. The winners were chosen from 3,000 nominations, according to David Spanton of Australian Bartender magazine. For full results visit the site or contact
  • Come the revolution

    Situated in the City of London's Leadenhall Street, the new 1,000 capacity Revolution bar/restaurant and club covers three floors of the Sir Edward Lutyens-designed former Midland Bank building. It cost the Leisure Group 3 million to redevelop.

    The club's booths are sponsored by vodka brands Flagship, Stolichnaya, Absolut and Zubrowka. A converted strong room, complete with original safe deposit boxes and vault door, is now a private meeting room, dining room and bar, sponsored by U'Luvka.

    Revolution boasts over 100 different vodkas and the 60-foot long Lutyens bar is claimed to be the longest in the City of London.