Swillhouse cleans up at ALIA

14 October, 2016 by TheShout

By Stefanie Collins, editor b&c

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.

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Their haul included winning Best New Bar for Hubert, Bar Of The Year for The Baxter Inn, and Bar Group Operator Of The Year.

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

"We're pumped. It's fucking awesome to have the support of all our other industry people. It's really awesome. Just 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.

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