The 2023 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) are fast approaching, and the finalists in the hotly-contested on-premise awards can now be revealed.

The ALIAs are voted by the industry, for the industry and this year’s first round of voting, which is open to the industry as a whole, saw a record number of votes. Those votes have now been compiled and we have the finalists in the on-premise categories.

These finalists will now go to ALIA’s extensive panel of judges from all sectors of Australia’s liquor industry. Full details on the voting and judging process are available on the ALIA website.

The judges will now vote for their top three in each of the categories, to ascertain the ALIA winners. These votes will then be audited by Quantaco, with the winners revealed at this year’s awards, taking place at The Star Event Centre on Wednesday, 25 October.

ALIA is the night of nights for Australia’s liquor industry, so make sure you are there and BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW.

Congratulations to all this year’s finalists, and good luck, we look forward to seeing you in October.

Best New Venue or Concept

  • Brook Hotel, Mitchelton, QLD
  • Le Foote, Sydney, NSW
  • Odd Culture Fitzroy, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Plough & Ale, Calderwood, NSW
  • Prince Consort Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
  • Saint Hotel, St Kilda, VIC
  • The Abercrombie, Sydney, NSW
  • The Beaufort, Highgate, WA
  • The Doonan, Doonan, QLD
  • Victoria Park Hotel, Victoria Park, WA
  • Woolly Bay Hotel, Woolloomooloo, NSW

Best New Bar

  • Ruby My Dear, Brisbane, QLD
  • Bar Bellamy, Melbourne, VIC
  • One or Two, Melbourne, VIC
  • El Primo Sanchez, Sydney, NSW
  • Enmore Country Club, Sydney, NSW
  • Eau De Vie, Sydney, NSW
  • Moku, Sydney, NSW
  • Copacabana Club, Brisbane, QLD
  • The Shaking Hand, Canberra, ACT
  • Mae Mabel, Wollongong, NSW
  • Fossey’s Lygon, Melbourne, VIC
  • Maggie May, Newstead, QLD

Best Sports Venue

  • Bella Vista Hotel, Sydney, NSW
  • College Lawn Hotel, Prahran, VIC
  • East Village Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
  • Fat Angel Sports Bar, Brisbane, QLD
  • Fat Freddy’s, Gold Coast, QLD
  • Settlers Inn, Port Macquaire, NSW
  • The Highway, Adelaide, SA
  • The Locker Room, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
  • The Sporting Globe, Richmond, VIC
  • Warradale Hotel, Warradale, SA

Best Gaming Venue

  • Woodville Hotel, Woodville South, SA
  • Seaview Hotel, Townsville, QLD
  • Epping Hotel, Epping, VIC
  • Fairfield Hotel, Fairfield, NSW
  • Crossroads Hotel, Sydney, NSW
  • Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
  • Prince Consort Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
  • Royal Oak, Double Bay, NSW
  • The Highway, Adelaide, SA
  • The Peakhurst, Sydney, NSW

Best Food Menu

  • 2KW Bar, Adelaide, SA
  • Alba Bar & Deli, Brisbane, QLD
  • Bar Margaux, Melbourne, VIC
  • Bopp & Tone, Sydney, NSW
  • Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne, VIC
  • Pearl Diver Oyster Bar & Bistro, Melbourne, VIC
  • Terminus Hotel, Fitzroy North, VIC
  • The Gem Hotel, Griffith, NSW
  • The Old Fitzroy, Woolloomooloo, NSW
  • The Peakhurst, Sydney, NSW
  • The Rix Hotel, Charters Towers, QLD
  • The Royal Hotel, Perth, WA
  • Watervale Hotel, Watervale, SA

Best Live Music Venue

  • Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
  • Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
  • Duke of Enmore, Sydney, NSW
  • Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, QLD
  • Mary’s Underground, Sydney, NSW
  • Memphis Slim’s, Adelaide, SA
  • Ramblin Rascal, Sydney, NSW
  • Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD
  • Shady Pines, Sydney, NSW
  • The Abercrombie, Chippendale, NSW
  • The Botany View Hotel, Newtown, NSW
  • The Gov, Hindmarsh, SA

Best Bar Owner

  • Bryce McDonough & Chau Tran, Burrow Bar, NSW
  • Brooke Hayman & Julian White, Whisky & Alement, VIC
  • Ciara Doran, The Doss House & Frank Mac’s, NSW
  • David Stucken, Terrarium, WA
  • Dre Walters, Old Mates Place, NSW
  • Hayden Lambert, Above Board, VIC
  • Jamie Fleming, Alba Bar & Deli, QLD
  • Luke Whearty, Byrdi, VIC
  • Matthew Stirling, Robert Libecans & Ryan Noreiks, Caretaker’s Cottage, VIC
  • Natalie Ng, Door Knock, NSW
  • Ollie Margan, Maybe Mae, SA
  • Pasan Wijesena, Earl’s Juke Joint, NSW
  • Tash Conte, Black Pearl, VIC

Best Bar Team

  • Apollonia, Sydney, NSW
  • Baxter Inn, Sydney, NSW
  • Black Pearl, Melbourne, VIC
  • Brooklyn Standard, Brisbane, QLD
  • Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne, VIC
  • Door Knock, Sydney, NSW
  • Double Deuce, Sydney, NSW
  • Hains & Co, Adelaide, SA
  • Maybe Sammy, Sydney, NSW
  • Old Mates Place, Sydney, NSW
  • The Lobo, Sydney, NSW
  • Varnish on King, Perth, WA
  • Whisky & Alement, Melbourne, VIC

Best No-Low Alcohol Product

  • Crodino
  • Etto
  • Fizz Functional
  • Four Pillars Bandwagon
  • Heaps Normal Hazy
  • Heaps Normal XPA
  • Heineken 0.0
  • Lyre’s
  • Modus Nort
  • Naked Life
  • YES! You Can

Best Mixer

  • Angostura Bitters
  • Capi
  • Coca-Cola
  • De Kuyper Liqueurs
  • Fever Tree
  • Long Rays
  • Finest Call
  • Monin Liqueurs
  • Red Bull
  • Schweppes
  • Strangelove
  • The Artisan Drinks Company

Best Draught Product

  • Carlton Draught
  • Cooper’s pale
  • Lexington Hill Espresso Martini
  • Moon Dog Fizzer
  • Stone & Wood Pacific
  • Sydney Beer Co Lager
  • TAP Wines
  • Tooheys New
  • VB
  • XXXX Gold
  • Young Henry’s Newtowner

Best On-Premise Spirit

  • 1800 Tequila
  • Aperol
  • Archie Rose Signature Dry Gin
  • Fireball
  • Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila
  • Mr Black
  • Never Never Triple Juniper Gin
  • Patrón Silver

Best Beer Venue

  • Beer DeLuxe, Melbourne, VIC
  • Besk, Melbourne, VIC
  • Bitter Phew, Sydney, NSW
  • Boilermaker House, Melbourne, VIC
  • Carringbush Hotel, Abbostford, VIC
  • Forest Lodge Hotel, Forest Lodge, NSW
  • Netherworld, Fortitude Valley, QLD
  • NOLA, Adelaide, SA
  • Odd Culture, Sydney, NSW
  • Royal Albert Hotel, Sydney, NSW
  • The Local Taphouse, Melbourne, VIC
  • The Scratch, Milton, QLD

Best Wine List

  • Alba Bar & Deli, Brisbane, QLD
  • Bar Liberty, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Cru Bar, Brisbane, QLD
  • Embla, Melbourne, VIC
  • La Salut Norfolk Hotel, Redfern, NSW
  • Le foote, Sydney, NSW
  • Lil Sis, The Abercrombie, Sydney, NSW
  • Love Tilly Devine, Sydney, NSW
  • Railway Hotel, Port Melbourne, VIC
  • The Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills, NSW
  • The Winery, Sydney
  • Watervale Hotel, Watervale, SA

Best Cocktail List

  • Apollonia, Sydney, NSW
  • Black Pearl, Melbourne, VIC
  • Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne, VIC
  • Door Knock, Sydney, NSW
  • Double Deuce, Sydney, NSW
  • Maybe Mae, Adelaide, SA
  • Maybe Sammy, Sydney, NSW
  • Mechanics Institute, Perth, WA
  • Old Mates Place, Sydney, NSW
  • Savile Row, Brisbane, QLD
  • The Everleigh, Melbourne, VIC
  • The Gresham, Brisbane, QLD

Best Gin Bar

  • Archie Rose Distillery and Bar, Sydney, NSW
  • The Barber Shop, Sydney, NSW
  • Covent Garden, Brisbane, QLD
  • Four Pillars Laboratory, Sydney, NSW
  • Frank Mac’s, Sydney, NSW
  • Gimlet at Cavendish, Melbourne, VIC
  • Gin Palace, Melbourne, VIC
  • Hains&Co, Adelaide, SA
  • Moyas Juniper lounge, Sydney, NSW
  • Proud Henry, Brisbane, QLD
  • Union Electric, Melbourne, VIC
  • Wolf Lane Distillery, Cairns, QLD

Best Rum Bar

  • Burrow Bar, Sydney, NSW
  • Flamingo’s Tiki Bar, Cairns, QLD
  • Hains & Co, Adelaide, SA
  • Highball Express, Canberra, ACT
  • Hula Bula Bar, Perth, WA
  • Jacoby’s Tiki Bar, NSW
  • Jungle Boy, Melbourne, VIC
  • The Lobo, Sydney, NSW
  • Rosie Campbell’s, Sydney, NSW
  • Rude Boy, Hobart, Tasmania
  • Rum Jungle Tavern, Darwin, NT
  • Substation No 41, Brisbane, QLD
  • The Rum Diary, Melbourne, VIC

Best Tequila Bar

  • Caballitos, Perth, WA
  • Cabana Bar, Palm Cove, Queensland
  • Cantina OK!, Sydney, NSW
  • El Grotto, Perth, WA
  • Esteban, Sydney, NSW
  • Hot Tamale, Darwin, NT
  • Los Hermanos Mexican Taquería, Melbourne, VIC
  • Mamasita, Melbourne, VIC
  • Maya Mexican, Brisbane, QLD
  • SoCal, Sydney, NSW
  • Tequila Bar by Mejico, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tios Cervecería, Sydney, NSW

Best Whisky Bar

  • Archie Rose Distillery and Bar, Sydney, NSW
  • Cobbler Whisky Bar, Brisbane, QLD
  • Death & Taxes, Brisbane, QLD
  • Hickson House, Sydney, NSW
  • Jolene’s, Sydney, NSW
  • Savile Row, Brisbane, QLD
  • Suzie Wong Bar, Adelaide, SA
  • The Baxter Inn, Sydney, NSW
  • The Doss House, Sydney, NSW
  • The Elysian, Melbourne, VIC
  • Varnish on King, Perth, WA
  • Websters, Newtown, NSW
  • Whisky + Alement, Melbourne, VIC

Best Brand Ambassador

  • Alice Newport, Beam Suntory, (previously Pernod Ricard)
  • Andy Tsai, Brown-Forman
  • Kayla Grigoriou, Grey Goose
  • Krystal Hart, Campari
  • Lucille Rose-Hopkins, Regal Rogue & Feels Botanical
  • Luke Hackner, Fireball
  • Martin Hudak, Mr Black
  • Matt Bailey, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • Natalie Ng, Tilde Raw Vodka
  • Ross Blainey, Glenfiddich
  • Shay Chamberlain, Never Never Distilling Co.
  • Trish Brew, Fever-Tree


Liquor Brand of the Year

  • -196
  • 1800 Tequila
  • Archie Rose Distilling Co.
  • Campari
  • Fireball
  • Four Pillars
  • Grainshaker
  • Great Northern
  • Hard Fizz
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • Penfolds
  • The Kraken

New Product of the Year

  • -196 Double Grape
  • Bombay Citron Presse
  • Cape Byron Single Malt Whisky
  • Fireball & Apple RTD
  • Glenfiddich 14
  • Hard Fizz Pina Colada
  • Fellr Double
  • Jack Daniels Bonded
  • Jose Cuervo Watermelon Magarita
  • The Kraken Black Mojito
  • Victoria Bitter Xtra
  • Wolf Lane Distillery Grapefruit Aperitif

Bartender of the Year

  • Alex Boon, Pearl Diver
  • Cara Devine, Bomba Rooftop
  • David Stucken, Terrarium
  • Eduardo Conde, El Primo Sanchez
  • Evan Stroeve, Pollen Hospitality
  • Joey Tai, Flower Drum
  • Kayla Reid, Nick & Nora’s
  • Lachlan Watt, Whisky & Alement
  • Millie Tang, The Gresham
  • Natalie Ng, Door Knock
  • Nick Corletto, Maybe Mae
  • Raphael Redant, Hickson House Distilling Co.
  • Sarah Mycock, Old Mates Place
  • Sarah Proietti, Maybe Sammy

Publican of the Year

  • Anthony Brady, Beach Hotel Byron Bay
  • David Gregory, Coogee Bay Hotel
  • Glenn Piper, Harbord Hotel
  • Jason Hirt, Prince Consort Hotel
  • Kayla Seeney, Camden Valley Inn
  • Lucas Eckersley, Howard Smith Wharves
  • Lucinda Dowling Black, Full Moon Hotel
  • Mel Porter, Porters Plainland Hotel
  • Nick Gregorski, Port Office Hotel
  • Noel and Jane Jesberg, Rix Hotel
  • Rabih Yanni, The Botanical Hotel
  • Simon Barbato, Woollahra Hotel

Bar of the Year

  • Cantina OK, Sydney
  • Black Pearl, Melbourne
  • Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne
  • Death & Taxes, Brisbane
  • Door Knock, Sydney
  • Double Deuce, Sydney
  • Hains & Co, Adelaide
  • Helvetica Bar, Perth
  • Hickson House Distilling Co., Sydney
  • Maybe Sammy, Sydney
  • Savile Row, Brisbane
  • The Baxter Inn, Sydney
  • The Everleigh, Melbourne

Hotel of the Year

  • Albert Park Hotel, Albert Park
  • Full Moon Hotel, Sandgate
  • Harbord Hotel, Freshwater
  • Loxton Hotel, Loxton
  • Prince Consort Hotel, Fortitude Valley
  • Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point
  • Tacking Point Tavern, Port Macquarie
  • Terminus Hotel, Fitzroy North
  • The Abercrombie, Chippendale
  • The Duke, Enmore
  • The Old Synagogue, Fremantle

Bar Group Operator of the Year

  • Applejack Hospitality, Sydney
  • Barrelhouse Group, Sydney
  • Camorra Bar Group, Sydney
  • Dap & Co
  • Drunken Monkey Group, Brisbane
  • Gonzo Group, Adelaide
  • Made in the Shade, Melbourne
  • Maybe Group, Sydney
  • Sneakers & Jeans, Perth
  • Speakeasy Group, NSW & Vic
  • Swillhouse, Sydney
  • The Hospo Group, Cairns

Hotel Group Operator of the Year

  • Australian Venue Co
  • Comiskey Group
  • Flower Hotels
  • Hunt Hospitality
  • Kickon Group
  • Lewis Land Group
  • Merivale
  • Odd Culture Group
  • Public Hospitality
  • Redcape
  • Solotel
  • Tilley & Wills

On-Premise Supplier of the Year

  • ALM
  • Amber Beverages
  • Asahi Beverages
  • Bacardi-Martini Australia
  • Beam Suntory/Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
  • Brown-Forman
  • Campari
  • Diageo
  • Lion
  • Paramount
  • Pernod-Ricard
  • Proof & Company
  • Proof Drinks
  • Proximo Spirits
  • Southtrade International
  • Spirits Platform
  • Swift + Moore
  • Vanguard Luxury Brands
  • William Grant & Sons

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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