On Wednesday night the Australian Liquor Industry Awards once again showed why it is the night of nights for Australia’s drinks and hospitality industry with a spectacular showing at The Star Event Centre.

With over 60 awards up for grabs and close to 600 people in the room, from all facets of the industry, the 2023 ALIAs was another jam-packed night celebrating the best this industry has to offer.

Brands, people and venues all enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, but one of the biggest cheers of the night came when Krystal Hart of Campari was announced as the Best Brand Ambassador.

An ecstatic Krystal said: “I have been a Brand Ambassador for 10 years and this is the first national award I have received. Thanks ALIA and a big shout to all brand ambassadors you do an amazing job.”

The ALIAs has a number of awards specifically for the on-premise, bars, people and products and the winners were:

  • Best New Bar – El Primo Sanchez
  • Best Food Menu – Bar Margaux
  • Best Live Music Venue – Ramblin Rascal
  • Best Bar Owner – Pasan Wijesena
  • Best Bar Team – Caretaker’s Cottage
  • Best Beer Venue – Bitter Phew
  • Best Wine List – Bar Liberty
  • Best Gin Bar – The Barber Shop
  • Best Rum Bar – The Lobo
  • Best Tequila Bar – Cantina OK!
  • Best Whisky Bar – Whisky + Alement
  • Best On-Premise Spirit – 1800 Tequila
  • Best Mixer – Fever-Tree
  • Best Brand Ambassador – Krystal Hart
  • Best Bartender – Sarah Mycock & Millie Tang
  • Best Bar – The Baxter Inn
  • Best Bar Group Operator – Swillhouse
  • Best On-Premise Supplier – Asahi Beverages

Attendees also enjoyed networking bars from Bombay Sapphire, Cheers! Spirits from the USA, Espolon Tequila, Stone & Wood, SouthTrade International and Vanguard Luxury Brands.

On behalf of Bars and Clubs, a huge congratulations to all the winners, highly commended and all the finalists and a massive thank you to all the sponsors and attendees for helping to make another awesome ALIA night.

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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