Leading bars from across Australia and New Zealand’s hospitality industry have come out in force to compete in the inaugural Plantation Rum Cup.

The bars and Plantation Rum Cup teams will now promote their cocktails until later August with COVID restrictions and closures being taken into account throughout the judging process. The bars and teams are encouraged to consider how their cocktail can feature on takeaway menus in areas where COVID restrictions are imposed.

Competition organisers said: “Each cocktail will be made and judged in an off-location setting, to ensure a fair assessment is made to each recipe by all teams across Australia & New Zealand. Points will be awarded on the cocktail recipe, cocktail sales and in-venue and social media promotion. 

“Finalists will be announced via the Plantation Rum Asia Pacific Facebook and Instagram pages on 1 September.

“On Monday, 20 September, the finalist teams will compete against each other for the first major title of Plantation Rum’s kind, a luxury experience provided in the winners’ home location and a ‘Welcome to Summer’ Party in the winning venue on 1 December.”

Show your support for the competing venues and enjoy their Plantation Rum Cup 2021 cocktails.   Please see the full list of participating venues below:

South Australia & Northern Territory 

  • Maybe Mae
  • Westward & Chandelier Bar 
  • Fumo Blu
  • Remy’s deep dish pizza bar
  • Ounce Bar
  • Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
  • Hains & Co
  • Westward
  • Hains & Co
  • Clever Little Tailor


  • The Woods
  • Cobbler
  • Electric Avenue
  • Canvas
  • The Walrus Club
  • The Gresham
  • Osbourne Hotel
  • The Captains Daughter
  • Santé cocktail bar
  • Maker
  • Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar
  • Savile Row
  • Backlane Bar & Street Food

New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory 

  • Rum Diary Bar Newcastle
  • Neighbourhood Bondi
  • Jacoby’s Tiki Bar
  • Blue Kahunas
  • Cantina OK!
  • The Lobo
  • Grain 
  • Old Mates Place
  • Marble bar 
  • The Exchange Hotel
  • Loft Byron Bay
  • Shorty’s

Victoria & Tasmania

  • 1806
  • Moosehead Whisky and Blues Bar
  • Union Electric
  • Sherbini Bar
  • Evolve Spirits Bar
  • Wheelers food trucks and bar
  • The Rum Diary Bar
  • Black Pearl
  • Curious Bar 
  • La Madonna
  • Bar Clara
  • Collection Bar

Western Australia

  • Tiki as Fk

Auckland & surrounds 

  • Liquorette
  • Bedford Soda & Liquor
  • Baduzzi
  • Ghost Donkey
  • Saxon + Parole
  • The Poni Room
  • The Bramble
  • Rooftop at QT Hotel
  • Bellini Bar at Hilton 
  • Fitzroy Lounge Bar

Queenstown, Christchurch & surrounds

  • Cork Bar
  • Reds
  • Zanzibar Dunedin
  • Harbar
  • Mama Cod
  • LaLaLand Lounge Bar
  • Casa Publica

Wellington & surrounds

  • Hawthorn Lounge
  • Bitters & love

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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