DIAGEO BAR ACADEMY AUSTRALIA
Any licensed venue in Australia can now apply for COVID-19 recovery support through iconic Queensland brand Bundaberg Rum’s $11.5 million Raising the Bar fund. Apply here
Our online masterclasses offer free training opportunities for bar teams, with practical advice and expert knowledge shared by the industries finest. All our sessions are completely inclusive for all levels and will cover a range of topics, from categories to brands and how to market your business.
One of the best ways to practise your perfect serve is with popular classic cocktails.
Discover a range of classics to help perfect your serves and expand your venues drinks offering.
RAISING THE BAR
More than 150 venues across New South Wales and 450 nationally have received ‘Bear Cares Safety packages’ providing essential supplies of hand sanitiser, dispensers, floor demarcations, thermal scanners and PPE.
Read all about our Raising the Bar launch event and discover how Bundaberg Rum’s initiative can benefit you and your venue throughout COVID-19.
FESTIVE COCKTAILS AT HOME
Overseeing the drinks program come the 25th of December is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Evan Stroeve sat down with us to share his top tips on how he approaches matching delicious drinks with festive food.
Flavoured Salt with Zac Furst
Join Zac Furst, the brains behind Bar Liberty’s seasonally driven food menu, an award-winning wine bar in Melbourne’s Fitzroy (also home to the 2022 Australian World Class Champion Nick Tesar).
SIP INTO SUMMER
Summer is here, and just in time! Warmer days mean highballs, spitz, gin and tonic and the refreshing taste of Don Julio Blanco. This summer we’ll be celebrating our new Summer Serves perfectly paired with food.
WINTER SERVES TO TRY
This Winter is all about having fun, keeping warm and enjoying time with your friends and family. Check out these curated serves to complement the occasion - try them out at home or in the bar.
WORLD CLASS STUDIO 2021
World Class Studio 2021 kicks off online featuring an all star line-up! Watch now for a deep dive into the opening round of the World Class competition with some of our industry legends.
Discover Summer-ready recipes to try at home or for you guests with Gordon’s Pink and the new Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon.
Minimize waste in your bar with Nick Tesar
Melbourne bartender Nick Tesar shares with us his top tips to minimize waste in your bar to maximise profits and do your bit for the environment.
COOKING WITH SPIRITS
We asked Jamie Fleming, owner of Alba in Brisbane and former Masterchef contestant, what some of his favourite ways of incorporating spirits into food is.
Q&A with Katie Nagar
We caught up with ‘virtual’ trainer and host Katie Nagar on ways of bringing wellbeing into her current rituals and tips of advice around the small changes one can make to have an impact in the way you think, feel and act.
KETEL ONE ORCHARD SPRITZ
Having a drink is one of life’s simple pleasures but it’s important to drink mindfully; to be conscious and aware of what you are putting into your body. Whilst the sun is still shining, why not have a go at creating Tim Philip’s latest refreshing Ketel One Spritz creation?
Q&A with Jonny Nease
Tim Philips-Johansson talks to World Class WA Ambassador Jonny Nease about the community of trade in Perth and how he sees the west-side of Australia’s bar community staying positive and connecting through these times.
The Bee’s Knees
Check out Jonny Nease’s cocktail he credits as the drink which highlights his community in Perth. The World Class Ambassador unveils one of his favourite’s using Tanqueray London Dry Gin and local Western Australia honey.
BLACK PEARL HAND IN HAND COCKTAIL
Earlier this year, we caught up with managers of Black Pearl, Shay Chamberlain and Matt Linklater, as they shared insights on how their venue has managed to move into the delivery cocktail business. One of their larger format drinks, The Hand in Hand features a sprightly mix of Belsazar Rose, Ketel One Vodka and strawberry.
KEEPING TEAM MORALE HIGH
The mindset of one staff member can change the dynamics of a whole shift and affect those around them. Keeping up a positive and cohesive work environment has always been one of the keys to success. So how do we ensure this continuation from home? Here’s three easy guidelines to help keep team morale high.
BOTTLING COCKTAILS DO’S AND DON'TS
Following the launch of Diageo Bar Academy’s brand new Batching 101 Training Module, we caught up with Pasan Wijesena on how he and his team at Earl’s Juke Joint and Jacoby’s got creative and clever when it came to batching and bottling their signature serves, delivering with love to locals and fans alike at-home.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT BAR MANAGER?
We asked some of Australia's rising bartending and managing talent across the country what they think makes a great Bar Manager.
Australia’s National Whisky Ambassador Katie Nagar, shares with us her favourite Whisky cocktail to warm the cockles.
TIPS TO WORKING LATE HOURS
After a couple of months away from working late hours, we thought it might be necessary to get the opinions of some of Australia’s bartenders on how to go back to working late hours.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO ONCE YOUR BAR REOPENS?
From Darwin to Melbourne, last month we caught up with some of our best bartenders on what they missed most about working and what they were looking forward to with majority of doors now open.
WELLBEING TIPS WITH GEMMA DUFF
We asked World Class Australia Brand Ambassador Gemma Duff some top tips on how to look after yourself.
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Easter Treats to Try
Autumn has rolled in and we’re getting decadent with some Espresso Martini’s accompanying some Easter treats. Why not add these to your menu for the new season?