I love cocktails – the drinks, the experience, the Tom Cruise movie, I’m here for it all. I wasn’t aware, however, every year ‘Diageo World Class’ the international bartending competition lists our top 100 bartenders and where they work so you can independently fact-check their data. This is amazing news for the bartenders, the bars, and all of us who love a cheeky Old Fashioned.

The Diageo World Class Australian Bartender of the Year for 2022 will be crowned in July before representing us at the Global Final being held in Sydney (for the first time) later in the year.

Here’s the full list of creative cocktail makers and where they weave their magic!

QUEENSLAND:
Dino Francia, Rosella’s Bar
Jack Connor, Rosella’s Bar
Aidan Perkins, Agnes Restaurant
Daniella Darakis, The Gresham
Edward Quartermass, Maker
Ellery Low, Maker
Jamie Fleming, Alba Bar & Deli
Jenny Wang, Sono Japanese Restaurant
Joe Steadman, Alba Bar & Deli
Kate Bartlett, Cobbler Bar
Liam Murphy, Frogs Hollow Saloon
Liam Shepherd, Bar Brutus
Martin McConnell, Frogs Hollow Saloon
Peter Hollands, Frogs Hollow Saloon

NEW SOUTH WALES:
Alex Gondzioulis, The Rover
Behzad Vaziri, The Star
Elisa Rodgrigues, Paloma Wine Bar
Hunter Gregory, Maybe Sammy
Matthew Dale, Re
Ryan Bickley, Cantina OK
Siôn Roberts, Re
Storm Evans, Cantina OK
Sanghyun Park, Will’s
Wen Wang, Maybe Sammy
Albert Rust, Eileen’s Bar – Four Pillars
Andrew McCorquodale, Charlie Parker’s
Beaux Donelan, Charlie Parker’s
Ashley Miller, Blue Kahunas
Ben Hardy, Bar Planet
Brianna Aboud, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern
Chloe Natterer, The Lobo
Claudio Bedini, Sammy Junior
Daniel Hilton, The Lobo
Eduardo Conde, NO 92 GPR
Dominic Causley-Todd, Dead Ringer
Emma Bernardi, Bar Planet
Eoin Kenny, Long Chim
Hamish Mitchell, Charlie Parker’s
Harrison Kenney, Bar Planet
Helen Yu, The Lobo
James Russell, Apollonia
Jenna Hemsworth, The Gidley
Koby Harris, Dean and Nancy on 22
Krisztian Csigo, Dean and Nancy on 22
Sara Rinaldo, Dean and Nancy on 22
Sarah Proietti, Maybe Sammy
Judith Zhu, KittyHawk
Kalisha Glover, Apollonia
Kat Scibiorski, Long Chim
Kate Gale-Re, The Gidley
Michal Wowak, The Gidley
Kiaran Bryant, Earl’s Juke Joint
Liam Gavin, Door Knock
Marco Rosati, Grain Bar
Samuel McWilliams, The Lobo
Thomas Opie, Births and Deaths

VICTORIA:
Aiden Rodriquez, EDV Melbourne
Alejandro Archibald, NOMAD Melbourne
Kane Smith, Nick and Nora’s Melbourne
Darren Leaney, Aru
Cameron Parish, Gimlet
Elisabetta Luppi, LUI Bar
Francesca Camilli, Beneath Driver’s Lane
James Armstrong, The Cloakroom Bar
Josephe Kourmouzis, Above Board
Julien Wurtlin, LUI Bar
Kayla Saito, Black Pearl
Nicola Dean, Black Pearl
Max Allison, Good Measure
Miriam Wahlhütter, LOVER
Nick Tesar, Bar Liberty
Olivia Devlin, Capitano
Tioni Naslund, LUI Bar
Taylor Matthews, Frederic
Tom McHugh, Hazel Restaurant

WESTERN AUSTRALIA:
Dyllan Balm, Foxtrot Unicorn
Max Guidice, Republic of Fremantle
Nicola Herbert, Foxtrot Unicorn
Shirley Yeung, Foxtrot Unicorn
Samuel Cocks, Bar Rogue

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA:
Al Simmons, Maybe Mae
Alfonso Lizana, Maybe Mae
Anabel Rowe, Long Story Short
Georgia Edmonds, Maybe Mae
Grace Rawlins, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Jack Somers, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Talis Heggart, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Michael Keogh, Memphis Slim’s House of Blues
Lachlan Gunner, Long Story Short
Oscar Butler, Maybe Mae

TASMANIA:
Rachel Mynczywor, Rude Boy
Rohan Massie, Rude Boy Hobart
Jack Turner, Void Bar at Mona
Mateo Ortiz, The Den Salamanca

NORTHERN TERRITORY:
Anneliese Grazioli, Hanky Panky Lounge
Katerina Kosta, Hanky Panky Lounge
Matt Zarimis, Smoke and Oak Darwin

ACT:
Cameron Abercrombie, Zaab Street Food
Jack Sandeman, Zaab Street Food
Liv Kelly, Bar Rochford

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