We Asked Australia’s Best Bartender For His Top Sydney Sips

Drink, Sydney / 4 June 2024
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We Asked Australia’s Best Bartender For His Top Sydney Sips

Drink, Sydney / 4 June 2024

Sydney’s got a new champion cocktail shaker, and he has his own list of top bars in the city.

There’s a new reason to be proud of our city! Jake Down, the bar wizard behind the counter at Pleasure Club in Newtown, has just shaken and stirred his way to the top, becoming Australia’s Bartender of the Year at the Diageo World Class competition. That’s right, folks, this means Jake’s about to take his mixology magic global, representing Australia at the finals in Shanghai – no pressure!

The Diageo World Class competition is basically the Olympics for cocktail creators. But Jake emerged victorious, showcasing his innovative spirit and dedication to the craft. This guy isn’t just pouring drinks, he’s crafting flavour symphonies.

So, who is this cocktail champion and where can you taste his award-winning concoctions? Jake’s a seasoned shaker with over a decade of experience under his belt. He’s honed his skills at some of Sydney’s (and the world’s) hottest bars like This Must Be The Place and Scout London. Currently, you’ll find him holding court at Pleasure Club, a Newtown institution known for its electrifying atmosphere, live music and immersive performances.

Jake Down Best Bartender Winner

But what if you’re feeling a bit adventurous and want to explore the wider Sydney bar scene beyond Jake’s current stomping ground? Fear not, thirsty friends! As part of his champion status, Jake’s spilled the mix on his top Sydney bar picks:

  • El Primo Sanchez: This spot is all about good vibes and even better margaritas. According to Jake, their Don Julio creations are some of the finest in Sydney – perfect for that post-work fiesta.
  • PS40: Feeling like a cocktail explorer? PS40 is your playground. This bar’s known for its boundary-pushing concoctions and service so smooth it’ll make you swoon.
  • Restaurant Hubert: Restaurant Hubert offers a full-on sensory experience. Jake recommends grabbing a steak frites and a classic Johnnie Walker Highball while you soak up the unique atmosphere.
  • The Waratah: This bar is all about celebrating Aussie produce with world-class service. Think sunshine on a plate (or rather, in a glass) paired with genuine hospitality.
  • Double Deuce: Craving a tastebud adventure? Double Deuce offers cocktails with a textural twist, according to Jake. Plus, the bartenders there are a whole lotta fun – think quirky personalities with a passion for the perfect pour.

So there you have it, Sydneysiders! From the champion himself, a list of bars that are guaranteed to quench your thirst. Now raise a glass (responsibly, of course) to Jake Down and his impressive win. We can’t wait to see him represent Australia on the world stage!

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