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Evolve Spirits Bar, MACq 01 named Australia’s Hotel Bar of the Year and Tasmania’s Bar of the Year

September 19, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Evolve Spirits Bar was awarded Tasmanian Bar of the Year and Australian Hotel Bar of the Year in the 19th Annual Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards in Sydney last night.

Despite having been open for less than twelve months, the national recognition comes soon after being named Tasmania’s Best Specialty Bar at The THA and Drysdale Awards for Excellence in August, firmly securing its position as one of Hobart’s leading high-end bars.

“Last night’s awards were a great achievement for Tasmania. It’s usually Sydney and Melbourne who dominate – we’re up against really stiff competition, and it’s the first time one of the major national awards have been won by a Tasmanian bar. The win is bound to motivate the team to push even harder this year to see this success become an upward trajectory for our local industry”, says Evolve Spirits Bar Manager Daniel Gregory.

Set within the MACq01 hotel building in Hobart’s emerging Hunter Street Precinct, Evolve Spirits Bar pays homage to human curiosity and discovery, with 37 impressive fossils on display including an 8ft tall Russian Cave Bear, a Saltasaurus egg, a Mammoth tusk, and a Triceratops nose horn, some dating back to over 550 million years old. The rare spirits on the menu, of which some are kept securely in private spirit keeps, serve up a museum-worthy spirit collection from Tasmania and around the world including one-off bottlings of Glenfiddich and Balvenie whiskies, Glen Grant single malts from 1950, pre-phylloxera cognac dating over 100 years old, and often-unattainable Tasmanian releases from Tim Duckett’s Heartwood whisky and Sullivans Cove.

Known as “The Oscars of the bar industry”, The Australian Bar Awards were attended by over 650 people at Dolton House in Pyrmont, being the marquee event of Sydney Bar Week each year. Over 40 awards in the program recognise the outstanding achievements of the country’s best bars, bar operators, and bartenders, and were led through the proceedings by Logie award winning actor, Rob Carlton. Other Tasmanian winners included The Glass House, which was named Tasmanian Cocktail Bar of the Year.

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