A 3 day long weekend for bartenders & drink nerds.

June 16th - 18th 2024 Brisbane.

We’re inviting bartenders and drinks professionals — whether you’re from Australia’s big cities, the regions, or from across the seas — to come and discover what’s making Brisbane the next big thing in drinks.

Three days of big ideas, exclusive tastings and launches — and big industry parties.

Get a taste of what’s in store below.

The Better BarsSummit Brisbane

11:00am - 3:00pmMonday 17th & Tuesday 18th JuneElizabeth Picture Theatre, Brisbane City20 speakers, 15 talks, and two days: The Better Bars Summit is Australia's most inspiring bar and drinks talks — get advice and tips to apply to your own drinks careers, whether it’s behind the bar, opening an industry business, or exploring new creative possibilities. Earlybird tickets now available.

Get tickets.

On The Card!Sunday 16 June

Night one of the Bartenders’ Weekender is Brisbane’s night to shine. You’ll see some of Brisbane’s finest in action behind their bars, and experience them as they really are — no guest shifts, no takeovers, the On The Card sessions sees sponsor brand ambassadors welcoming guests to town and shouting a few drinks.Sunday 16 June6.00pm — 9.00pmSpirits Platform at Frog's Hollow SaloonMoet-Hennessy at Savile RowStarward at AnticoElijah Craig at AliceFever-Tree at The GreshamNever Never Distilling Co. at Dr GimletteFour Pillars at Maker

Score a travel & education scholarship

Win one of five scholarships to score flights, accommodation for three nights, and $500 spending money to learn, connect and create in June in Brisbane. Applications are now closed.

Interstate & InternationalBar Collabs

Have we reached peak guest shift yet? Maybe, but they can be a lot of fun when there's a two way exchange of ideas. That's why we're encouraging genuine collaboration between bars — create something memorable, that you can't find anywhere else, for one night only. Interested in getting involved? Let us know.

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With more events to be announced, and details to follow, there's loads of reasons to hit the Bartenders' Weekender in Brisbane.

Get a look at what's already lined up below.

Day One.
Sunday 16 June

12.00pm - 2.00pm
Fever-Tree Bartenders’ Brunch

12.00pm - 3.00pm
The Blend Presents: Jim Beam Mentor "Speed Dating"
RSVP here.

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Proof & Company Rum Event

3.00pm - 6.00pm
The Unexpected Cartron Tour Cocktail Competition

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Burdekin Rum Event

6.00pm - 9.00pm
On The Card! BA Shout Sessions
Starward at Antico (6pm - 9pm)
Moet-Hennessy at Savile Row (6pm - 9pm)
Fever-Tree at The Gresham (6pm - 9pm)
Never Never Distilling Co. at Dr Gimlette (6pm - 9pm)
Four Pillars at Maker (6pm - 9pm)
Spirits Platform at Frog's Hollow Saloon (7pm - 8pm)
Elijah Craig at Alice (8pm - 9pm)

9.00pm - 12.00am
The Balvenie Bartenders’ Weekender Launch Party

Day Two.
Monday 17 June

11.00am - 3.00pm
The Better Bars Summit Day One
Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Brisbane City

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Teremana Tequila Pre-Launch Educational

3.00pm - 5.00pm
Four Pillars & The Collaborative Spirit

3.00pm - 5.00pm
Act of Treason Australian Agave Showcase

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Starward Event

5.00pm - 8.00pm
The Boothby Best Bars QLD Awards Party
Alice, Brisbane City

7.00pm - 10.00pm
Bar Collabs & Takeovers
multiple venues across Brisbane
Bar Bellamy (Melbourne) at Before + After

9.00pm - 12.00am
Moet Hennessy Party

Day Three.
Tuesday 18 June

11.00am - 3.00pm
The Better Bars Summit Day Two
Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Brisbane City

2.00pm - 4.00pm
Celebrating 300 Years of the House of Remy Martin
Death & Taxes, Brisbane City

4.00pm - 6.00pm
Saint Felix & StrangeLove Event

4.00pm — 6.00pm
Jack Daniel's Bonded & Triple Batch Experience

6.00pm - 9.00pm
Moister than an Oyster
Martinis, Snacks & Shellies with Never Never Distilling Co.

7.00pm - 10.00pm
Bar Collabs & Takeovers
multiple venues across Brisbane
Mix Haus All Star Female Bar Takeover
at Dark Red, Fortitude Valley

The Waratah (Sydney)
at Maker, South Brisbane

9.00pm - 12.00am
Jagermeister Party: Arctic Adventure -18°c
Alice, Brisbane City

11.00pm - late
The 86 Club Party (venue TBC)