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World-renowned chef Lennox Hastie fires up at the 2012 Time Out Bar Awards

That time of year has rolled around again, folks: the Time Out Sydney Bar Awards are back for the fourth time on Mon 24 Oct. To celebrate the city’s bar culture, and to launch their brand new 2012 Bar Guide, the Time Out team is set to throw one helluva party at brand new Taylor Square venue, The Standard. “We live in a city that takes its bars as seriously as its restaurants,” says Time Out Sydney Food and Drink Editor, Myffy Rigby. “And we are the only publication in the city that prints a dedicated Bar Guide.”

The Bar Guide highlights over 220 of the city’s best pubs, small bars, wine bars and cocktail bars and is on sale this year for $4.95 and free for a limited time to Time Out magazine subscribers. On the night, Time Out will also announce the winners of the highly anticipated 2012 bar awards.
Join the Time Out team in toasting the city’s bar culture with cocktails including a Buffalo Trace Maple Old Fashioned, the Patron Perfect Margarita and Green Fairy Original Czech Absinth Wicked Party Punch.

To complement these tipples, world-renowned chef Lennox Hastie, a Brisbane boy who made his name at Spain’s Etxebarri, will be at the helm of a one-night-only restaurant with Sydney restaurant gun John Fink (Quay, Otto). “We jumped at the chance to play ball with the Time Out crew, especially for the bar awards,” says Fink. “Food is very important for a city’s bar scene. The challenge for Sydney is to move away from the lazy ‘jar food’ and present original tasty treats.”

You won’t find a jar in sight come Monday 24 October, as Hastie gets set to fire up the greatest barbecue that Sydney has ever seen. So what can you expect to find on the coals? According to Fink, “There will be smoke. There will be fire. There will be goats, fire-grilled things on sticks and a whopping paella.”

Cocktails and coal-fired treats will be coupled with a cutting edge line-up of live entertainment, hand-picked by the Time Out editors. Fanny Lumsden and her Band (read our interview here) will be belting out country fried goodness, while contortionist Billie Bradshaw will twist, turn and tumble. Bunny Hoop Star will hoola hoop her way into your heart. DJs 
Joe Laney (GoodGod) and James McInnes (Future Classic) will keep the party keepin' on while the Black Cherry gals will kick off the after party downstairs in Lo Fi with back-to-back DJs spinning awesome 50s tunes.    
“It's important to us that we put on a great party,” explains Rigby. “Sydney's bartenders work incredibly hard to keep us drinking well, and it’s the least we can do to celebrate all that effort with one incredible night of burlesque, bands, and of course Lennox Hastie’s amazing food.” 

Where: The Standard, Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst 2010.
When: Mon 24 Oct 2011, 6.30–10.30pm
Price: General release tickets – $99; Time Out Sydney magazine subscribers – $69. Ticket includes all drinks, Lennox Hastie canapés and access to the official after party at Lo-Fi from 10.30pm.     


Responsible service of alcohol applies. Must be over 18 to attend.

* Subscriber offer code is printed on the reverse of the addressed flysheet with your September issue. Ticket prices do not include booking fee. GST included.


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