Calling on Australian bars to submit to The Pinnacle Guide

November 10, 2023
By Melissa Parker

A new recognition system for the best bars in the world is launching, and applications are open. Like a Michelin Guide for bars, the Pinnacle Guide awards bars across the world with either a 1, 2, or 3 PIN classification, as it aims to become the most wide-ranging, credible source of inspiration for discerning drinkers.

Bars of any size from Australia can now submit their applications through The Pinnacle Guide’s website ( Bars in other countries can register their interest in being recognised – and this will impact where The Pinnacle Guide will expand next.

The rating system is based on a thorough application process, rigorous assessment modules, and a series of anonymous reviews. 

It has been formulated by co-founders Siobhan Payne & Hannah Sharman-Cox (London Cocktail Week co-founders), and Dan Dove (Global Bartending founder).

Fair and visible processes lie at the core of The Pinnacle Guide, which promises every deserving establishment, regardless of size or location, a clear path to recognition for its outstanding service and contribution to the bar industry.

Bars across the seven launch countries (Australia, Dubai, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and United States) are now invited to submit their applications for a chance to be evaluated and recognised for their excellence in a variety of different categories.

The evaluation process considers quality of drinks, the overall atmosphere to customer satisfaction and sustainability. Assessment modules include front of house (processes, thoughtful touches), the drinks program (menu concept and coherence, ingredients, presentation), the venue look and feel (atmosphere, comfort, design), staff management (diversity, equity, inclusion), operations (efficiency, cleanliness, sustainability), and community (inclusiveness, responsible drinking).

The detailed self-nomination process allows a venue to showcase, and be rewarded for, what it is they are most proud of – explaining their systems, methods and behind-the-scenes infrastructure that truly make their bar top tier, before a series of anonymous in-person reviews.

Beyond being a measure of excellence, this approach is also designed to give venues pause for thought on where they might have room for improvement, with the ambition of elevating the industry by encouraging higher standards across the globe.

“Our vision for The Pinnacle Guide has always been to celebrate the artistry and dedication of bars and bartenders globally. Through our PIN rating system, we aim to identify and showcase the most exceptional destinations for drinking cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Submissions for The Pinnacle Guide are an unparalleled opportunity for bars and bartenders to gain widespread recognition and attract a global clientele. We are hugely excited that applications are now open for bars to put their best foot forward,” said the founders of The Pinnacle Guide. 

Successful applications result in a series of anonymous reviews by a judging panel that consists of industry experts, renowned mixologists, and discerning bar enthusiasts, ensuring an objective assessment of each establishment. 

From the beginning of an eighteen-month-long consultancy phase, which included roundtables and interviews with hospitality industry luminaries from around the world, The Pinnacle Guide co-founders encouraged the drinks community to help select and input on the criteria.

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