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Inside drinks suppliers’ private bars

February 10, 2020
By Alana House

Stylish bars feature at the headquarters of most Australian drinks suppliers. Companies use their private bars for a variety of functions: sneak peaks of new flavours or brands, mixology demonstrations, Friday night drinks and as a showcase for clients.

The most recent addition to the private bars line-up is Campari Australia, which opened the Campari Bar at its new offices in North Sydney.

Campari private bar
Campari private bar

The Campari Bar launched with a Chinese New Year celebration and menu, with staff reported to be settling happily into their new digs.

Here’s a quick tour of some of our other favourites …

Brown-Forman private bar

The bar area at Brown-Forman’s head office in Surry Hills (above) was designed by Grindley Interiors. It hosts everything from internal events to whiskey tastings for external groups and influencers.

Bacardi private bar

MPA designed a sleek and sophisticated reception that doubles as a speakeasy bar for Bacardi-Martini (above). The decor is reminiscent of Bacardi’s involvement in the 1920’s prohibition in America.

Coca-Cola Amatil private bar

Coca-Cola Amatil updated its bar in North Sydney (above) last year with help from Aspen Commercial Interiors, making the most of the office’s stunning harbour views.

Coca-Cola Amatil private bar

The designated client floor includes routered lobby wall panelling, an impressive concrete reception desk (above), community bar and sweeping sunrise-to-sunset vistas, providing a welcoming and inspiring space for staff and clients alike.

Diageo private bar

Just down the road from Amatil is Diageo’s Sydney HQ.

Hamilton Projects notes: “Any visitor to Diageo Sydney offices will remark on the Bar [above] and its WOW factor. This comfortable, inclusive and functional space is the show piece of the Sydney office and a source of much pride.

“With stunning harbour views, the facility is big enough for large company functions, yet warm and inviting for small bump meetings. A variety of seating options maintain a welcoming ambience.”

Lion private bar

Lion worked with Project Control Group to bring 800 staff members into a new office (above) located in Sydney’s Olympic Park.

The office consolidates various business groups that has previously been spread around the greater Sydney area. A main goal for Lion was “to create ‘a compelling place to work’ that defined their philosophies of ‘growing sociability and well being in our world’, and supporting people to be the very best they can be.”

Lion also has an impressive bar (above) and outdoor area at its inner-city headquarters.

Treasury Wine Estate moved its head office to Melbourne’s Collins Street in 2018, with the workplace interior design by Carr.

Carr noted: “A suite of new spaces – retail store, barrel room and tasting bar – bring hospitality into the office with immersive effect. Darkened walls paired with the scent of aged oak and sweeping views of the city elevate wine-tasting to the enjoyable business of sharing – a far cry from a bar in the corner of the boardroom.”

Pernod Ricard private bar

Pernod Ricard made the move from North Ryde to Barangaroo in 2017, with Office Inspiration noting: “We were delighted to be awarded the Pernod Ricard project in late 2016 and the opportunity to design a workplace within the new Barangaroo precinct. Pernod Ricard were making the transition from a disjointed office in North Ryde.

“The brief was to reflect the premium nature of their brands through a level of sophistication of finishes and refined detailing.”

The result included the bar area above, which has a gun-barrel view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

CUB private bar

Finally, CUB’s head office bar in Southbank Melbourne boasts fabulous city views and a wide range of local and imported beers on tap.

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