Applications open for bar industry excellence recognition system

The Pinnacle Guide founders Siobhan Payne, Hannah Sharman-Cox and Dan Gove

Australian bars can now submit applications to a new recognition system for the best bars in the world. The Pinnacle Guide aims to create a more inclusive drinks industry by becoming a wide ranging, credible source of inspiration for discerning drinkers.

The Pinnacle Guide will award bars either a 1, 2 or 3 PIN classification, with the rating system based on a thorough application process, rigorous assessment modules and a series of anonymous reviews.

Founded by Siobhan Payne and Hannah Sharman-Cox, Co-Founders of London Cocktail Week, and Dan Gove, Global Bartending Founder, the system promises every deserving establishment a clear path to recognition for its outstanding service and contribution to the bar industry.

“Our vision for The Pinnacle Guide has always been to celebrate the artistry and dedication of bars and bartenders globally,” say Founders Payne, Sharman-Cox and Dove. “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.”

The system is initially launching across seven countries: Australia, Dubai, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bars from each of these countries are now invited to submit applications for a chance to be evaluated and recognised.

The self-nomination process allows bars to showcase what they are most proud of, explaining their systems, methods and behind the scenes infrastructure, before facing a series of anonymous in-person reviews by a judging panel of industry experts, renowned mixologists and discerning bar enthusiasts.

The evaluation process also comprises six assessment modules, including front of house, the drinks program, the venue look and feel, staff management, operations and community.

The Pinnacle Guide has a transparent approach which aims to give bars of all sizes and locations a level playing field in celebrating excellence.

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