Are you coming to the Pub Leaders Summit?

By Vanessa Cavasinni, Australian Hotelier

Bar owners and operators will find plenty of useful insight and inspiration at the 2018 Pub Leaders Summit, as many of the teachings from the pub industry can translate into inspiration for small bars.

The speaker line-up – like the sessions themselves – reflects the diverse nature of pub businesses, with industry heavyweights such as Ray Reilly (Reilly Group) and Justine Baker (Solotel), taking part alongside single venue operators such as Kasie Ferguson of the Railway Hotel Parkes (which includes Hart’s Bar).

Mikey Enright, director of Barrelhouse Group, will take attendees through the process of opening his 18th Century, British-tavern inspired Duke of Clarence in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. He will discuss everything from the concept to sourcing building materials from the UK, to perfecting the venue’s unique offering of cocktails, cask ale and French wine.

Kenny Graham of Mary’s Group will be joined by Amanda Verratti, licensee of The Marly, in discussing how to create an authentic identity for your venue, while Wade Curtis of Pumpyard Bar & Brewery in Queensland will discuss the logistics of setting up a micro-brewery attached to your venue. Peter Baker, from The Botanical in Melbourne, will discuss his on-premise wine strategies.

Panels will also cover new opportunities in food to capitalise on, staffing strategies, and how best to use the data your business has accumulated.

The Pub Leaders Summit will be held on Monday 19 March at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. For more information, and to register for tickets, visit

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