Keeping spirits up


Words by Jane Ryan, Editor Difford's Guide Australia

In Australia...

Where to find information:

Melbourne's Worksmith team have put together the most relevant facts, news and ideas for the drinks industry into a downloadable doc which they'll be updating weekly to keep everyone in the know and create as much clarity and opportunity as possible. See if for yourself here. They've also started a facebook group where industry members can support each other, ask questions and promote any work going. Join the discussion here.

Gift vouchers, merch and takeaway:
Many businesses are asking guests past, present and future, to buy gift vouchers now for their next visit as a way to inject immediate cash closed. Check your favourite bar's Instagram, website or Facebook to see if they're selling merchandise. Plenty of bars have great t-shirts and bartending paraphernalia on sale, whose revenue could help see them through the next few weeks.

If you're in Melbourne you can currently get takeaway and delivery options from the following venues:
Bar Margaux, Capitano and the Everleigh Bottled Cocktails which should take care of all your carb and wine needs. Capitano are also offering bottled cocktails.

In Sydney, good news came on Tuesday (24/03) that small bars are now allowed to deliver cocktails directly to people's doorsteps, as the NSW government lifted the licensing restrictions. Minister Victor Dominello signed the order allowing licensed venues in the state, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars, to provide takeaway and home delivery services. Our pick is the bottled cocktails from the amazing team at Maybe Sammy. You can collect email your order through and collect from their sister venue Maybe Frank or ask for delivery to local houses. Order yours here.

Free education:
Sven Almenning's Ananas training program has now been made free for anyone wanting to use the shutdown period as a time of education. To sign up for free and create an account, visit