Movers and Shakers
After dominating the gun-for-hire event and function scene, Deb Caruso discovers what The Bartenders are shaking up next.
The Bartenders have rightfully dominated the events and functions scene by providing slick service, divine drinks and memorable moments for any occasion. As the team head into its sixth year of business, it’s time to up the ante with a growing product line and a place to call ‘home’.
When Grant Hawthorne started The Bartenders, he wanted to raise the bar (literally) on what a gun-for-hire bartender would deliver.
As a venue manager, he became frustrated with hiring bartenders that lacked knowledge and passion and knew he could do better. And he has.
The Bartenders have built a solid reputation as the best in the bartending biz with the perfect blend of impeccable service, handcrafted drinks and a personal touch.
The team dominates the functions, events and private catering market offering a premium beverage service and delivering unique experiences for weddings, corporate events or special occasions.
Now, working with The Ohana Group, The Bartenders can offer cocktail masterclasses, private events and more from the stunning warehouse-cum-wonderland that is Venu, a stunning loft-style dining, drinks and creative space. Nestled in the industrial precinct in Coolum, Venu offers The Bartenders a home base where they can further build on their offer.
For Grant, having a base that is purpose-made and as beautifully executed as Venu, is a game changer. “I have a long association with Ryan and Rashi from The Ohana Group and so when they dreamt up the idea of a creative and flexible space, I knew it would be amazing,” Grant said. “Clients are looking for experiences that will leave a lasting impression. What we are creating at Venu is it. We can control the full experience to deliver a mindblowing result.”
In addition to providing the beverage service for private groups and guests at Venu, Grant will also be offering their popular cocktail masterclasses.
“Our direction at Venu will be more of a classical, speakeasy style compared to our off-site offerings that are more Coastal Luxe Cocktails,” he said.
For some time now savvy customers have been stocking up on The Bartenders dehydrated fruit and their new product line of The Bartenders Cocktail Kit has already surpassed expectations.
Designed with the professional (or wannabe) bartender in mind, the all-inclusive 11-piece kit is high-end professional barware with all the goods, including The Bartenders Cocktail Guide and available in gun-metal black, silver or copper.
Grant said the idea came from hosting many workshops in people’s homes and realizing that while they had an appreciation for the art of making good cocktails, their equipment let them down.
“We want to assist other passionate bartenders to hone their skills, whether it is at home or in a bar,” Grant said.
“Like anything, if you don’t have the right tools, you’re never going to do your best.”
The kit includes everything you need to shake it like a pro, including the appropriately named Hawthorn Strainer.
And what’s the secret to a great cocktail?
“Most people underestimate the importance of shaking with vigour,” he said. “You really have to go to town on the shake.”
I have a feeling that Grant knows exactly how to move and shake. Make mine a double.