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Igor Pachi and Blake Hall take out elit by Stolichnaya art of martini comp

The elit by Stolichnaya art of martini competition has wrapped up in Sydney and Melbourne, with Igor Pachi of Sydney’s Assembly Bar and Blake Hall from The Store Room in Melbourne taking out their respective state competitions. The elit art of martini competition is the largest global city-based competition that celebrates the world’s best bartenders and their creation of the iconic vodka martini.

For Australia, the meccas of Sydney and Melbourne were selected to participate. The winners from each city will be flown to Ibiza this September to compete in the Global Final as part of the elit Vodka Ibiza Weekend 2017.

The competition kicked off with bartenders from both cities submitting their own martini recipe using elit. Those shortlisted were required to promote their signature elit martini drink in their venue and on social media for a period of two months ahead of the competition.

The finalists then competed in a their city final where there were required to not only recreate their elit martini but also compete in a mystery box round.

elit art of martini is the biggest global city-based competition, celebrating the world’s best bartenders and their talent for creating the iconic vodka martini. The finalists chosen to compete were:


Igor Pachi – Assembly Bar

Jake Down – This Must Be The Place

Kelham Waterfield – Bar Moncur @ Woollahra Hotel

Kurtis Bosley – Public House Management Group

Steven Cipriani – Lot 1 Sydney


Blake Hall – The Store Room, St. Kilda

Emma Cookson – Polly Bar, Fitzroy

Chris Hinds – Polly Bar, Fitzroy

Indra Saryani – 18th Amendment Bar, Geelong

Igor Pachi of Assembly Bar

Tanya Mah, Stoli Brand Manager at island2island who was also a part of the judging panel said, “The calibre of finalists in both cities was exceptional and the competition was incredibly close. All the bartenders did an excellent job of putting forward creative and well balanced cocktails.

One of the oldest cocktails around, the martini is so versatile it’s only limited by your imagination. It’s the perfect drink for bartenders to show off their skills and their creativity. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to them representing two of our great cities on the world stage.”

Check out elitbystoli.com for more info.