Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2021

Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2021

With the opening of Re in the South Everleigh precinct of Sydney in April 2021, Matt Whiley aimed to create a venue with sustainability embedded to its very core. He applied this literally in laying the first stone: the venue itself was built and furnished using mostly recycled materials, with circa 82,000 milk bottles diverted from landfill to become the bar top and tables.

Described as ‘the world’s first permanent bar built on waste’, Re aims to reframe the conversation around waste and sustainability. In October 2021 it launched Never Wasted, a cocktail menu created by collecting daily food waste and by-products from nearby venues and turning them into cocktail ingredients. For instance, the spent grains from a local brewery are distilled into vodka, mixed with pumpkin trim juice, mulberry wine, apple and black walnut to create the cocktail, Yullis.

The bar’s whole sourcing process is a real landfill diversion of discarded items, creating a truly unique drink list that proves that deliciousness and environmental conscience can go hand in hand.

Re received the highest score of any venue in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 in an assessment carried out by Food Made Good – and deservedly picks up the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award 2021.

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The Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award was introduced to The World's 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars for the first time in 2018. The sustainability rating of each bar is assessed by Food Made Good through a system specially adapted from their restaurant rating, which has been used to assess sustainability for 10 years. All bars on The World's 50 Best Bars and 51-100 lists were invited to enter the award via self-nomination.


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