7 November 2023

Griffith student mixes business with pleasure through licensed cocktail bar 'The Sip Society'

| Oliver Jacques
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Abby Anderson mixes her own unique cocktails. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A Griffith architecture student is set to take her cocktail bar business to the next level, after being granted a liquor licence in late October 2023.

Abby Anderson, 22, launched The Sip Society in September 2022, providing mobile bar service and making her own style of cocktails for birthdays, parties and other events across Griffith.

“When I turned 21, I decided I wanted to have a bartender for my birthday party,” Ms Anderson said. “But there was no-one available to do it, so I thought this was a market I could tap into. There was nobody else, so I said why not?

“My sister’s friend had a wedding and she wanted someone to make espresso martinis. Being an architect, I designed the bar myself and I got my partner to build it. It’s three pieces that fit together like a puzzle and I can put it together at venues.”

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Choosing a name for her business wasn’t difficult.

“We’ve got a lot of societal groups in Griffith, so it seems fitting to say to people ‘Come join us, you’re a part of our family once you have your event with us’.”

After receiving her liquor licence from the state regulator, Ms Anderson can now buy alcohol herself to take to events and sell drinks on a commercial basis.

“I’m wanting to do some more public events, ticketed and boutique things … I’d like to get my name out more and do some more public functions along with private, more intimate events.”

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Ms Anderson made her own bar with her boyfriend. Photo: Supplied.

Ms Anderson can serve and buy beer and wine, but cocktails are her speciality. She provides all the usual favourites as well as some of her own unique recipes.

“I have made my own signature cocktail called ‘The Sip’, which has vodka, prosecco, lemon squash and lemon juice, and then I put a dry lime and a bit of rosemary. It’s a really refreshing drink,” she said.

“Our espresso martini is our favourite, it’s a little bit better than your classic.”

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Ms Anderson is set to be super busy over the summer. She also works as a dance teacher and a waitress at cafe Cocoa and Bean. On top of that, she is studying to become an architect, learning by distance through Perth’s Curtin University.

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Ms Anderson has already catered to events for 300-plus people. Photo: Supplied.

But she sees her new business venture as different from the daily grind.

“I love the social aspect of bartending. Everyone is happy and having a good time, so it doesn’t feel like work,” she said.

“I want to thank my parents for supporting me. I had my bar in their living room for a while.

”My bosses at Cocoa and Bean have helped me run a business and my boyfriend Alex has built and helped me transport the bar. My sister Amelia also does the marketing for me.”

More information on The Sip Society can be found on its Instagram or its Facebook page.

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