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THE AHA ACT crowns Canberra’s best venues for 2016

AHA Stage-Best Pub Bistro

CANBERRA’S newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were celebrated at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night.

AHA ACT General Manager Jo Broad said that following a record number of entries in the Awards, more than 440 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees.

“More than 30 sponsored Awards were presented including Best Deluxe (5-star) Hotel, Best Cocktail Bar and Best Restaurant as well as Awards including the Best Local and Best Sporting Venue,” Jo said.

“Hosted by ABC Political Reporter Anna Henderson, the AHA ACT’s ‘Night of Nights’ recognised local hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafés and their employees for outstanding hospitality achievements, success and service.

“This year’s event once again celebrated innovative newcomers in new entertainment precincts as well as well-established venues.

“From a popular established Manuka gastro-bar to a unique, five-star hotel and a world-class wildlife retreat, this year’s winners showcased innovation and progression across the ACT’s hospitality sector.

“The hotel, hospitality and tourism sector is vital to the ACT’s economy and it will become even more so when we see the introduction of international flights in September.

“Competition was incredibly tough this year, particularly given the sheer number of entries, which indicates how much the industry has grown and developed over the last few years.

“Two major awards were also given to talented industry leaders:  AHA ACT’s John Press Award was won by Brian Smith from Hopscotch and Young & Frisky while Tarn Morrow from QT Canberra was crowned 2016 Member of the Year.

“AHA ACT sincerely thanked all key sponsors and event partners including the NCC for their generous support and making the 2016 Awards night such a memorable success,” Ms Jo Broad said.

See below for the full list of 2016 AHA ACT Hospitality Award winners:



Award Winner

1.       John Press Award Brian Smith, Hopscotch and Young & Frisky
2.       Member of the Year Tarn Morrow, QT Canberra
3.       Best Restaurant Service Employee (Accom) Dharmesh Panvelkar, Crowne Plaza Cabberra
4.       Best Restaurant Service Employee (Gen) Dexter Nathis, Black Fire Restaurant
5.       Best Restaurant Cookery Employee Nikhi Jain, National Convention Centre
6.       Best Apprentice Chef Barsha Rai, Joe’s Bar East Hotel
7.       Best Front of House Employee Joint winners

Indigo Collins, Crowne Plaza Canberra

Madison Groom, Doma Hotels

8.       Best Hotel Restaurant Monster Kitchen & Bar, Hotel Hotel
9.       Best Cocktail Bar Joint winners

Bar Rochford & Molly

10.   Best Wine List Mezzalira
11.   Best Café Restaurant The District
12.   Best Restaurant Pomegranate
13.   Best Bar Presentation and Service Public
14.   Best Meetings and Events Hotel (Accomm) Hyatt Hotel Canberra
15.   Best Meetings and Events Venue (Gen) National Convention Centre
16.   Best New/Redeveloped Venue (Accomm) Little National Hotel
17.   Best New/Redeveloped Venue (Gen) Joe’s Bar
18.   Best Marketed Hotel East Hotel
19.   Best Environmental Practice Crowne Plaza Canberra
20.   Best Late Night Entertainment Venue Shorty’s
21.   Best Live Entertainment Venue Transit Bar
22.   Best Sporting Entertainment Venue The Dock
23.   Best TAB Licensed Venue Ducks Nuts Bar & Grill
24.   Best Local The George Harcourt Inn
25.   Best Pub Bistro Joint winners

Hopscotch & Meating Room

26.   Outstanding Community Service & Achievement Crowne Plaza Canberra
27.   Best Suite/Apartment Hotel East Hotel
28.   Best Mid-Range Accommodation (3-3.5 Star) The Brassey Hotel
29.   Best First Class Accommodation (4 Star) Little National Hotel
30.   Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 Star) QT Canberra
31.   Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star) Joint winners

Hotel Hotel & Jamala Wildlife Lodge

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