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Award Catagories

Bar Awards

These awards recognise excellence in the South African bar industry, and are based on public nominations

  • Anyone may cast nominations, for themselves or others

  • It only takes 1 nomination to be considered for an award

  • Nominations are judged by an industry panel

  • Judges are eligible for awards, but will be recused from judging any award they're nominated for, or where they have a conflict of interest

1. Best Cocktail Bar
 

This award recognises a bar that demonstrates excellence in service, hospitality, interior design, atmosphere and cocktails

 

Applicable to any bar that has a cocktail programme, including group or stand-alone bars

Must not be a hotel or restaurant bar

Must have opened prior to 1 Jan 2022

4. Best Restaurant Bar

This award recognises a restaurant bar with a carefully planned drinks programme that elevates and complements the dining experience

 

Applicable to any bar that offers table dining with a full lunch and/or dinner menu

Must not be a hotel or cocktail bar

Must have a dedicated cocktail menu

Must have opened prior to 1 Jan 2022

7. Best Support Staffer

This award recognises a team member whose exceptional work in a supporting role is considered key to their bar's success

 

Applicable to all support staff, such as bouncers, barbacks, cleaners and kitchen staff, that work within all types of bars, including cocktail, hotel, restaurant or mobile bar

Must have worked at least 3 shifts a week for the entire 2022

Not applicable to anyone whose predominant role is a bartender (i.e. bartends more than 3 shifts a week)

10. Best Brand Ambassador

This award recognises an ambassador who has demonstrated excellence in advocating for their brand through insightful activations and consistent support to their partner bars

 

Applicable to any brand ambassadors who work in the field

Must have been working in this capacity full time for the entire 2022

13. Industry Icon

This special award recognises individuals who have a long, demonstrated history of passion, leadership and innovation, and whose ongoing contributions have helped shape and progress the national bar industry

 

Applicable to anyone who has worked for a minimum of 10 years in the national bar industry, including bartenders, bar owners, brand advocators, spirit producers, distributors, educators and communicators

Will join Hall of Fame

2. Best New Cocktail Bar

This award recognises a recently opened cocktail bar that's considered to be an exciting and promising addition to the national bar landscape

 

Applicable to any new bar that has a cocktail programme, including group or stand-alone bars

Must have opened during 2022

5. Best Bartender
 

This award recognises a bartender who demonstrates excellence in skills, knowledge, service, hospitality and innovation

 

Applicable to anyone who tends bar, including bar managers or owners, at any sort of bar, including cocktail, hotel, restaurant or mobile bar

Must have worked at least 3 shifts a week as a bartender for the entire 2022

8. Best Bar Solutions
 

This award recognises a company whose exceptional delivery of goods and/or services makes them an indispensable and sought out partner in the trade

 

Applicable to any company that provides ingredients, ice, tools, equipment and/or eventing solutions to brands or bars

Must have been operational prior to 1 Jan 2022

11. Best Bar Communicator

This award recognises a communicator whose insightful reporting, storytelling and/or content creation brings bars and brands to life

 

Applicable to anyone who tells the stories of national bars and brands, through journalism, blogging and social media

Must have been doing so consistently throughout 2022, whether professionally or as a hobby

3. Best Hotel Bar
 

This award recognises a hotel bar that offers an elegant and comfortable drinking experience

 

Applicable to any bar that's attached to a hotel

Must have a dedicated cocktail menu

Must have opened prior to 1 Jan 2022

6. Best Bar Team
 

This award recognises a bar team that works together seamlessly and professionally to elevate the guest experience

 

Applicable to any team working in any bar, including cocktail, hotel, restaurant or mobile bar

Bar must have opened prior to 1 Jan 2022

9. Best Upliftment Programme or Initiative

This award recognises an upliftment programme or initiative that facilitates upskilling and growth of individuals and contributes to the health, equality and diversity of the national bar industry

 

Applicable to any upliftment programme that's free for participants

May function within bars or be brand/school/independently driven

Must have been active for at least 21 days in 2022

12. Best Mentor

This award recognises an individual who actively uplifts and inspires the bartender community and plays a pivotal role in bettering the national industry

 

Applicable to anyone who acts as a positive role model and demonstrates commitment to educating the next generation

Not applicable to anyone whose predominant role is a bartender (i.e. bartends more than 3 shifts a week)

Beverage Awards

These awards recognise excellence in the South African beverage industry and are based on corporate submissions

  • Any brand, distributor or agency may submit an application to be considered for an award

  • Submissions are judged by an industry panel

  • Judges will be recused from judging any award where they have a conflict of interest

1. Best Brand Campaign

This award recognises a local brand campaign that has demonstrated creativity and keen market insight in the promotion of a beverage

 

Applicable to any beverage brand, provided campaign was conceptualised and driven by a South African agency

Must have had a maximum spend of R1 million

Must have flighted during 2022

4. Best Sales Representative

This award recognises a sales representative who has consistently achieved commercial excellence and maintained sustainable and profitable sales growth on their brand/s

 

Applicable to any sales managers

Must have been working in this capacity full time for the entire 2022

7. Best New Local Liqueur Or Spirit Aperitif

This award recognises the best new local liqueur or spirit aperitif to enter the market

 

Applicable to any new liqueur or spirit aperitif produced in South Africa

Must have been launched in the national market during 2022

2. Best CSI  Campaign 

This award recognises a short-burst CSI campaign/initiative, powered by a beverage, that has shown a significant positive impact on South African society

 

Applicable to any beverage brand, provided campaign was conceptualised and driven by a South African agency

Must have had a maximum spend of R1 million

Must have flighted during 2022

5. Best New Local Cocktail Ingredient

This award recognises the best new local cocktail ingredient to enter the market

 

Applicable to any new cocktail ingredient produced in South Africa

Must have been launched in the national market during 2022

3. Best Brand Manager

This award recognises a brand manager whose insightful, consistent and rigorous promotion of their brand/s has had a marked impact on target-market perception

 

Applicable to any brand managers

Must have been working in this capacity full time for the entire 2022

6. Best New Local Spirit

This award recognises the best new local spirit to enter the market

 

Applicable to any new spirit produced in South Africa

Must have been launched in the national market during 2022

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