On 30 May, Hospitality NT held Aristocrat Technologies Awards For Excellence at the Mindil Beach Casino & Resort. 

Alex Bruce, CEO of Hospitality NT, toasted the hard work of hospitality venues across the territory.

“From your friendly local hotel and club, through to 5-star accommodation properties, signature restaurants, bars and breweries and the vital network of wayside inns and roadhouses our venues work day and night to ensure Territorians and visitors enjoy their time with us.”

This year, 270 venues were nominated, with 47 category awards handed out, and five overall award winners, listed below:

  • Best Overall Pub – Berry Springs Tavern
  • Best Overall Large Club – Cazalys Palmerston Club
  • Best Overall Regional Pub – Walkabout Lodge and Tavern
  • Best Overall Small Club – Darwin Trailer Boat Club
  • Best Overall Accommodation Hotel – Hilton Darwin.
The Berry Springs Tavern team.

Leah Sloan, owner of the Berry Springs Tavern, reacted to her venue’s win, and explained what she thinks gives the pub a cutting edge. 

“It was a real surprise. It was a great win for the team. We have a real family environment within our team, so everyone was really excited about the win.

“For me the things that make our business stand out are quality, consistency and flair – which sounds simple, but it’s really difficult to do all of those three things well.When you talk about quality, for us it’s in the experience, in the product, in the environment, in the music, in everything you’re doing.

“Consistency is in your attitude and your approach, and the training of your team; then flair is the wow factor. So if you’re having a birthday celebration, we’ve decorated the table for you, and we’ll present your cake in a special way. It’s all of those little touches.

“That’s what we really push the team to do, to make it special for every person, because they’re spending their money with us and we want them to have a good experience,” Sloan concluded. 

Bruce called upon tourists and residents of the Territory to visit the venues and assess for themselves. 

“The Territory is chockers with great venues and I encourage people to sample them all and see if they agree with the judges’ picks,” he said. 

There were ‘highly contested’ Employee Award Categories up for grabs, with Doreen Prasad from the Hilton Darwin winning the Service Excellence Front of House Accomodation category, while Declan Coffey from Hanky Panky picked up the award in the General Division. 

The Marketing/Sales/Event Employee award went to Hayley Winn from Charlie’s of Darwin, and Hospitality Industry Rising Star Award was won by Dakota Bondareff from Willing Distillery. 

“All of the staff nominated do an amazing job for our industry, many going the extra mile to ensure Territorians and tourists get a great experience,” Bruce said.

“Congratulations to all nominees and award recipients who last night proved the strength, resilience and excellence of our local industry.”

See the full list of winners below:

Award CategoryWinner
Outstanding Club Community Service & AchievementNightcliff Sport & Social Club
Outstanding Accommodation Hotel Community Service & AchievementHilton Darwin
Outstanding Pub/Tavern Community Service & AchievementNoonamah Tavern
Best Tourism InitiativeNitmiluk Tours
Service Excellence Front of House – AccommodationDoreen Prasad – Hilton Darwin
Service Excellence Front of House – GeneralDeclan Coffey – Hanky Panky Lounge
Best Marketing/Sales/Events EmployeeHayley Wynn – Charlie’s of Darwin
Hospitality Industry Rising Star AwardDakota Bondareff – Willing Distillery
Sales Representative of the Year – BeverageBrooke Bentley – LION
Sales Representative of the Year – IndustryNathan Jury – Reward Hospitality
Outstanding Achievement in TrainingNovotel & Mercure Darwin Airport
Best Pub/Tavern Gaming VenueWalkabout Lodge & Tavern
Best Club Gaming VenueCazalys Palmerston Club
Best TAB Licensed VenueLasseters
Best NT Keno VenueCazalys Palmerston Club
Best Draught Beer Quality – RegionalKatherine Club
Best Draught Beer Quality – MetroBreezes Bar & Bistro
Best Public Bar Presentation & ServiceHotel Darwin
Best Club Bar Presentation & ServiceCasuarina All Sports Club
Best All Abilities VenueDarwin Trailer Boat Club
Best Backpacker AccommodationDaly Waters Pub
Best Pub Style AccommodationThe Cavenagh Hotel
Best Mid Range AccommodationContour Hotel Katherine
Best Superior AccommodationMindil Beach Casino Resort
Best Late Night VenueShenannigans
Best Outdoor Area – ClubPalmerston Golf & Country Club
Best Outdoor Area – GeneralDarwin FreeSpirit Resort
Best Live Music VenueMayberry
Best Family Friendly Venue – ClubGillen Club
Best Family Friendly Venue – Pub/TavernBreezes Bar & Bistro
Best Sporting Entertainment VenueLandmark @ Gateway
Best Redeveloped Pub/TavernThe Midway Berrimah
Best Redeveloped Accommodation HotelRydges Palmerston
Best Marketed Pub/TavernBerry Springs Tavern
Best Marketed ClubDarwin Trailer Boat Club
Best Marketed Accommodation HotelCrab Claw Island Resort
Best Retail Liquor OutletCellarbrations Katherine Hotel
Best New VenueBreezes Bar & Bistro
Best Craft BreweryAlice Springs Brewing Co.
Best Craft DistilleryDarwin Distilling Co.
Best Small BarHanky Panky Lounge
Best Wayside InnAdelaide River Inn
Best Overall Accommodation HotelHilton Darwin
Best Overall Small ClubDarwin Trailer Boat Club
Best Overall Regional Pub/TavernWalkabout Lodge & Tavern
Best Overall Large ClubCazalys Palmerston Club
Best Overall Pub/TavernBerry Springs Tavern

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