2014 Nightclub & Bar Awards Finalists Announced

Winners in each category to be announced in February


Nightclub & Bar Media Group has named the finalists of the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Awards — the top annual recognition of the best and brightest businesses in nightlife — after receiving hundreds of nominations identifying bars, nightclubs and restaurants operating at the pinnacle of the industry.


“We are always thrilled with the volume and quality of the nominations we receive,” said Kristen Santoro, content and conference director of Nightclub & Bar Media Group. “We are proud to announce a list of finalists that showcase dedication, innovation and success in a very competitive industry.”

As the leading program dedicated to recognizing and celebrating all faces of success in nightlife, the annual Nightclub & Bar Awards employed a rigorous adjudication process to determine the finalists. Starting with an open nomination from on-site venue owners, operators, managers and other industry professionals, qualified entries were presented to an expert panel for consideration. The judges panel, composed of leading minds in the bar and nightclub business, ranked their top three choices based upon entrants that regularly demonstrate and exemplify expertise, professionalism and sales success among other important factors.

Winners will be announced in early February and celebrated at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 24—26.

Presented by category in alphabetical order, the finalists for the 2014 Nightclub & Bar Awards are: 

Nightclub Awards:
Dayclub of the Year
-          Roof on the Wit, Chicago, IL
-          Spinnaker Beach Club, Panama City, FL
-          Delano Beach Club, Miami, FL

Lounge of the Year
-          Brahmin, Boston, MA 
-          Epernay Lounge, Denver, CO
-          Side Bar, San Diego, CA

New Concept of the Year
-          Clinton Hall, New York, NY
-          The Huxley, Washington, D.C.
-          VIP Room, New York, NY

Nightclub of the Year  
-          Cielo, New York, NY
-          LIV, Miami, FL
-          Story, Miami, FL

Promo, Party or Event of the Year
-          Intervention Sundays @ Float, San Diego, CA
-          SKAM Thursdays @ Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
-          FIVE/TEN Party @ Side Bar, San Diego, CA

Resident DJ of the Year
-          DJ Homicide, Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
-          DJ JUS-SKE, 1OAK, New York
-          DJ Sid Vicious, FLUXX, San Diego, CA

Bar Awards:
Bartender of the Year
-          Beau Williams, GM, Manifesto and Co-Owner, Hawthorne & Julep
-          Justin Pike, Head Bartender, The Tasting Kitchen
-          Sean Kenyon, Proprietor, Williams & Graham and Beverage Dir., The Squeaky Bean

Beer Bar of the Year
-          Neighborhood, San Diego, CA
-          Taproom No 307, New York, NY
-          The Surly Goat, Hollywood, CA

Cocktail Bar of the Year    
-          Disney's Carthay Circle Lounge, Anaheim, CA
-          Copa d’Oro, Santa Monica, CA
-          Wise Guy’s, Hilton Head, SC

New Concept of the Year
-          2 Birds 1 Stone, Washington, DC
-          Bergerac, San Francisco, CA
-          No Vacancy, Los Angeles, CA

Promo, Party or Event of the Year
-          12 Month Calendar Promotion @ Martini Bay, Lake Havasu, AZ
-          Bounce Sunday @ Matrix Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
-          Sunday FunDAZE @ The Hangar, San Antonio, TX 

Restaurant Bar of the Year
-          Catch, New York, NY
-          Isola Trattoria, New York, NY
-          Beauty & Essex, New York

Small Wonder Bar of the Year
-          Brandy Library, New York, NY
-          Matchbox, Chicago, IL
-          Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA

Sports Bar of the Year
-          Lansdowne Road, New York, NY
-          The Bleacher Bar, Boston, MA
-          The Globe Pub, Chicago IL

Las Vegas Nightclub Awards:
Cocktail Bar of the Year
-          Laundry Room @ Commonwealth
-          The Chandelier
-          Vesper Bar

Dayclub of the Year
-          Daylight
-          Encore Beach
-          Wet Republic

Lounge of the Year
-          Fireside Lounge
-          Ghostbar
-          Parasol Up & Down

New Concept of the Year
-          Light
-          Hakkasan
-          Sapphire Pool

Nightclub of the Year
-          Hakkasan
-          Light
-          XS 

Promo, Party or Event of the Year
-          Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Wednesday @ Surrender
-          Night Swim @ XS
-          Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade @ Marquee

DJ of the Year
-          Calvin Harris, Hakkasan
-          Diplo, XS/Surrender
-          Major Lazer, 1OAK 

Restaurant Bar of the Year
-          Herbs n Rye
-          TAO Restaurant
-          Yellowtail


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