Nightclub & Bar Announces the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Awards Finalists

Nightclub & Bar is proud to announce the Finalists in the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Awards. More than 290 entries were received, nominating bars, nightclubs, restaurants and DJs in 21 categories.

The entry and judging process truly set this award program apart, instilling it with credibility as the premier industry recognition program. This is not an editor’s choice program, or one in which “friends” of Nightclub & Bar and the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show are the only ones considered and recognized. Instead, venue owners, operators and managers, as well as suppliers, vendors and other industry members eager to recognize excellence in on-premise concepts, programs, talent and professionalism are invited to submit entries via Qualifying entries are then put before an expert judging panel composed of top consultants, developers, educators, writers, editors and trainers in the industry. The judges rank their first, second and third choices for each category they judge, and a calculation is applied to identify the Finalists, and ultimately, the Winners, based on the ballots.

Now in its second year, the Nightclub & Bar Awards once again honors outstanding operators across the industry from venues large and small located in diverse markets. New this year is a segment specifically for Las Vegas Nightclubs, created to reflect the unique nature of that market. Las Vegas Nightclubs join the Bar and Nightclub categories. Modern Line Furniture is the sponsor of the Nightclub category.

“Once again, we’re blown away by the number of entries and the range of venues and professionals vying for these awards,” says Donna Hood Crecca, Publisher and Editorial Director of Nightclub & Bar. “The Finalists and Winners really showcase the energy and innovation that has kept this industry vibrant through a very challenging economic period. We look forward to celebrating with our Finalists and Winners in Las Vegas.”

Finalists and winners will be highlighted in Nightclub & Bar media properties, and Winners will be celebrated at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 7 – 9.

Presented by category, with Finalists in alphabetical order, the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Awards Finalists are:

Nightclub Category Finalists

Sponsored by Modern Line Furniture 

Mega-club of the Year
• Pacha, New York
• The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
• Temple Nightclub, San Francisco

New Club of the Year
• FLUXX, San Diego
• Kiss & Fly, Austin, Texas
• The VIBE, Chicago

Nightclub of the Year
• 1Oak, New York
• Opera, Atlanta
• Webster Hall, New York

Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
• DUB-Step at Malaia World Lounge, Austin, Texas
• Fashion Industry Nights at Baja Sharkeez, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
• Flavor Tripping Parties at {three} sheets, Atlanta

Resident DJ of the Year
• Chris Garcia at Playhouse Hollywood, Los Angeles
• Sterling at Revolver Lounge, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Danny Tenaglia at Pacha, New York

Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
• David Guetta at Pacha, New York
• Moulin Rouge Anniversary Party at Kiss & Fly, Austin, Texas
• Wonka - A Birthday Celebration at Shade Lounge, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ultralounge of the Year
• Hyde Lounge Staples Center, Los Angeles
• SL, New York
• Whiskey Sky, Chicago

Las Vegas Nightclub Awards

Las Vegas Dayclub of the Year
• Encore Beach Club, Encore Las Vegas
• Liquid Pool Lounge, Aria Resort & Casino
• Tao Beach, The Venetian

Las Vegas Mega-club of the Year
• Haze Nightclub, Aria Resort & Casino
• Pure, Caesars Palace
• Rain, Palms Casino Resort

Las Vegas New Club of the Year
• Haze Nightclub, Aria Resort & Casino
• Surrender, Wynn Las Vegas
• Vanity, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas Nightclub of the Year
• The Bank, Bellagio Resort & Casino
• Tao, The Venetian
• Tryst, Wynn Las Vegas

Las Vegas Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
• Daylife Sundays, Wet Republic
• Industry Sundays, The Bank
• Vice Sundays, Lavo Las Vegas

Las Vegas Resident DJ of the Year
• Steve Aoki at Surrender
• Kaskade at Encore Beach Club
• DJ Vice at Tao/Lavo

Las Vegas Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
• Erick Morillo Labor Day Weekend at Tao
• Labor Day Weekend at Wet Republic
• New Year’s Eve at Pure

Bar Awards

Bartender of the Year
• Jackson Cannon, Eastern Standard, Boston
• Russell Davis, Bourbon & Branch/Rickhouse, San Francisco
• Joshua Rademacher, Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ

Beer Bar of the Year
• ChurchKey, Washington, D.C.
• Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Philadelphia
• Tapwerks Ale House & Café, Oklahoma City

Cocktail Lounge of the Year
• Downtown Cocktail Room, Las Vegas
• Elixir, San Francisco
• Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco

Hotel Bar of the Year
• Forty Four, Royalton Hotel, New York
• The Chandelier Room, W Hotel, Hoboken, N.J.
• Eastern Standard, Hotel Commonwealth, Boston

Small Wonder Bar of the Year
• Embury, Pittsburgh
• The Empty Glass, Charleston, W.V.
• Recreation Billiards, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Sports Bar of the Year
• Eddie George’s Grille 27, Columbus, Ohio
• The Sporting House Bar & Grill, Las Vegas
• The Tavern Downtown, Denver

Wine Bar of the Year
• Beneluxx, Philadelphia
• Mercy Wine Bar, Dallas
• WiseGuys, Hilton Head, S.C.


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