Nightclub & Bar Announces Finalists of the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Awards

For the third year, Nightclub & Bar Media Group is delighted to announce the finalists of its elite awards program. The annual Nightclub & Bar Awards celebrate the nightlife industry’s cream of the crop. Once again, hundreds of entrants vied for the top prize inNCB Awards logo three categories: Bars, Nightclubs and Las Vegas Nightclubs.

As the premier nightlife-industry recognition program, the Nightclub & Bar Awards feature a vigorous judging process. 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. Qualifying entries then are presented to 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; a mathematical calculation identifies the finalists and, ultimately, the winners, based on the judges’ ballots.

“We are incredibly gratified to see such a huge professional following for the 2012 Nightclub & Bar Awards,” says Megan Hernandez, Digital Content Director for Nightclub & Bar Media Group.  “The finalists and winners highlight exactly the characteristics this competition applauds: quality, creativity, financial success and, of course, patron value. We are excited to celebrate the award winners at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas!”

The finalists and winners will be emphasized on, various Nightclub & Bar e-newsletters and other media properties; the winners will have the chance to walk the red carpet at the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 12-14. For more information on the conference, visit

Stay tuned to in the coming weeks for a special announcement regarding the finalists of the Las Vegas Nightclub categories! Ranked in alphabetical order, the finalists for the Bar and Nightclub categories are:


Nightclub Categories

Mega-Club of the Year
• The Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
• Reef @ Marley’s, Lake Delton, Wis.
• Roial Eco-Friendly Day and Nightclub, Austin, Texas

New Club of the Year
• Beacher’s Madhouse, Hollywood
• The Mint, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Riff Raff’s, New York

Nightclub of the Year (Two-way tie)
• FLUXX, San Diego
• The Mint, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• 1OAK, New York
• Playhouse, Hollywood

Resident DJ of the Year
• Chrismo, Club Allure, Sandy, Utah
• Jesse Marco, 1OAK, New York
• DJ Soloman, Axis-Radius, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ongoing Promotion/Party/Event of the Year (Two-way tie)
• Axis-Radius, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Panama Joe’s, Long Beach, Calif.
• QUA Bottle Lounge, Austin, Texas
• Shade Lounge at W Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Single Promotion/Party/Event of the Year
• Axis-Radius, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Playhouse, Hollywood
• Roial Eco-Friendly Day and Nightclub, Austin, Texas

Ultra-Lounge of the Year
• AVENUE, New York
• Darby Downstairs, New York
• Riff Raff’s, New York


Bar Categories

Bartender of the Year
• Jasmine Beck, The Cocktail Club, Charleston, S.C.
• Russell Davis, Rickhouse, San Francisco
• Brandon Kim, Zanzabar, Honolulu

 Beer Bar of the Year
• Bierhaus NYC, New York
• Capital Tap Haus, Madison, Wis.
• Public House, Chicago

Cocktail Lounge of the Year
• The Cedars Social, Dallas, Texas
• The Cocktail Club, Charleston, S.C.
• Rum Bar, Philadelphia

Hotel Bar of the Year
• Grant Grill, San Diego
• ROOF on theWit, Chicago
• Vertigo Sky Lounge, Chicago

Small Wonder Bar of the Year
• The Empty Glass, Charleston, W.V.
• The Ivory Room Piano Bar, Madison, Wis.
• The Railyard, Houston, Texas

Sports Bar of the Year
• Bull & Bear, Chicago
• Indianapolis Colts Grille, Indianapolis
• Stats Sports Bar and Grill, Houston, Texas

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