Best Live Entertainment Venue

* Winner is eligible to enter the AHA National Awards 

* Venues nominating in this category will be invoiced to reimburse the cost of judging. May include the cost of tickets. 

In this category, entertainment may take the form of DJ, live band, pool tables, arcade machines, karaoke, comedy, open mic. Please note the majority of points in this category are awarded to live music performances. To be eligible to nominate in this category, hotels must state on which nights entertainment is provided, the name of the room/area to be judged and also specify the way in which prime advertising media is used to advertise acts – such as hotel website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Trade Publications, etc.

Judges will base their assessment on the following:

Please find judging criteria here.

Live Entertainment Venue Specific Criteria

  • Availability of live entertainment 
  • Promotion and marketing 
  • Event staging 
  • Lighting and ambience 
  • Quality of entertainment

General Criteria


  • Décor, design, ambience, atmosphere, lighting and comfort
  • Quality and appearance of the venue (furniture, table setting, crockery, cutlery, glassware)
  • Popularity of venue and alignment to local market
  • Pricing relevant to local market, quality of the restaurant and fine dining experience
  • Hygiene and cleanliness (all areas including restrooms)


  • Excellent variety of wines to include regional, Victorian and interstate wines
  • A reasonable variety of wines offered by the glass
  • A variety of beers local and imported available
  • A variety of non-alcoholic beverages offered
  • Wine description to enhance menu

Staff and Service

  • Excellent customer service
  • Staff presentation and quality of interaction
  • Staff knowledge of all products is a must with the ability to suggest food and wine pairings
  • Efficiency of order taking, meal delivery, table clearing
  • Staff efficiency and ability to be discreet
  • Staff well-groomed
  • Knowledge of Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Telephone technique


  • Presentation
  • Seasonal variation
  • Value for money
  • Integration of specials


  • Relative price
  • Presentation, innovation, accuracy & composition of dishes
  • Originality, selection & variety of menu
  • Quality of dish
Judging Criteria