Best Pub Bar (Regional and Metropolitan)

* Winner is eligible to enter the AHA National Awards (Best Bar Presentation and Service)

* Venues nominating in this category will be invoiced to reimburse the cost of judging

With a strong focus on customer service, this category recognises excellence in traditional pub bar trade and service in Victoria. Top performing hotels will provide a reasonable variety of draught and bottled beers, wines by the glass, mixed drinks and cocktails, all which are accompanied by quality food. This category is best suited to venues with a dedicated area in the hotel with a strong focus on traditional pub bar trade.

Judges will base their assessment on the following:

Please find judging criteria here.

Best Pub Bar 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