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NEW CATEGORIES FOR
AHA NSW AWARDS
The 2016 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence
will see a range of new categories as well as
new prizes for several winners.
Nominations are now open for this
year’s awards, to be held at The Star in
New categories include:
• Best outdoor experience
• Best rooftop bar
• Best innovative refurbishment (country
• Best live music venue (live show or
• Best nightclub/nightlife venue (with
• Best cheap eat meal (under $15)
• Best innovative wine list
• Best specialty/emerging bar
• Best draught beer
• Best gaming venue (country and city)
2016 will also see a range of prizes given out
to several winners including:
For best innovative wine list
• A weekend escape for two to South
Australia including a private tour of
Penfolds Magill Estate and a nine course
food and wine pairing. Valued at $3000.
For best sports bar
• A 10-person catered sports experience
at a regular Sydney sporting event and
an outside broadcast and stadium tour.
Valued at $3500.
For best pub TAB country and city
• Advertising spots on Sky Sports Radio
(country) and Sky Channel (city)
promoting the winning venues as best pub
TAB country and city.
For best Keno venue country and city
• $2500 rebate to put back into
For the bartender of the year
• A three-day experience at Tales of the
Cocktail in New Orleans, including an
overnight trip to the Bulleit Bourbon
Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky in
2017. Return economy flights and
accommodation included. Valued at $8000.
For chef of the year
• A three-night trip for two to New Zealand
with entry to the “Wellington on a Plate
Festival” 2017. Valued at $3000.
AHA NSW President Scott Leach said the
awards showcase the best in the business.
“Hotels are an essential part of the social
fabric of NSW – they always have been,”
he said. “Hotel owners, managers and staff
should be extremely proud of who they are,
what they do and what they represent.
“Whether it is the pub in a small country
town, a corner hotel in the suburbs or a
larger venue in the Sydney CBD they offer a
quality product which millions enjoy every
week. The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence
are a chance to honour that and we do so
proudly each and every year.”
Award nominations can be made at
NEW DEMOGRAPHIC, NEW
IDENTITY FOR MELBOURNE PUB
Evan Mahoney, owner of Pint On Punt in the outer
Melbourne suburb of Windsor, has completely
revamped the pub, including a name change to The
Windsor Alehouse. Mahoney has owned the pub for
10 years, and has operated it as an Irish pub, but he
has said that a significant decrease in Irish tourism
to Melbourne has made him rethink the venue’s
“We had it good for seven or eight years, and
then basically the downturn with the Irish coming
over to Australia made me do the renovations, the
Mahoney decided to cater to a new demographic,
completely overhauling the interior and exterior of the
pub, the name, and a different food and beverage
offering. The interior space and beer garden were
renovated over a three week period with the help of
architectural firm Burton and Carter.
The food offering was revamped to a small seasonal
menu that is half tapas, half traditional pub fare, put
together by new head chef Kevin McLaughlin. Mahoney
recruited McLaughlin from Ireland as he found finding
a head chef in Australia extremely difficult.
“It’s crazy. It’s not an in-supply skill over here.
But it’s the same in a lot of the industry. Same with
management. It’s very hard to get top management,
very very hard,” he stated.
Also newly recruited is the head bartender, Stefan
Trentini, formerly of The Local Taphouse in nearby St
Kilda. The Windsor Alehouse’s main focus is on craft
beer, which Trentini will oversee. The pub has 18 taps,
half of which will rotate continuously between craft
beers; the other half will feature Lion staples such as
James Squires’ 150 Lashes.
Mahoney said that the revamp has done the venue
wonders and has tapped into a completely new
“We’ve started from scratch and we’re basically
going for the corporate market, particularly for lunches
Monday to Friday, and then dinners are pretty much
all the apartments in this area. So it’s a clientele of
basically people aged 25 upwards.”
The new interiors at
The Windsor Alehouse
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