Brisbane businesses win national recognition

What do a whisky saloon, boutique hotel and seaside oyster shack all have in common? Well, these Brisbane businesses have all been raking in top national awards.

We’re proud as punch that Brisbane’s hospitality scene is getting recognition around Australia. You know we always say these places are great, but it’s nice to have professional judges back us up.

The Gresham Brisbane
The Gresham

One of our CBD favourites, old-world whisky bar The Gresham took out bar of the year at both the 2016 Gourmet Traveler Restaurant Awards and 2016 Australian Bar Awards (for the second year running, no less). Set in the heritage-listed old National Bank of Australia, the place is filled with leather chesterfield couches, rich mahogany furniture and a library of whisky from around the world. 

Matter of fact, it was Brisbane’s year at the 2016 Australian Bar Awards with whisky den Cobbler taking out national small bar of the year, mega club Family winning nightclub of the year, and boot-scooting Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall winning best live music bar.

Sandstone Point Hotel
Sandstone Point Hotel

Just north of Brisbane, the recently renovated Sandstone Point Hotel won both Queensland and national regional hotel of the year at the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) 2016 awards. The popular pub and bistro has green laws that roll down to Pumicestone Passage with views that overlook Bribie Island and an oyster shed onsite.

But is wasn’t just our bars and restaurants soaring to great heights. Many of Brisbane’s hotels received recognition for exceptional service and amenities. Also at the AHA awards, Next Hotel won best redeveloped hotel in the accommodation division, and Treasury Casino & Hotel won the outstanding community service and achievement award. 

Ibis Styles
View from Ibis Styles

Newbie Ibis Styles won Australia’s best economy hotel at the 2016 Hotel Management Awards, while the Sofitel Brisbane was highly commended for its concierge desk and its outstanding meeting and conference facilities. We expect the brand new Ibis that will open out near Brisbane Airport in 2017 to be all killer, no filler too.

Speaking of new hotels, Brisbane had seven new hotels open in 2016 with plenty more to come in the next two years. Onwards and upwards!

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