Bannisters Pool Bar has been named the best small bar in Australia at the annual Savour Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence.
The Mollymook bar was awarded the top gong at the national event, held in Victoria.
“A little old pool bar on the South Coast wining a national award is great,” Bannisters general manager Rupert Sakora said.
“When I started a year ago, Ian Drewit, the pool bar manager, said his goal for the next 12 months was to be the best cocktail bar in Australia. It’s nice that down the track he can say he has done it.”
Mr Sakora said the entire team worked had to take out the award.
“Ian’s worked really hard to build a strong offering of good cocktails, good team and local who come in.
“We did the big renovations to the entire hotel two years ago and then the pool bar off the back of that. Then, seven months ago, we did renovations to the cabanas to improve them for groups.
“It's the whole experience from service to quality and the vibe; plus the views are to die for.”
Rick Stein at Bannisters also won a silver prize at the national event.