The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Lewisham Awards name Outstanding Bar and Bartender

Federal Merchant & Co Outstanding Bartender Award recipient Prateek Arora (r).

At a Pacific Nights themed ceremony held at Eden Park, the Auckland hospitality industry acknowledged the outstanding abilities of their own with the announcement of the winners of the 16th annual Lewisham Awards. This year’s event was a sell-out, which is a tribute to the calibre of the finalists and highlights the high regard in which they are held.

The Lewisham Awards (named after Richard Lewisham, who was a pioneer of the Auckland hospitality scene) were established in 2002 with the main objective to encourage excellence in the city’s hospitality community. With this in mind, the best in the business are honoured by their peers once a year, as the industry comes together to celebrate their success.

Finalists and winners came from a mix of both new and well established businesses, highlighting this dynamic and ever changing industry and showing that Auckland hospitality  remains in excellent heart.

2018 Lewisham Awards Bar and Liquor Winners:

  • Federal Merchants & Co Outstanding Bartender – Prateek Arora, Cassia
  • Hospitality Association of NZ Outstanding Supplier – Hancock’s Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants
  • EuroVintage Outstanding Wine List – Apero
  • Negociants Outstanding Wine Service Professional – Ismo Koski, Apero
  • Southern Hospitality Outstanding Local – Mo’s
  • Hancock’s Wine, Spirit & Beer Merchants Outstanding Bar –Caretaker
  • Independent Liquor Outstanding New Venue –Parasol & Swing

For a full list of winners and for more details on the Lewisham Awards, head to