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Barista, Waiter, Cocktail Maker 2014 Awards

By Jessica Hackett - 01 Sep 2014

Today we're launching the first annual Barista, Waiter, Cocktail Maker Awards, to find and reward Melbourne's best. Our hospitality industry is the best in the world, and we want to recognise the awesome individuals behind it!

The guy that froths your cappuccino foam to perfection — and remembers how many sugars you take; The bartender at your favourite watering hole who knows your tipple of choice; The waiter who's always stoked to see you and compliments your outfit choice.

These are the hard-working men and women who put smiles on faces, who make eating and drinking out a pleasure, not a chore, and customers like you happy little chappies. And we think they deserve their name up in sparkling lights, but we need your help to find them!

So start picking your brain and let us know who you think deserves to be crowned the best of the best!

Here's how it works

You have two weeks to nominate, and can do so as many times as you like! If you are a barista, waiter or cocktail-maker, make sure you nominate yourself and get all your pals to nominate you as well!

Once we announce the top 20 of the Barista, Waiter and Cocktail Maker nominees, you will have another two weeks to vote for your favourites from the nominations list. From those votes we will announce the best barista, best waiter, and best cocktail-maker in Melbourne!


  • Just by nominating, and voting for your favourite barista, waiter, or cocktail maker you will automatically go in a draw to win a cheese and wine party for you and 9 FRIENDS at Milk the Cow Licensed Fromargerie
  • The barista, waiter, and cocktail maker who are voted the best in Melbourne will each win a $250 voucher for Winemarket, and of course - eternal glory with the crown & title of Melbourne's best!
  • For the business whose barista, waiter, or cocktail maker was voted the best in Melbourne, you will win a partnership package with The Urban List worth $2,000

The Barista. Waiter. Cocktail Maker 2014 Awards are presented by Unita — a leader in the field of retail and hospitality fit-outs. Many of our favourite restaurants have been decked out by Unita, and for that we are grateful, and full.

Thanks also to our category sponsors, Winemarket, and Tappr. Winemarket pride themselves on being the best shopping destination for all things wine, mainly because you don't need to put pants on and leave the house for this vino shopping trip! (And we are obviously huge fans of that.)

Our friends at Tappr are changing the game when it come to Mobile-Point Of Sale technology. Tappr are the talented folks behind a very cool new app that allows our favourite small business owners to make transactions and check their business analytics all from their smartphone. Legends!

What are you waiting for?

Nominate Now! Don't remember or (cringe) even know your fave barista, waiter, or cocktail maker's name? We've got you covered. Just enter as much detail about the person as you can, and we'll get all Sherlock Holmes on it and work it out for you. You can nominate as many people as you like, as many times as you like! Easy!

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