Local burger joint Grease Monkey has been named the ‘Best Burger’ in Canberra.

It picked up the crown at the annual Australian Hotels Association (ACT Branch) Hospitality and Tourism Awards at the National Arboretum on Monday night.

This year’s dinner attracted 450 attendees from Canberra’s hospitality and tourism industry.

The rigorous judging process lasted for months, with an expert independent judging panel sifting through over 150 nominations across the various categories.

Capitol Bar and Grill took home the award for Best Steak, while The Dock was named the Best Sporting Entertainment Venue.

Other notable wins included Samuel McCarthy from Walt and Burley as Chef of the Year, Molly for Best Bar, and Agostinis as the Best Family Friendly Venue.


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See the full list of winners below:

  • Best Burger – Grease Monkey
  • Best Steak – Capitol Bar & Grill
  • Best Cocktail, Lounge or Small Bar – Bar Beirut
  • Best Family Friendly Venue – Agostinis
  • Best Late-Night Entertainment Venue – Hopscotch
  • Best Sporting Entertainment Venue – The Dock
  • Best Traditional Pub, Inn or Tavern – The Old Canberra Inn
  • Best Wine List – Rizla
  • Best Restaurant (Accommodation) – Buvette
  • Best Restaurant (General) – Pomegranate
  • Best New or Redeveloped Venue – The Alby
  • Best Draught Beer Quality (JOINT WINNERS) – The Alby, and Bentspoke Brewing Co
  • Bartender of the Year – Soumi Tannous (Bar Beirut)
  • Chef of the Year – Samuel McCarthy (Walt & Burley)
  • Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year – East Hotel
  • Employee Excellence in Service – Lachlan Hoyle (Midnight Hotel)
  • Best Human Resources Talent – Lynda Bailey (Mercure Canberra Belconnen)
  • Housekeeper of the Year – Emma Searle (QT Canberra)
  • Best Sales & Marketing Talent – Natalie Graham (QT Canberra)
  • Best Work Health & Safety Venue – Bentspoke Brewing Co
  • Excellence in Innovation, Sustainability & Environmental Practice – Little National Hotel
  • Best Wagering Venue – Page Tavern
  • Best Casual Dining Venue (JOINT WINNERS) – Molto, and Amici Wine Bar & Deli
  • Best Conference & Functions Venue – Hotel Realm
  • Mid-Range Hotel of the Year – Mercure Canberra Belconnen
  • Superior Hotel of the Year – East Hotel
  • Deluxe Hotel of the Year – Jamala Wildlife Lodge
  • Best Pub Eatery – Edgar’s Inn
  • Best Bar (Presentation & Service) – Molly
  • Accommodation Member of the Year – Justin Higgins, Hotel Realm
  • John Press Award – Jane Collins, The Dock

Anthony Brierley, General Manager of the Australian Hotels Association (ACT Branch) acknowledged the winners saying “These winners represent the most outstanding product, venues, service and personnel the local hospitality and tourism industry has to offer.”