POV is the only D.C. lounge/bar/pub/mega-club/watering hole named as a finalist this year for the Nightclub & Bar Awards. The uber-posh rooftop lounge at the W Hotel earned a nomination in the — who’d a guessed it? — Hotel Bar category.

Now perhaps all this means something in your world. To be honest, until yesterday I had never heard of Nightclub & Bar, the trade magazine behind the awards. My lack of familiarity with publication, of course, says absolutely nothing.

The magazine does host the massive Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, which attracts thousands to Las Vegas and must be, I’d guess, the largest gathering of professional drink-slingers on Earth. (Hmm, does the show reduce its chosen trade to a series of snooze-inducing panels like most conventions do, thereby rendering drinking as boring as, say, computer chip technology?) The mag, in other words, seems to have some cred.

I have to admit, though, that its credibility took a hit when the magazine didn’t include Birch & Barley/ChurchKey among the finalists for Beer Bar of the Year. Seriously, how on earth could you overlook the place with 500-plus beers available (and 50-plus on draft), courtesy of the single-biggest beer geek I know?And that doesn’t even take into consideration that B&B/CK goes one step further and pairs beer with food.

Maybe the place is too young? Well, B&B/CK opened in October; POV opened in July. Is anyone going to argue that three months makes all the difference?

Y&H Nation, what’s your thought on Birch & Barley/ChurchKey and the Nightclub & Bar Awards? Slight or oversight? Any other slights you see on the list (which is published after the jump)?

By the way, Frederick’s Champion Billiards Sports Café earned a nod in the Sports Bar of the Year category. All winners will be announced next month.


Mega-Club of the Year

* Pacha NYC, New York

* Rain, Las Vegas

* Stingaree, San Diego

* XS, Las Vegas

New Club of the Year

* Infusion Lounge, San Francisco

* Playhouse Hollywood, Los Angeles

* Voyeur, West Hollywood

* XS, Las Vegas

Nightclub of the Year

* The Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles

* Lavo, Las Vegas

* Opera, Atlanta

* Tao, Las Vegas

* Tryst, Las Vegas

Ongoing Promotion of the Year

* Pacha NYC, New York – Toolroom Knights

* Rain, Las Vegas — Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto Vegas

* Hard Rock, Las Vegas – Rehab

* Tao, Las Vegas – Worship Thursdays

Resident DJ

* Danny Tenaglia – Pacha NYC, New York

* Paul Oakenfold – Rain, Las Vegas

* Roonie G – Opera, Atlanta

* Z-Trip – Rain, Las Vegas

Single Promotion of the Year

* Four Year Anniversary – Tao, Las Vegas

* Love Festival – Palms, Las Vegas

* Midsummer Night’s Dream – Palms, Las Vegas

* The Young & The Restless – Opera, Atlanta

Ultra-Lounge of the Year

* 32° Degrees Lux Lounge, Philadelphia

* Blush Boutique Lounge, Las Vegas

* Halo, Atlanta

* Pink Monkey, Chicago


Bartender of the Year (category sponsored by Absolut Vodka)

* Charles Joly – The Drawing Room, Chicago

* Columbine Quillen — The Blacksmith Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge, Bend, Ore.

* H. Joseph Ehrmann – Elixir, San Francisco

* Russell Davis – Peche, Austin

Beer Bar of the Year

* Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Philadelphia

* Gritty McDuff’s, Portland, Maine

* Tapwerks Ale House & Café, Oklahoma City

* Willimantic Brewing Company, Willimantic, Conn.

Cocktail Lounge of the Year (category sponsored by Absolut Vodka)

* 675 Bar, New York

* The Drawing Room, Chicago

* Frankie’s Tiki Room, Las Vegas

* The Naga Cocktail Lounge, Bellevue, Wash.

Hotel Bar

* 207, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

* BOND Restaurant & Lounge, The Langham, Boston

* Hudson Bar, Hudson Hotel, New York

* POV, W Hotel, Washington, DC

Small Wonder Bar of the Year

* The Empty Glass, Charleston, West Virginia

* In Between, Honolulu

* Manifesto, Kansas City

* Qua Bottle Lounge, Austin

Sports Bar of the Year

* Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill, Las Vegas

* Champion Billiards Sports Café, Frederick, Md.

* Connolly’s Sports Bar & Grill, Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

* Jerome Bettis Grill 36, Pittsburgh

Wine Bar of the Year

* Ivy Ultra Lounge and Wine Bar, San Diego

* Flute Midtown, New York

* Mercy Wine Bar, Dallas

* Zebra’s Bistro & Wine Bar, Medfield, Mass.

Photo courtesy of the W Hotel