About the Restaurant & Bar Awards

Restaurant & Bar Awards

LUXlife is proud to announce the return of the Restaurant and Bar Awards for the seventh consecutive year! This annual awards programme showcases those who stand out within the hospitality industry. From the cocktail bar to the fine dining establishment, the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023 are the perfect place to be recognised for your successes.

The 2023 edition of the Restaurant and Bar Awards once again aims to shine a light on the best eateries around the world. We understand just how challenging recent years have been for this industry, and so we operate an open-voting policy whereby relevant businesses around the globe are welcome to participate and achieve well-deserved recognition. Winning an award is one of the best ways to demonstrate your success and attract new customers - who doesn’t want to be an award winner?

The Restaurant and Bar sector is indeed a financial powerhouse and important component of many social lifestyles. Having adapted and overcome many difficulties during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown periods, this sector has embraced new innovative methods to manage and deliver those services customers sorely missed. From the small local eatery to the flourishing family-run restaurant chain, there is an abundance of industry excellence to celebrate.

Competition is rife, with the desire to stand out and rise above your competitors a universal wish. However, this is where the Restaurant and Bar Awards comes into play. We understand the current restaurant landscape and how important it is to market your business to attract new clientele. Receiving an award, therefore, is a vital aspect of successful restaurant management, and we showcase only the crème de la crème of the Restaurant and Bar sector. So why not take part in the Restaurant and Bar Awards?

LUXlife is proud to state that our Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023 are not pay-to-play, and the entrants are judged purely on their merit and capabilities. We make sure to offer both commercial and complimentary advertising options to those who are successful in the programme and, as a result, we are able to publicise the establishments who are often overlooked. Regardless of size, location, or reputation, we at LUXlife want to award all of those who deserve to be congratulated, utilising our in-house research team to analyse and shortlist prospective winners.

We accept self-nominations and third-party votes so please do get in touch if you would like to take part, or if you know of a business that deserves to be recognised. Taking part in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023 is a fantastic opportunity to illustrate your hard work and achievements of the past year!

Need Help With Your Nomination? We can point you in the right direction.

The Nomination Team can assist with answering any queries that you have regarding a nomination, or the process involved in taking part in one of our award programmes.

Please get in touch with us via email or over the phone if you have any questions - we are happy to help!

Key Dates

Entries Open:

Friday 21st October 2022

Entries Closed:

Monday 9th January 2023

Winners Announced:

May 2023

See our archive of previous winners


How it works


We operate an open-vote policy, whereby any organisation can put themselves forward or be nominated by a third party. Votes are cast anonymously via our secure online portal. Voting is promoted digitally to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, across our social media platforms and where appropriate, across our partner network. We, the publisher, also nominate candidates whom we feel are appropriate and deserving of recognition. The number of votes is not directly influential to the ultimate category winners.

All nominees will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept, or decline, their nomination. Only those who accept, will go on to form our shortlist.

Our specialist researchers scrutinise the shortlisted candidates, putting them through a period of extensive investigation prior to judging where we will make the ultimate decision. We review supporting evidence submitted by the nominees in addition to conducting our own independent research. The probe is typically centred around the evaluation of skills and services on offer; we will consider client and customer feedback and testimonials whilst recognising the nominee’s wider market reputation.

To move successfully, from nominee to winner; there must be evidence of extensive expertise within a given field or discipline, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation.

After notification of their success, our winners are given a time-frame to discuss the celebratory items on offer. We are proudly not a pay-to-play enterprise with all winners encouraged to select a promotional package, be it commercial or free of charge.

When we make the formal announcement, we again reach out to LUX magazine’s extensive circulation, as well as our social media followers and, where appropriate, across our partner networks to promote the news.


When did LUX launch?
Today, LUX is one of AI Global Media’s most popular standalone publications but it launched as a bi-product of the luxury lifestyle sections from two of our flagship brands, Acquisition International & Wealth & Finance. In this respect, we’ve been active in the Lifestyle Sector since 2010; however, as demand for this type of coverage increased, we made the decision, in 2015, to separate the content and launch LUX, as an independent brand.

Who nominated me?
A large part of the nomination process is driven by LUX, we spend a great deal of time identifying potentially suitable candidates within their appropriate markets. A publisher-cast nomination doesn’t hold any more weight than a self, or third-party nomination, they all filter through to the research stage in the same manner.

If you didn’t self-nominate the nomination will have come from either a third-party vote via our online voting form or, by us the publisher. We run the nomination process via our website entirely anonymously, prohibiting us to provide specific details. Tried and tested over the years, response rates are always higher this way. As we operate in this manner, we run a very rigorous filtering system and do not directly link the number of votes received with success. We store encrypted versions of the IP address associated with the nomination, allowing us to track unusual behaviour.

I’ve accepted the nomination, what happens next?
Once a nomination is accepted, the organisation will be moved on to our shortlist. Shortlisted parties are encouraged to submit supporting materials via our optional questionnaire. This is the perfect opportunity to put forward any specifics you’d like our judging panel to take into consideration before they undertake extensive research for up to 8 weeks.

Who makes the final decision?
We have an entirely unbiased internal panel. It consists of an international, collective of individuals, with backgrounds from a myriad of fields, such as business, economy, politics, media, journalism, history and education. The panel is led by a veteran academic leader with international pedagogic and coaching experience who is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation; allowing the panel to operate with efficacy and dependability.

When’s the ceremony?
We do not gather our winners together to present the news. We’re a little bit too new-media for that! All announcements are made digitally, online and across our network. Hosting events and celebration dinners is an expense we’d rather our clients not entertain. We’d much rather keep the cost of our services and products low, so our winners can choose to spend money on marketing that generates real-world value.

So, what happens if I do win?
You get to select the level of coverage that suits you and we set to work to prepare all the relevant elements in time for our public announcement. Our main coverage takes the form of a digital winner’s magazine, but we also offer physical trophies, certificates and varied online packages offering social media exposure.
We have a highly experienced editorial and production department who will guide you through this process and give you full control over your eventual coverage.

What are the costs?
There are no obligatory costs in accepting a nomination or winning a LUX award. In fact, to demonstrate our commitment to this, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain, regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to leverage the value of the award and our seal of approval.

We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.

It’s important to highlight, all conversations pertaining commercial add-ons are conducted after winners are announced, so there is no possibility an organisation can influence any internal decisions, based on their appetite to spend on marketing; this remains our utmost concern.