The Australian Hotels Association has just revealed its NSW finalists for the 2018 Awards for Excellence.

The awards showcase over 40 categories including Best Live Music Venue and Best Nightlife Venue. 

AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said there was "a record 630 nominations from right across NSW which really shows the quality of our hotels right across the board". 

“The Awards for Excellence are about recognising the hard work and dedication that goes into running a quality hotel in NSW – and our finalists reflect that.

“Sydney’s hotels really do set the standard for innovation and quality service and that is reflected in the list of finalists across the full range of categories. I wish all finalists the best of luck and congratulate them on running terrific venues.”

Check out the Best Live Music Venue and Best Nightlife Venue categories below or follow the link here to see all the finalists. 

Best Live Music Venue

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West

Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee

Donnys, Manly

Florida Beach Bar, Terrigal

Kings Cross Hotel, Potts Point

Mercantile Hotel, The Rocks

Shoal Bay Country Club, Shoal Bay

The Bayview Hotel, Woy Woy

The Bourbon Hotel, Potts Point 

The Sheaf, Double Bay

Best Nightlife Venue

Cruise Bar, West Circular Quay

Daniel San, Manly

Imperial Hotel Erskineville, Erskineville

Kings Cross Hotel, Potts Point

Side Bar, Haymarket

The Albion Hotel, Parramatta