If you haven’t heard the news yet, the 2018 Myanmore Dining and Nightlife awards are around the corner—and they’re set to be the most exciting yet.

Vote now for your favorite venues in the five new excellence-based award categories up for grabs. The venues from each category with the most nominations will be compiled into a shortlist, and a panel of independent expert judges will then decide the winners based on product, environment, and service.

Plus there will be six new and innovate award categories that celebrate special contributions to excellence by individuals and teams. Nominations for these awards will come from both the public and industry and will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

We caught up with Father’s Office, a trendy downtown bar that scooped last year’s Best Entrepreneur Award by KBZ.

Located between Mahabandoola and Anawrahta Road, the venue has gone from strength to strength since winning the accolade, becoming the first bar in the area to supply Burbrit—Myanmar’s first craft beer—and enjoying international exposure as an example of contemporary Yangon.

“[The award] helped quite a lot,” said Father’s Office co-founder Hnin Yee Htun Win. “Especially when it comes to customers. Just after the awards we began receiving more locals compared to before.”

The boost in local customers influenced changes to the menu, such as more Asian fusion dishes, she explained. And the award has given the cozy establishment an advantage from a marketing perspective, she added.

KBZ will be lending its support for the fourth year running and will be again presenting the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award. Other previous award winners include Min Lann Seafood restaurant and Genius Shan Highlands Coffee, whose team used their 2015 win as a springboard to grow their fledgling company into the celebrated social enterprise that it is today.

This month you can help shine the spotlight on some of the most deserving venues in Yangon by voting at Myanmore.com.

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