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Time Out crowns Melbourne’s top pubs

May 19, 2015
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The winners of the 2nd annual Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards have been announced. The awards, which recognise the city’s top watering holes, both old and new, were held last night at Beer DeLuxe in Federation Square, the official Hub of Good Beer Week and one of the Week’s major events.

Melbourne’s top publicans, bartenders and industry folk were in attendance, rubbing shoulders with more than 260 partygoers over Little Creatures beers, Willie Smiths cider, cocktails from Canadian Club, live music from pub band The Beans and great pub snacks including mini fish and chips and chicken schnitzels. There was a gold coin raffle and badge draw to add to the classic pub atmosphere. The Time Out Melbourne Pub Guide 2015, the city’s ultimate pub bible, was also launched at the event and will be available from leading retailers for $4.95 from Thursday 21 May.

Tme Out CEO Mike Rodrigues (L) with Pub Of The Year winners, The Last Jar

Tme Out CEO Mike Rodrigues (L) with Pub Of The Year winners, The Last Jar

There were 10 awards up for grabs including Pub of the Year, Publican of the Year and Best Pub Revival. Time Out’s team of experts judged nine of the awards, while the People’s Choice Award was judged by Time Out readers. This year’s winners not only walked away with the glory and an honorary place in this year’s Pub Guide, but were also given vouchers for hospitality apparel label, Cargo Crew.

Time Out Melbourne Pubs Editor, Fred Siggins, explains: “The pubs of Melbourne are as integral to our culture as good coffee, bad weather and AFL. The best among them support live music, good food, craft beer and a positive drinking culture. It’s a real pleasure to have the opportunity to recognise such an important part of what makes Melbourne awesome.”

And the winners are…

PUB OF THE YEAR
The Last Jar

BEST PUB FOOD
The Last Jar
Highly Commended:
The Railway, Windsor

BEST BEER LIST
The Local Taphouse
Highly Commended:
Beer DeLuxe, Hawthorn

BEST SPORTS PUB
The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne
Highly Commended:
College Lawn Hotel

BEST LIVE MUSIC PUB
The Reverence Hotel
Highly Commended:
The Curtin

PUB REVIVAL AWARD
Marquis of Lorne
Highly Commended:
Cherry Tree Hotel

PUBLICAN OF THE YEAR
Kieran Yewdall + Michael Shaughnessy, The Catfish
Highly Commended:
Siobhan Dooley, The Drunken Poet

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Beer DeLuxe, Hawthorn

OLD SCHOOL PUB AWARD
Railway Hotel, South Melbourne

LEGEND AWARD
The Laird

For further information on this year’s awards and winners, visit:
www.au.timeout.com/melbourne/bars/events/14221/time-out-pub-awards

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