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Awards 101** Time Out Australia Announces First Ever Melbourne Bar Awards and Sydney’s Sixth


Australia’s only consumer-based bar awards, the annual Time Out Bar Awards, will launch its first ever Melbourne awards ceremony at brand spanking new bar, The Emerson in South Yarra, on Monday 25 November from 6.30-10.30pm. The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island will also be turned into one giant party as the Time Out Sydney Bar Awards return on Sunday 1 December from 1-6pm.

The awards celebrate the best of what makes Sydney and Melbourne’s bar scenes special and the who’s who in each city will be attending, hoping for a chance at winning one of the coveted awards. The much-anticipated annual Time Out Bar Guides will also be launched at the event.

Bar lovers and those looking for a good old party are also welcome to attend. Tickets are just $50 (plus booking fee), and partygoers will be treated to Havana Club cocktails, Sail & Anchor beers, Rekorderlig Cider and Tempus Two Wines. There will also be live music to dance the day and night away to, more details to be announced soon.

Myffy Rigby, Time Out Australia’s chief food and drink critic and the editor of the annual Time Out Sydney Bar Guide, explains: “Time Out is entering a new phase with the Bar Awards. In six years in Sydney we’ve gone from blackened backrooms, to occupying an entire island. We’ve had the pleasure of having the Snowdroppers, Lanie Lane and the Rubens play to an audience that continues to grow more and more with each passing event. This year we’re also introducing a completely new awards program in Melbourne, which is a very exciting new phase in our history.”

There are 13 awards up for grabs this year in each city, including Best Bartender, Best Small Bar, Best Pub, Best Bar Food and Bar of the Year. 11 of the 13 awards are judged by a crack team of food and drink critics, who have spent countless nights sampling the best of what Sydney and Melbourne has to offer. Ten top industry influencers from each city will choose the Hot Talent award, and the final award, the People’s Choice, is judged by Time Out readers.

“When we’re looking at awarding bars, we’re looking for perfection, we’re looking for innovation, we’re looking for great drinks. But above all, we’re looking for a good time,” adds Myffy. “Time Out readers have high expectations when it comes to the bars they drink in, and we’re here to make sure they’re equipped with the best information.”

The nominees for each award and People’s Choice winners will be announced on Monday 28 October. Previous Sydney winners have gone on to become some of the city’s most popular watering holes, including Tio’s, Gardel’s, 121BC, Baxter Inn, Palmer and Co, Mojo Record Bar and the Wine Library.

Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards
Monday 25 November, 6.30-10.30pm
The Emerson, 143-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Tickets $50 (plus booking fee)

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards
Sunday 1 December, 1-6pm
The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island
Tickets $50 (plus booking fee)

For more information on Time Out Australia and the awards, visit or

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