Time Out Melbourne

From Pub of the Year to the People’s Choice, Time Out Melbourne crowned the best brew havens in town at our first ever Pub Awards

"Our pubs tell the story of where Melbourne has come from and where we’re going,” says Gemima Cody, Time Out Melbourne’s Food and Drink Editor. “They’re both time capsules and industry leaders in supporting local brewers, spirit-makers and musicians. That deserves recognition, and those are stories we want to tell.”

Raising a pint to Melbourne’s finest watering holes was exactly what brought 200 punters, publicans and industry heavyweights to Collingwood’s recently revamped Gasometer Hotel on a Monday night. This time around, it was Time Out's turn to put on a spread, and brisket tacos, beef sliders and fried pickles never tasted better than paired with Little Creatures Pale Ale, Pilsner and Rogers’ ale, and Apple Thief Cider’s Granny Smith, William Pear and Pink Lady varieties. Upbeat soulsters the Holiday Adventure kept feet firmly planted on the dance floor, while a lucky few scored great prizes on the chocolate wheel, raising money for the good folk at Ozharvest.

Before long, Miro Bellini, co-founder of Good Beer Week took to the stage, enthusiastically reminding the crowd that the night also marked the launch of the first-ever Time Out Melbourne Pub Guide – your new definitive list of the top 50 pubs in the city. Everyone took home a copy, plus a $20 bar tab from our friends at the Aston Club.

Deafening applause met the announcement of Pub of Year winners Terminus Hotel. Best Beer List went to Werribee’s craft brew kings the Park Hotel, proving that sometimes, the ‘burbs still do it best. Andrew McConnell’s perfect cheese sandwiches and fish pies made the Builders Arms Hotel worthy winners of the Best Pub Food gong.

If you’ve ever breathed a sigh of relief at the ease with which Edinburgh Castle caters for little ones, then it’s no surprise that the Brunswick hero took out the Family Friendly Award. The Yarra Hotel was awarded Best Entertainment, and all that elbow grease paid off for the Savoy Tavern, who can take the Revival Award straight to their trophy room.

Then, forward-thinking Fitzroy stalwart the Rose Hotel won the Legend Award. And because we’re all about high-fiving the good guys, Matt and Melanie from the warm and friendly Reverence Hotel were awarded Publicans of the Year.

As for the People’s Choice Award, well, it seems you can’t argue with 300 different kinds of brews available every year – which is just one of the reasons why St Kilda’s Local Taphouse claimed victory. All proud publicans took home goodies from hospitality apparel store Cargo Crew, and of course, glittering trophies that they'll no doubt admire the next time they're pulling tasty pints.

And the winners are:

Pub of the Year

Terminus Hotel

People's choice

Local Taphouse

Best pub food

 

Winner
Builders Arms Hotel

 

Highly commended
Fitzroy Pinnacle

Best beer list

 

Winner
The Park Hotel

 

Highly commended
The Gertrude Hotel

Best entertainment

 

Winner
Yarra Hotel

 

Highly commended
Northcote Social Club

Family-friendly award

 

Winner
Edinburgh Castle Hotel

 

Highly commended
The Reverence Hotel

Revival award

 

Winner
The Savoy Tavern

 

Highly commended
The Prahran Hotel

Publican of the year

 

Winner
The Reverence Hotel

 

Highly commended
Terminus Hotel

The legend award

The Rose Hotel

Who won the bar awards?

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