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Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards 2015: Winners

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

Over 260 pub addicts gathered at Beer DeLuxe in the CBD last night to toast the city’s best pubs at the Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards. The celebrations were held as part of Good Beer Week 2015, which runs until Sunday 24 May, with Beer DeLuxe as its festival hub.

Nobody’s ever gone hungry or thirsty at a Time Out party, and this was no exception: mini versions of pub favourites – parma and chips, beef and veggie burgers, fish and chips, pasta and so on – kept everyone’s party spirits up. There was no stinting on booze, either, thanks to Little Creatures beers, Willie Smiths cider and Canadian Club cocktails.

Blues, rock and soul collective The Beans jetted in to keep bums from seats; other attractions included a photo booth and a raffle draw (winners walked away with a beer school hop pack, limited edition whisky and a whopping big meat tray).

Thunderous applause met the announcement of Pub of the Year winner The Last Jar, which also took out Best Pub Food. Best Beer List went to St Kilda stalwart The Local Taphouse (last year’s People’s Choice). 

The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne sprinted to victory, claiming Best Sports Pub, muso hero The Reverence Hotel won Best Live Music Pub and the modernised Marquis of Lorne nabbed the Pub Revival Award.

It’s official: Melbourne’s best publicans are Kieran Yewdall and Michael Shaughnessy, who shared the Publican of the Year award for their stellar work at The Catfish.

South Melbourne’s pub scene proved it's got the goods to rival the north, with The Railway Hotel claiming the Old School Pub Award. This year’s Legend was Abbotsford's famous gay pub The Laird.

It seems we chose wisely for our party venue: Beer DeLuxe's Hawthorn sister was named People’s Choice.

Guests left with a copy of the beer-lover’s bible, the Time Out Melbourne Pub Guide 2015, pub badges and plenty of Fotobox pics. Publican winners were given wall trophies and vouchers from hospitality apparel store Cargo Crew.

Drum roll, please…

Pub of the Year

The Last Jar

People's Choice

Beer DeLuxe, Hawthorn

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


The Catfish
Kieran Yewdall & Michael Shaughnessy


Highly commended
The Drunken Poet
Siobhan Dooley

Old School Pub Award

Railway Hotel, South Melbourne

The Legend Award

The Laird

Updated on 19 May 2015.

Photos by Graham Denholm & Jo Rose Stevens   |  
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