The winners of the 2020 Time Out Bar Awards for Sydney and Melbourne have been revealed at celebratory events in the cities over the past fortnight.

The awards are designed to celebrate the spaces and faces that are doing great work for the nightlife of Sydney and Melbourne. There were nine awards presented to the Melbourne bar community, and 11 for Sydney.

Celebrations for the Melbourne finalists and winners took place at General Assembly in South Wharf, with a 400-person-strong event hosted by podcasting duo, Annie and Bianka.

On the night, Romeo Lane took out the top prize for Bar of the Year, also scooping up Best Cocktail Bar too. Another double winner was Bar Liberty, who won Best Wine Bar and Bartender of the Year with their very own Nick Tesar.

The following week, the Sydney celebration packed 700 people into the Powerhouse Museum for an event hosted by comedian Matt Okine.

Sydney’s awards showcased a wide range of bar excellence that the city has to offer, but in the end PS40 came out victorious as Bar of the Year. Some great talent from the CBD was also recognised, with Lobo Plantation’s Mary White named as Bartender of the Year, and Stuart Knox from Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant receiving the Legend Award.

You can find all the winners for both cities below.

Sydney awards:

  • Bar of the Year – PS40, CBD
  • Best Cocktail Bar – Double Deuce Lounge, CBD
  • Best Pub – Public House Petersham
  • Best Wine Bar – Where’s Nick, Marrickville
  • Best New Bar – Cantina OK!, CBD
  • Rising Talent Award – Atlanta Pahulu, Bulletin Place, CBD
  • Bartender of the Year – Mary White, The Lobo Plantation, CBD
  • Best Bar Team – Earl’s Juke Joint, Newtown
  • Best Bar Food – The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo
  • People’s Choice Award – The Doss House, the Rocks
  • Legend Award – Stuart Knox, Fix Wine Bar + Restaurant, CBD

Melbourne awards:

  • Bar of the Year – Romeo Lane, CBD
  • Best Cocktail Bar – Romeo Lane, CBD
  • Best Wine Bar – Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
  • Best New Bar – Bar Margaux, CBD
  • Bartender of the Year – Nick Tesar, Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
  • Best Bar Team – The Shady Lady, Fitzroy
  • Best Bar Food – Old Palm Liquor, East Brunswick
  • People’s Choice Award – Ends and Means, Fitzroy
  • Legend Award – Miss Pearls, Madame Brussels, CBD

Head image by Carmen Zammit.

Brydie Allen

Brydie Allen is the Editor of National Liquor News. She has been with Food and Beverage Media since 2019, when she joined the company as a journalist across National Liquor News, Bars & Clubs, The...

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