The recent Time Out Bar Awards have put the spotlight on the best of the country's drinking and dancing establishments, proving that the hospitality industry is well and truly thriving on Australian soil.
Australia's best bar tenders, owners, restaurateurs and more came together in Melbourne and Sydney for the annual Time Out Bar Awards, with a total lineup of around 1,000 members of the industry and Time Out readers. The November 23 event not only celebrated hospitality, but also ushered in summer at the same time.
Myffy Rigby, Time Out Chief Food and Drink Critic, proclaimed this year's events to be the biggest and most significant to date.
"We've been at this for seven years, constantly reevaluating what it is that makes a prize winner. And each time, we raise the bar a little higher," said Rigby.
Jess Ho, Time Out Melbourne Bars Editor, also commented on the event, as well as the industry in Melbourne.
"This year's pool of talent has made this job particularly hard, especially when you're pitting institutions against the newcomers who hit the ground running as soon as the doors opened," said Ho. "If the new bars are anything to go by, it's an exciting time to be drinking in Melbourne."
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So which bars took out the coveted Bar of the Year? Melbourne's cocktail haven The Everleigh scooped the top prize in its region, while the Sydney winner went to Earl's Juke Joint. The latter also won Bartender of the Year with Pasan Wijesena taking out the honours.
Sydney's Best New Bar prize and the Best Neighbourhood Bar award both went to Papa Gede's, while Melbourne's Le Bon Ton won that city's Best New Bar prize. The People's Choice went to ever-popular Goldilocks.