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Time Out Pub Awards 2017: Nominees
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Time Out Pub Awards 2017: Nominees

Pub Revival Award Garden State Hotel The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar The Montague The Rose Stomping Ground Best Pub Food Builders Arms Hotel Lamaro's Bodega The Lincoln Marquis of Lorne The Woodlands Hotel Best Entertainment The Catfish The Corner Hotel The Gasometer Hotel The Reverence Hotel The Tote Best Beer List The Alehouse Project Forester’s Pub and Dining The Local Taphouse The Royston Terminus Hotel, North Fitzroy Best Sports Pub The Auburn Hotel The Crafty Squire The Great Northern Hotel Mountain View Hotel The Palace Hotel, South Melbourne Publican of the Year Mihir Mason, Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn Siobhan Dooley, The Drunken Poet Bridie Harrop, Clodagh Harris and Tracy Walsh, The Fox Hotel Iain Ling, The Lincoln Jessica McGrath, Mark Pratt and Billy the Pub Dog, Palace Hotel, South Melbourne Old School Pub Award Labour in Vain The Mitre Tavern Railway Club Hotel The Sherlock Holmes Town Hall Hotel, North Melbourne People's Choice: Best Pub This year we’re doing things a little differently when it comes to the People’s Choice category. You can see who is winning on the live updated leader board here, and there’s still time to make your vote count. People’s Choice: Best Regional PubWe all love a mini-break, and if there’s an excellent pub at the other end it’s all the better. We’ve asked you to nominate and vote for your favourite regional pubs in Victoria and the winner will be announced on the night. There’s still time to vot

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

These amazing watering holes represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking

The best breweries in Melbourne
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The best breweries in Melbourne

Get to know the city's best brewery bars, where fresh pints and good times await

The best beer gardens in Melbourne
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The best beer gardens in Melbourne

The sun's out, the beer is cold, and the city's outdoor drinking havens await

Where to drink right now

The best late-night bars in Melbourne
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The best late-night bars in Melbourne

Just because it's the small hours and you're up for a drink, it doesn't mean you want to be yelling over the music in a nightclub. Thankfully, there's plenty of places in Melbourne to enjoy a quiet(ish) beverage until sunrise – and with the 24-hour public transport network operating on weekends, it's easier than ever to get home.  For more nocturnal fun, check out our guide to late-night bottle shops and late-night dining. 

The best bars for drinking alone in Melbourne
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The best bars for drinking alone in Melbourne

Look, we're not here to judge. Maybe you just want to treat yourself to a little alone time and a good bottle of wine, or maybe you've clocked off early and need to kill some time before meeting up with friends. Maybe you're freelancing and coffee just isn't going to cut it any longer (oh yeah, we've been there). Whatever the reason, here's where to get a cheeky bevvy on your own in Melbourne. For more ideas, check out our guides to Melbourne's best wine bars, cocktail bars and hidden bars.

The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable bars and pubs

The best cocktail bars in Melbourne
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The best cocktail bars in Melbourne

We salute the best shakers, stirrers, mixers and muddlers of fine cocktails in Melbourne

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The best bars in Melbourne

The best hidden bars in Melbourne
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The best hidden bars in Melbourne

A bar hidden behind a bookshelf? Inside a fridge?! Melbourne does hidden bars like no other city

The best wine bars in Melbourne
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The best wine bars in Melbourne

Everywhere you should be sipping red, white and rosé in Melbourne this year

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne
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The best bars for dancing in Melbourne

This one's for all the discerning drinkers who also like to dance their pants off

The best pick-up bars in Melbourne
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The best pick-up bars in Melbourne

The places where you're most likely to get lucky (and the rest is up to you)

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

Choose your favourite drink

The best rum bars in Melbourne
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The best rum bars in Melbourne

Get a taste of the tropics at these bustling rum bars around Melbourne

The best gin bars in Melbourne
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The best gin bars in Melbourne

Gin's having a moment in Australia: here's where to get your hands on the best gin cocktails in Melbourne

Melbourne's drinking hotspots

Melbourne CBD
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Melbourne CBD

Inner-city Melbourne has a bar for every type of drinker imaginable

Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

Say hello to tequila, dumplings and tiki drinks along Melbourne's famed shopping strip

Fitzroy
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Fitzroy

Strap on your party boots and cocktail helmets: nowhere does fun drinking quite like Fitzroy

Brunswick
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Brunswick

Work your way from cheap beers to cocktails to sweet tunes along Sydney Road

Smith Street
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Smith Street

With Prohibition-era cocktails, arcade bars and even a bocce bar, Smith Street's bar scene is a blast

St Kilda
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St Kilda

Set your sights on the sea (and some damn good drinks) in the home of backpacker boozing

The best pubs in Melbourne

The 50 best pubs in Melbourne
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The 50 best pubs in Melbourne

Get the lowdown on Melbourne's best pubs in every corner of this great drinking city

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
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The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

Escape winter with a stick of firewood and a freshly pulled pint at these Melbourne pubs

The best gastropubs in Melbourne
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The best gastropubs in Melbourne

These fine institutions are serving up some seriously good pub grub that won't break the bank

The best beer gardens in Melbourne
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The best beer gardens in Melbourne

When the sun's out, here are our top picks for boozing in the great outdoors

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
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The best live music pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is truly blessed in the live music stakes. Here are a few of our favourite places to catch a gig

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Alluvial Restaurant
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Alluvial Restaurant

At Alluvial Restaurant the past never feels far away. You’ll find the dining room located between Collins Street’s Rialto and Winfield buildings, both of which were built in the 1890s during the twilight years of Melbourne’s gold rush; the former is designed in Venetian neo-gothic style. Once a laneway, Alluvial Restaurant is now a soaring glass atrium, running all the way from Collins Street to Flinders Lane. Look up, and you’ll notice floors of five-star hotel rooms that once served as wool and wheat stores. Look down, and you might miss another of Alluvial Restaurant’s secrets: beneath the floorboards is the original bluestone cobbled laneway. While Alluvial Restaurant embraces its history, there is nothing passé about chef Tijn Bremmers’ menu, which takes inspiration from Melbourne’s many diverse cultures and brings them to life using local produce, fresh herbs from the hotel’s rooftop garden and honey harvested from their rooftop beehives. Start with finely sliced kingfish ceviche, topped with thin ribbons of cucumber and flanked by button-sized dollops of zingy lemon gel. Seafood lovers will also jump on the squid ink linguine – heirloom tomatoes and crayfish butter providing a rich sauce to the fat tiger prawns. Moreton Bay bugs come adorned with flavoursome crisp chicken skin, along with mild, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin ravioli. And those crunchy, smoked paprika fries with garlic aioli? Follow your instinct and order them. When it comes to choosing a wine from the 1

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Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time
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Here's what it's like to try opera for the first time

Opera is one of our most revered forms of culture. But with great reputation comes a high intimidation-factor. At Time Out, we’re lucky enough to have seen plenty of operas, so we know it’s not all valkyries in horned helmets and heavy breast armour. But we also know not everyone has been so lucky. Like Shakespeare, The Iliad and The Odyssey or Jane Austen, opera has worked itself so deeply into our pop-cultural imaginations that most of us can probably recognise Bizet’s ‘Habanera’ aria, or the twisty plotting of Cosi Fan Tutte without necessarily knowing where it came from. Given this sense of familiarity, we figured that for most people, seeing a famous opera for the first time will feel more like reconnecting with an old friend than meeting someone new. To test the theory, we gathered together four young creative types, with very different backgrounds, from three different cities, with one thing in common: they’d never been to the opera as an adult. We brought them all to Sydney for Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme and filmed the results.   Melburnian Ali Barter may make grungy guitar pop now, but the Girlie Bits singer is also a classically trained soprano. As a kid, she’d actually appeared on stage in an opera, but she’d never seen one performed before. “I imagine I’m going to be blown away by their technical ability,” she told us before the show. True to her word, she came out impressed. “Just their breathing ability… it was incredible. Now I kn

Cabaret the Musical
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Cabaret the Musical

Transport yourself to the last days of bohemian hedonism in pre-Nazi Berlin when Kander and Ebb's great musical Cabaret comes to the Athenaeum Theatre. The Melbourne run will see Paul Capsis take on the role of the louche Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub, and Chelsea Gibb playing the Klub's star attraction, Sally Bowles.  Expect plenty of jazz hands, skimpy costumes, feather boas and famous numbers such as 'Willkomen', 'Money (Makes the World Go Around)' and 'Don't Tell Mama'. Choreography is by Kelley Abbey and musical direction by Lindsay Partridge.  If you really want to make a night out of it, make sure you book one of the Kit Kat Club Tables, which will have you seated front and centre, right up in the action. Find out more about Cabaret the Musical.