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Time Out Bar Awards: Nominees

Drum roll, please! The nominees for the 2019 Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards are...

Pouring drinks at Bar Liberty
Photograph: Graham Denholm
By Time Out editors |
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It's time to celebrate the tastemakers and boozeshakers in this fine city in the annual Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards. The 2019 awards will toast the city’s best cocktail bars, new bars, wine bars, bartenders, rising stars and more at the party for the party-makers at Transport Public Bar on Sunday March 3. So who is up for the top gong in each category? Read on, bar lovers, to find out which venues have been killing it over the last 12 months.

People's Choice Award 
Vote now to have your say on Melbourne's best bar.

Bar of the Year
No nominees – winner to be announced on the night.

Best New Bar
Bar Romantica, Brunswick East
Clooney Kitchen and Bar, Port Melbourne
Congress, Collingwood
Ends and Means, Fitzroy
Galah, Windsor
The Ghost of Alfred Felton, St Kilda
Miss Moses, Brunswick
Mjølner, Melbourne
Westwood, West Melbourne
Wolf and Swill, Thornbury

Best Cocktail Bar
Above Board, Collingwood
Beneath Driver Lane, Melbourne
Black Pearl, Fitzroy
The Everleigh, Fitzroy
Whisky and Alement, Melbourne

Best Wine Bar
Bar Liberty, Fitzroy
Carlton Wine Room, Carlton
Congress, Collingwood
Cumulus Up, Melbourne
Kirk’s Wine Bar, Melbourne

Best Bar Food
Arlechin, Melbourne
Bar Tini, Melbourne
Clooney Kitchen and Bar, Port Melbourne
Congress, Collingwood
Westwood, West Melbourne

Best Bar Team
Clooney Kitchen and Bar, Port Melbourne
The Elysian Whisky Bar, Fitzroy
The Everleigh, Fitzroy
Mr West, Footscray
Union Electric, Melbourne

Bartender of the Year

Lewis Halls, Bad Frankie
Josh Hodges, Mr West
Hayden Lambert, Above Board
Darren Leaney, Capitano
Matt Linklater, Black Pearl

Hot Talent Award
Lachlan Bentley, The Everleigh
Chelsea Catherine, Black Pearl
Jessica Clayfield, Gin Palace
Brandon Jo, Eau De Vie
Chelsea Lamperd, Beneath Driver Lane

Legend Award
No nominees – winner to be announced on the night.

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Time Out thanks Malibu and Urban Alley Brewery for making these awards possible.

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