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A banner at the 2015 Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards: Past winners

Each year, we crown the champions of Melbourne's bar scene. Here, you'll find them all in one place

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Time Out editors
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Since their inception in 2013, the Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards has quickly established itself as the bible for Melbourne's drinking scene. From Bar of the Year to the People's Choice, a Bar Awards trophy signals an establishment that is a notch above the rest.

Here, we present all of our Bar Award winners, dating back to our inaugural champions in 2013. For the most up-to-date guide to Melbourne's bar scene, be sure to check out our most recent winners of the Time Out Bar Awards, as well as our round-up of the 50 best bars in Melbourne.

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Best Wine Bar: Bellota Wine Bar
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • South Melbourne
  • price 2 of 4

South Melbourne, a suburb formerly known as the deadly desert, is now a destination for any fan of good wines and great times.

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People's Choice: Carlton Club
  • Bars
  • Melbourne
  • price 2 of 4

Decadence was clearly a watchword for whoever designed the Carlton Club, with its superb tropical rooftop and abundance of stuffed animals lining the walls.

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Hall of Fame: The Standard
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars
  • Fitzroy

Brunswick Street may be ground zero for cocktails in Fitzroy, but lurking in the back streets is one of Melbourne’s finest establishments for getting in your cups on sunny days, freezing nights and boring Mondays.

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Best Small Bar: Bar Americano
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Melbourne
  • price 2 of 4

This tiny Italian-style bar has three seats, enough room for about ten more people to squash in, and some of the finest cocktails in Melbourne.

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Best Pub: Grace Darling Hotel
  • Bars
  • Collingwood

Since its dramatic overhaul in mid 2009, the maritime-themed Grace Darling has become a hipster paradise with a band room, vintage fairs, rock trivia and a youthful, creative vibe.

Best Design: The Bridge Hotel
  • Bars
  • Burnley

The old Bridge used to be your typical no-nonsense boozer. But an extreme makeover in 2013 turned it into a veritable palace of fun, with an indoor cobblestone laneway, Banksy-style street art and an American diner.

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