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
Photograph: Graham Denholm
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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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Arch at Black Pearl
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

Bar of the Year: Black Pearl

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The formula is simple: great cocktails, good chat and a stellar iPod mix of doo-wop, bluegrass and 'Ride like the Wind' by Christopher Cross.

Also: Best Bartender (Evan Stanley)

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A bowl of three profiteroles being drizzled with melted chocolat
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Craft beer

Best Bar Food: Cumulus Up

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It will come as a shock to nobody that Andrew McConnell, the chef-restauranteur behind Cutler and Co and Cumulus Inc, does good bar food.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Best Small Bar: Hihou

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Simon Denton's stunning Japanese cocktail bar has sophistication and grace, with just a hint of insanity as well.

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Bars

People's Choice: Carlton Club

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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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Bars, Pubs

Hall of Fame: The Standard

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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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Bars, Cocktail bars

Best New Bar: Hihou

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This Japanese bar has more grace and charm in its toilets than most bars could ever hope to possess.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Best Small Bar: Bar Americano

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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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Bars, Cocktail bars

Best Bar Food: Eau De Vie

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Here is a bar where you can confidently pull up a perch and instruct the bartender to let her rip. You can't go wrong.

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Bars

Best Pub: Grace Darling Hotel

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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.

Bars

Best Design: The Bridge Hotel

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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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More Melbourne bars we love

Whisky and Alement bartender
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne

Time Out's editors tortured their brains (and destroyed their livers) to bring you this: the definitive guide to drinking in Melbourne.

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