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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

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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Bar of the Year: Black Pearl

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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Fitzroy

Best Bar Food: Cumulus Up

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.

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Melbourne

People's Choice: Carlton Club

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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Melbourne

Hall of Fame: The Standard

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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Fitzroy
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Best Pub: Grace Darling Hotel

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.

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Collingwood

Best Design: The Bridge Hotel

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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Burnley
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More Melbourne bars we love

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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By: Time Out editors

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