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Time Out Pub Awards: Past winners

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

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Since their inception in 2014, the Time Out Melbourne Pub Awards has quickly established itself as the bible for Melbourne's pub scene. From Pub of the Year to the People's Choice, a Pub Awards trophy signals a boozer that is a notch above the rest.

Here, we present all of our Pub Award winners, beginning with our inaugural champions in 2014. For the most up-to-date guide to Melbourne's pub scene, be sure to check out our most recent winners of the Time Out Pub Awards, as well as our round-up of the best pubs in Melbourne.

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Pub of the Year: Terminus Hotel

You can tell a lot about a pub from its taps. At the Terminus, they stock such a stellar line up of craft beers and punch those kegs so quickly, it’s printed-and-laminated labels instead of badges fronting half the line.

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Fitzroy North

Best Entertainment: Yarra Hotel

There are too few good old-fashioned boozers these days. The new team behind the refurbished Yarra Hotel would agree with that, as they’ve transformed the neglected local pub into a welcoming den of golden beeriness and decorative warmth.

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Family-Friendly Award: Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Everyone is welcome at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel. Beneath the alpine mural in the sprawling front bar, you might find chunky, tatted rockers pushing wagyu beef burgers past their whiskers, while three year olds cruise past them on the complimentary trikes. This is a true community pub, where families feel welcomed rather than just equipped.

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Revival Award: The Savoy Tavern

Until two decades worth of band posters were scraped off this corner of Bourke and Spencer Street we had clean forgotten that a pub lay beneath. Now, the Savoy Tavern stands open and party-light-filled once more.

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Publican of the Year: The Reverence Hotel

The Reverence is a church where live music is the religion and the doors are open to any and all who seek its comfort. Because far from the fundamentalist worship of rock, the Rev plays host to a staggering variety of local, national and international acts of every flavour from tango to trance.

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Legend Award: The Rose

There was a time in Fitzroy when the men drank beer, the women drank beer, and Queenslanders weren’t allowed to play footy. The Rose Hotel is one of the few still hanging on to the good old days, surviving and thriving as a hold out of honest, old school pub awesomeness.

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People's Choice: The Local Taphouse

Let’s talk about that beer. The name taphouse is well earned, as these champions of brew pour over 400 beers a year through their constantly changing taps. There’s also a full calendar of sudsy events, unsurprising seeing as founders Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone also started the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular.

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St Kilda
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The best pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that really knows how to do pubs. From beer halls with more than 50 craft beer taps to cozy locals with a great fireplace, there's a pub for every occasion.

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