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.
In 2017, the Palace remains one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Melbourne pubdom. On every scale one could judge a pub, these guys top the list.
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.
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.
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.
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.