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These are the nominees for the Time Out Bar & Restaurant Revive Awards

Time Out readers voted for their favourite venues in a show of post-lockdown love

By Time Out in association with American Express

Voting has now closed in the Revive Awards. Winners announced Monday November 8 at 5pm.

During an agonising year for the hospitality industry, we’ve been in and out, open and shut, and struggling under lockdown numbers four, five and six – just waiting for the word that it’s safe to return to the city’s bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Now that time is finally in sight – and we’d like to show the industry how much we’ve missed it. In partnership with American Express, we’re launching the Time Out Bar & Restaurant Revive Awards, a reader-voted celebration of our favourite venues to help kickstart the reopening of Melbourne. 

Here’s how it works. Head to the Revive voting site and pick your favourites across 20 categories both ‘IN’ (to recognise the venues that have stayed open with pivots, deliveries and initiatives under lockdown) and ‘OUT’ (to salute our favourites, the places we just can’t wait to get back into as soon as we can). 

Here at Time Out, our expert critics have thought long and hard about whom to longlist for these awards. It ultimately came down to the places we love the most and the places that have helped get us through – but we also thought about diversity of offering, geographical spread, and all the things that a healthy range of venues can bring to a city’s food and drink scene. And while we’ve narrowed the field, we are inviting readers to vote here for the winners. Voting closes Sunday, October 31 and we'll announce the winners at an online ceremony at 4.30pm on Monday, November 8

The ‘OUT’ categories are all venues that were doing amazing work in 2021 when they were permitted to be open. But we recognise that you may disagree with our choices, so we’ve also made it possible for you to write in your own choices too. We’ll ensure that up to three of the most popular write-in votes each week get added to the nominees list. 

UPDATE: On October 11 we added reader write-in nominations for the following venues to our lists: Ona Coffee; the Great Northern; Bijou; Ends & Means; the Wanderer Thai Kitchen & Bar; Curious; Code Black; Industry Beans; Tian38; and Covid-19 EAD. Check back here each Monday evening to see if your favourite venue has made the list.

UPDATE: On October 18 we added reader write-in nominations for the following venues to our lists: Bala Sanga; Bar Thyme; Borek Shop; Carwyn Cellars; Coffee Supreme; the Cornish Arms; Everyday; Gimlet; Green Refectory; Entrecôte; Higher Ground; Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe; Lankan Tucker; Lukumades; Lune Croissanterie; Maha; Maker; Marion; Meet Sando; Mr West; Naked for Satan; the Napier; Navi; Nick & Nora's; Noisy Ritual; Otter’s Promise; Patricia Coffee Brewers; Rice Paper Scissors; Stan’s Deli; Sunda; Taita’s House; Trouble in Dreams; Ugly Duckling; Wilbury & Sons.

UPDATE: On October 25 we added reader write-in nominations for the following venues to our lists: the Alps; Aru; Black Star Pastry; Cherry Bar; Corner Hotel; Dexter; Eleni’s Kitchen & Bar; Falco; Farmers Daughters; Florian Eatery; Goldilocks; Kenangan; The Local Drop; Old Palm Liquor; Ona Coffee; the Plough; the Purple Emerald; Rusty’s Sandwich Parlour; Seddon Wine Store; Smith & Deli; Top Paddock. 

So what are the categories and who has been nominated? Drum roll please…


Favourite Cocktail Delivery

Back Alley Sally's

Baxter's Lot

Black Pearl


Cherry Bar

Ends & Means

The Everleigh Bottling Co

The Elysian

The Purple Emerald

Rascal Brunswick

Romeo Lane

Starward Whisky

Trouble in Dreams

Ugly Duckling

Whisky & Alement


Favourite Food & Drink Reinvention

14 Days of Cheese virtual cheese festival

Anchovy's banh mi bar Ca Com

Bar Romantica transforming into a Pizzetta Shop

Cannoleria by That's Amore DIY cannoli kits

Ends & Means sustainable canned cocktails

Gray and Gray khachapuri hotline

Hope St Radio offering Moroccan chraime pockets

Pinchy's going on tour

Poodle's Roccos Bologna

Robata's yakitori and disposable grills at home

Teller becoming a fish and chippery

Tulum's simit cart

Vex Dining offers Jamaican chicken


Favourite Overall Booze Delivery

Atlas Vinifera

Bright Brewery

Carwyn Cellars

Halle Aux Vins

Little Lon

The Local Drop

Moon Dog Brewery

Mr West

Old Palm Liquor

Otter's Promise

Noisy Ritual

Public Wine Shop

Sol y Vino

Starward Distillery

Vivant Selections


Favourite Dessert Delivery


Black Star Pastry

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

The Cookie Box

Gelato Papa


Holy Sugar

Kariton Sorbetes


Lune Croissanterie

Mörk Chocolate Brew House


Pidapipó Gelateria


Favourite Sandwich Joint

Bala Sanga


Frankie's Tortas and Tacos

Hector's Deli

Kelso's Sandwich Shoppe

Maker and Monger

Matteo's Delicatessen

Meet Sando


Ollie's Deli

Rocco's Delicatessen

Rusty's Sandwich Parlour

Saul's Sandwiches

Smith & Deli

Stan's Deli



Favourite Coffee

Axil Coffee Roasters

Small Batch Roasting Co


Code Black

Coffee Supreme

Dukes Coffee Roasters


Industry Beans


Market Lane Coffee

Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird

Ona Coffee

Padre Coffee

Proud Mary

Seven Seeds

St Ali


Favourite At-Home Restaurant Experience – Casual Gems

Copper Pot


Dodee Paidang


Hardware Club



Lankan Tucker

Mister Bianco

Ms Frankie

Rice Paper Scissors


Spice Mix Restaurant

Teta Mona


Warung Agus

Yoi Indonesian Fusion


Favourite At-Home Restaurant Experience – Fine Dining




Greasy Zoe's

Grossi Florentino






Pt Leo Estate

Vue de Monde


Community Spirit Award

1800 Lasagne's Community Giveaway

Carmelo's Wood Fired Pizza $10 pizza and pastas for everyone

Covid-19 EAD

Daughter in Law's free meals to affected hospitality workers

Eleni's Kitchen & Bar free meals on Thursdays

Good Gnocchi's free food initiative

Hope St Radio's free soup offer

The Local Drop's free produce boxes

Maria's Pasta community meals

Shop Bao Ngoc Brunswick's community fridge

Stan's Deli's pay it forward

Yeah Boy's meals for out-of-work gym workers

Zsa's Bar Bistro Deli's free meals for affected hospitality workers



Favourite Café

Brother Baba Budan


Duke's Coffee Roasters

Florian Eatery

Higher Ground

Ima Project Café

Lankan Tucker

Light Years

Mabu Mabu

Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird

Ona Coffee

Patricia Coffee Brewers

St Ali

Terror Twilight

Top Paddock


Favourite Pub

Builders Arms Hotel

The Catfish

Corner Hotel

The Cornish Arms

The Espy

The Gaso

The Great Northern

The Lincoln

Marquis of Lorne

The Napier

The Palace Hotel

The Plough

Retreat Hotel

Station Hotel

The Tote

The Woodlands Hotel


Favourite Rooftop


Corner Hotel

The Cornish Arms


Farmers Daughters

Good Heavens



Johnny's Green Room

The Local Taphouse

Naked for Satan

The Provincial

The Rooftop at QT

Rooftop Bar


Union Electric Bar


Favourite Wine Bar

The Alps

Bar Liberty


City Wine Shop


Cumulus Up



Gerald's Bar

Hope St Radio

Kirk's Wine Bar


Napier Quarter

Neighbourhood Wine

Public Wine Shop

Seddon Wine Store


Favourite Snack

Bratwurst from Bratwurst Shop & Co at Queen Victoria Market

Croissant from Lune Croissanterie

Dim sim from South Melbourne Market Dim Sim

Fish and egg cutlet from MKS Spice n Things

Halloumi pie from A1 Bakery

Kunafeh nabulsiyeh at Kunafeh House

Lasagne pie from Pie Thief

Nigiri at Tochi Deli

Pâté chaud at Nhu Lan

Sausage roll from Falco Bakery

Sausage roll from Green Refectory

Spinach and cheese borek from Borek Shop, Queen Victoria Market

Spinach and cheese gözleme from Göz City


Favourite Cocktail Bar

Above Board

Beneath Driver Lane

Black Pearl


Eau de Vie

The Elysian Whisky Bar

Ends & Means

The Everleigh


Gin Palace

Nick & Nora's

Romeo Lane

Trouble in Dreams

Whisky & Alement


Favourite Casual Diner

A1 Lebanese Bakery

Butcher's Diner

Lanzhou Beef Noodle

Lulu’s Char Koay Teow

Mr Ramen San


Pho Hung Vuong Saigon Restaurant

Sal's Authentic NY Style Pizza

Shandong MaMa


Taita's House

The Wanderer Thai Kitchen & Bar


Favourite Casual Bar

Arbory Bar and Eatery

Bad Frankie

Bar Josephine

Bar Margaux

Dr Morse Bar & Eatery


Mr West

Otter's Promise

Section 8

Shady Lady

Wilbury & Sons

Whitehart Bar

White Oaks Saloon


Favourite Fine Dining Restaurant





Flower Drum









Vue de Monde


Favourite New Opening (Bar, Café or Restaurant)


Atiyah Streetfood

Bar Thyme

Big Esso


Ca Com Bánh Mì Bar


Farmer's Daughters

Florian Eatery


Hope St Radio




Favourite Restaurant 





Flower Drum

Gray and Gray



Poodle Bar and Bistro


Vue de Monde

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the voting site tout de suite and have your say. 

We're proud to partner on the Revive Awards with American Express whose Shop Small campaign supports small businesses. Let's Go Shop Small – and support the local stores that make Melbourne so great. 

Always remember to check in, socially distance and follow the latest safety guidelines when visiting Melbourne’s bars and restaurants.

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