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Time In Awards – the winners

The city has voted for its favourite lockdown legends, and here's who won

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Time Out editors

The Time In Awards are a reader-voted celebration of the best responses to the 2020 lockdown in Melbourne, paying tribute to the people and things that have done so much to enhance our iso-life these past three months. 

Time In’s editors compiled a list of nominees then we threw it open to the public to vote on the winners, and 6,718 of you did. There are 23 awards in five categories: Food; Drink; Arts and Museums; Entertainment; and Homebound Heroes.

These awards are made possible thanks to Impos, Australia’s leading point of sale system; Moon Dog refreshing craft beers; and makers of chic uniforms Cargo Crew.

The nominees and winners are....


Favourite Restaurant Grocery Offering

Voters also loved: La Tienda; Smith and Daughters; Dexter’s Deli

Favourite “At-home” Restaurant Experience – Fine Dining

Voters also loved: Estelle; Maha; Bar Liberty

Favourite “At Home” Restaurant Experience – Everyday Gems

A1 Bakery WINNER!
Dainty Sichuan
Daughter in Law
Din Tai Fung
Hakata Gensuke
Jinda Thai
Juanita Peaches
Northern Git
Oasis Bakery
Saba’s Ethiopian
Super Ling

Voters also loved: La Tienda, Goldeluck's Bakeshop, The Recreation Bistro and Bottleshop

Favourite Food & Drink Reinvention

Voters also loved: Scopri food boxes; O My farm and seafood boxes; Atlas masterclasses

Favourite Community Food & Drink Initiative

Voters also loved: Sibling providing meals and pantry good for people at risk; Moroccan Soup Bar feeding healthcare workers; Hector's Deli + Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

Favourite Lasagne

Voters also loved: Umberto's; That's Amore; Icecream Social's vegan lasagne


Favourite Cocktail Delivery Service

Voters also loved: Kitty Somerset; Atticus Finch; Ugly Duckling

Favourite Overall Booze Delivery

Voters also loved: Jamsheed Wines; Blackhearts and Sparrows; the Alps

Favourite Boozy Hand Sanitiser

Voters also loved: Animus; the Gospel Distillers; Ned Whisky


Favourite Digital Arts Platform 

Voters also loved: Cream Town; Chapel off Chapel; ACMI Virtual Cinémathèque

Favourite Stream or Livestream

Voters also loved: Human Rights Film Festival; Delivered Live; Virtual Victorian Opera

Favourite Interactive Arts Class or Activity

Voters also loved: Cork and Canvas; Ballarat International Foto Biennale Mass Isolation Project; ACCA Artivities

Favourite Music Livestream or Stream

Voters also loved: The State of Music; Melbourne Digital Concert Hall; Delivered Live

Favourite Virtual Music Festival or Event

Voters also loved: Powderfinger: One Night Lonely; Defected Virtual Festival; Triple J Requestival


Favourite Virtual Experience

Voters also loved: Cooped-up Cabaret; Helen Bidou: Bidou Zooms; Northside Wines Virtual Tasting

Movers and Shakers Award for Favourite Way to Get Moving from Home

Voters also loved: Coreplus Connected; Good Vibes Yoga Virtual Classes; Anna’s Go-Go Academy

Favourite Ooh-worthy Animal Livestreams

Voters also loved: Phillip Island Penguin Burrow Camera; Taronga Zoo; Sea Life Sunshine Coast Seal Presentation

Iso-Overachiever Award for Favourite Way to Upskill 

Voters also loved: Maha Cooking Classes with Shane Delia; Nat’s What I Reckon; Hamish Blake and Ben Shewry Ultimate Romantic Cook-a-Long Cook-In

Get Lit at Home Award for Favourite Online Party 

Voters also loved: Hot Dub Time Machine; Razzamatazz Indie Disco at Home; Wham Bam Thank You Fam 

Are We There Yet Award for Favourite Online Content for Kids

Voters also loved: ABC Kids; Arts Centre Melbourne; ACCA


Favourite Cheerer Upper

Voters also loved: Nat’s What I Reckon; Victorian Opera’s Carlos washing his hands; Carla O’Brien’s facemasks on trees

Favourite Iso Trend

  • Animal streams
  • Boozy hand sanitiser
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Meteor watching
  • Pottery kits
  • Sourdough WINNER!
  • TikTok dance routines

Voters also loved: Baking; Banana bread; Zoom Trivia

Community Spirit Award

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