Here at Time Out Sydney we have been seeking out the best bars in the city for nearly a full decade, and with each passing year our annual Time Out Bar Awards party gets big, better and more confetti-sprinkled. And so it was at the ninth Time Out Bar Awards, which were held on the glorious Sky Terrace rooftop bar for the ultimate Sydney Sunday session.
Over 600 friends of Time Out, readers, industry heavyweights, bartenders and party people frocked up for an afternoon of drinks, snacks, tunes and games, with a snappy award ceremony added in there for good measure.
The Sydney bar scene is nothing if not supportive of their brothers and sisters in the booze business, so people went wild when Darlinghurst’s This Must Be the Place was announced as the Bar of the Year, as well as Sydney’s Best Cocktail Bar.
Newcomers PS40 know what it takes to get to the top, which is why they went home with the Best New Bar gong, and another newcomer took out the Best Wine Bar category – Surry Hills’ high fashion venue, the Dolphin Wine Room.
Best Neighbourhood Bar went to the Gretz in Enmore, who have been winning hearts and minds with big beers, sharp cocktails and an ace filet-o-fish burger, and Best Bar Team went to the inimitable Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern.
Reflecting the changes to Sydney after dark, this year marked the first awarding of Best Restaurant Bar, which went to the good-times bunker that is Big Poppa’s. Mikey Nicolian from Continental Deli Bar Bistro took home the top gong for Bartender of the Year, and the Hot Talent Award went to Lobo Plantation’s Ryan Snedden.
Our Legend Award this year honoured a venue that has been the beating heart of Sydney’s underground and independent live music scene for over a decade, and that place is Venue 505. And when we asked the people of Sydney to decide on their favourite bar for 2017, the resounding answer was Hudson Ballroom, who took home the People’s Choice Award.
We also crowned our Queen of the Party, Kat Dopper, whose Heaps Gay parties have been keeping the dream alive during trying times.
Though the official part of the ceremony was done and dusted, that didn’t mean the Buffalo Trace and Teeling Irish whiskies were done with – we were just getting started. There were still more rounds of the wild mushroom arancini, Queensland spanner crab cakes, pulled Kurobuta pork and slaw rolls, and peach crumble from the Star’s kitchen to be eaten and more dancing to be done to Flex Mami’s killer mix.
Big thanks to Southern Comfort, Yenda and Westons Caple Rd for the drinks, and Hydrodol for helping us through Tuesday – but most of all, thank you to everyone who showed up and partied hard.