The three pillars of any Time Out party are top-notch drinks, plenty of great grub and (almost) too many good times to handle – and the third annual Time Out Pub Awards was no exception.
On Monday, June 6, more than 300 pub-lovers and industry heavyweights rocked up to Beer DeLuxe to find out who would take out the highest accolades in the pub biz – from Best Beer List to Pub of the Year and everything in between.
With booze from Yenda, Bacardi Fuego, Pressman's and Gentleman’s Collection in one hand and food by Beer DeLuxe in the other, guests were treated to the comic stylings of our host for the evening and top-notch snarky political commentator, Andrew P Street. Holiday vibes were strong in spite of the low mercury thanks to the sweet tunes from Harvey, and guests were taking happy snaps with Fotobox and challenging each other to games of iDarts.
The room exploded when the Courthouse Hotel was crowned Sydney’s best pub.
“Everybody loves the Courthouse because you never have a bad time when you go there. The beers are cold, clean and delicious. The food is great. Staff are champions and you can bring your dog. They make it all seem easy, but there’s a lot of dedication and expertise behind their win tonight,” said Emily Lloyd-Tait, Time Out Sydney’s pubs editor.
In a big night for the Union Hotel, Newtown, the venue took out the award for Best Beer List, in addition to a gong for Publican of the Year for their GM, Luke Hiscox.
Out in the far east the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel took out the top spot for the Family-Friendly Award thanks to their amazing location and dedicated events program for ankle-biters.
The People’s Choice award, nominated and voted on by Time Out readers, went to an inner Sydney venue, Harts Pub, and the Good Times Award for the best knees-up in the city went to the party palace keeping the late night vibes in Chippendale alive, the Lord Gladstone.
Finally, Time Out’s Legend Award, reserved for a pub that has long served as part of the Sydney drinking landscape, was awarded to the Botany View Hotel in Newtown. The beer list is exciting, the bistro never disappoints and it's a welcoming place to all comers.
Guests walked away with hangover cure tablets by Hydrodol and a copy of the Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2016 – your definitive guide to the best pubs in Sydney. The guide is on sale at all good newsagents for $4.95 from Thursday June 9.
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