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Drinks Service Award: Time Out Food Awards 2016

The places where what’s in the glass is as important as what’s on the plate

Winner: Continental

Right now there is nowhere better in the city to spend all your time and money than the bar at Continental Deli Bar Bistro. It's a guaranteed slam-dunk for a perfect night out no matter the occasion. You can certainly splash out on tins of Spanish white clams and tuna belly, but we prefer to drop $30 on a tasting board of Australian seafood. It’s all tinned in-house and will change how you look at canned food forever. And speaking of putting things in cans, your cocktails come in a tin here too. There’s the Mar-tinny, a perfectly balanced gin Martini snap locked at the right dilution: it proved so popular they went right ahead and added a Can-hattan and a Cosmopoli-tin to the menu. We’ve yet to meet anyone who didn't immediately fall for the Shobbrook natural rosé from the Barossa – it's a stunner – but when bar manager Mikey Nicolian tells you that you should try the Libiamo Field Blend, an organic natural wine from New Zealand, your palate will thank you for taking his advice. This cloudy, gently tropical wine has a soft touch but a dry finish that proves extremely charming.

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