Newtown venues win big at the Time Out Sydney Pub Awards for 2016 (Sydney)

Time Out Sydney once again sought to celebrate the best of the evolving pub scene in Sydney, crowning various venues around the city at a special ceremony held earlier this week at Beer DeLuxe King St Wharf. The lively ceremony-slash-party named a long-established inner west favourite, The Courthouse, as the big winner of the night, right along with categories like “Best Beer List” and “Publican of the Year”.

“Everybody loves the Courthouse”, said Emily LloydTait, who is Time out Sydney’s pubs Editor, at the ceremony. “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”

The Courty wasn’t Newtown’s only big winner of the night either, with the equally legendary Union Hotel picking up both “Best Beer List” – well deserved seeing as the pub’s 22 taps hosted 300 different brews in 2015 and is just about to host over 40 dark beers over two days – and “Publican of the Year” for the venue’s Luke Hiscox. In addition, the Botany View Hotel was recognised with a “Legends Award”.

“Best Pub Food” was awarded to the team behind The Unicorn in Paddington, and “Best Pub Revival” was unsurprisingly given to Merivale’s super ambitious The Newport, which revealed its epic scale earlier this year. Meanwhile, “People’s Choice” deservedly went to the iconic Harts Pub in The Rocks.
See below for a full list of winners:

Best Pub Food
Winner: The Unicorn (Paddington)
Highly Commended: The Paddington (Paddington)

Best Beer List:
Winner: Union Hotel (Newtown)
Highly Commended: East Village Hotel (Balmain)

Pub Revival Award
Winner: The Newport (Newport)
Highly Commended: Hotel Palisade (Millers Point)

Good Times Award:
Winner: Lord Gladstone Hotel (Chippendale)
Highly Commended: Harpoon Harry (Surry Hills)

Family Friendly Award
Winner: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel (Watsons Bay)
Highly Commended: The Newport (Newport)

Publican of the Year
Winner: Luke Hiscox, Union Hotel (Newtown)
Highly Commended: Matthew Sen, Forest Lodge Hotel (Forest Lodge)

People’s Choice
Winner: Harts Pub (The Rocks)

Legend Award
Winner: Botany View Hotel (Newtown)

Pub of the Year
Winner: Courthouse Hotel (Newtown)

Time Out Sydney’s annual pub guide will be on sale from Thursday 9th June

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.

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