Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2017 winners announced

As we dive into the nitty gritty of summer, the end of January brings a time to reflect on what has been a packed 12 months for Sydney’s excellent bar scene. Influential publication Time Out did just that for their annual Sydney Bar Awards, rewarding top performers across several categories such as “Best Restaurant Bar”, “Best Neighbourhood Bar”, and “Bar of the Year”.

The ultimate prize was taken out by Darlinghurst’s Spritz homage This Must Be The Place, which also took out “Best Cocktail Bar”. Other awards included “Best Wine Bar”, which went to the restored Dolphin Wine Room in Surry Hills, “Best Restaurant Bar” going to hip-hop & cheese mecca Big Poppa’s, and “Best Neighbourhood Bar” which, despite reaching further out into Sydney’s west this year, still return to Enmore with the undeniable charm of The Gretz.

You can take a look at all the winners below, and remember to support our bar scene ferociously since we all know the state government has been making things quite difficult for our favourite new and old drinking holes.

Bar of the Year
This Must Be the Place (Darlinghurst)

Legend Award
Venue 505 (Surry Hills)

People’s Choice
Hudson Ballroom (CBD; formerly Plan B and Goodgod Small Club)

Queen of the Party
Kat Dooper, Heaps Gay

Bartender of the Year
Michael Nicolian, Continental (Enmore)

Best Bar Team
Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern (CBD)

Hot Talent Award
Ryan Snedden, Lobo Plantation

Best Cocktail Bar
This Must Be the Place (Darlinghurst)

Best Wine Bar
The Dolphin Wine Room (Surry Hills)

Best New Bar
PS40 (CBD)

Best Restaurant Bar
Big Poppa’s (Darlinghurst))

Best Neighbourhood Bar
The Gretz (Enmore)

As always, full details and winners will be available in the 106-page guidebook released by Time Out Sydney from Thursday 2nd February. More information can be found HERE.

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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.