Whisky And Alement wins at Time Out Melbourne 2017 Bar Awards

25 January, 2017 by Stefanie Collins

Whisk(e)y and beer were the big winners at this years’ Time Out Melbourne 2017 Bar Awards, with the winners of Bar of the Year and the People’s Choice Award specialising in both.

Russell Street institution Whisky and Alement (pictured) was named Bar of the Year with the well-loved venue, which has been introducing Melbourne whisky fans to rare and unique drams since 2010, also taking out the award for Best Bar Team.

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According to Time Out’s National Food and Drink Editor, Emily Lloyd-Tait, the bar is iconic for being the first to really champion whisky in Melbourne, as well as curating an excellent craft beer collection.

“They seek out limited edition single malts, knew to hoard Japanese whiskies before the boom, and always offer warm service to novices and experts alike,” she says. “Drinking here is both and education and a pleasure.”

Bartender of the Year went to Joe Jones of Romeo Lane, with the bar also named Best Cocktail Bar for 2017.

The Time Out Legend Award was given to Cherry Bar in recognition of its dedication to Melbourne’s live music scene.

“We’re honouring a rough-and-ready rock‘n’roll bar that has helped make Melbourne the country’s live music capital, and that for the last 17 years, has pushed for positive change in the music industry,” says Time Out’s Melbourne Editor, Rose Johnstone.

Among the bars to open in Melbourne in the past year, Loretta’s at Bluebonnet BBQ in Fitzroy North was named Best New Bar.

Best Wine Bar went to Fitzroy’s Bar Liberty, while Lazerpig in Collingwood was named Best Party Bar, and Bar Lûmé in South Melbourne took out the award for Best Bar Food.

Designed to pinpoint a future star of the Melbourne bar scene, the Hot Talent Award was given to Bar Americano bartender Liana Oster.

People’s Choice was taken out by St Kilda’s American-style roadhouse bar Freddie Wimpoles, which specialises in craft beer.

 

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES AND WINNERS:

BAR OF THE YEAR

Whisky and Alement

 

LEGEND AWARD

Cherry Bar

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

Freddie Wimpoles

 

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

Joe Jones, Romeo Lane WINNER

Trish Brew, Gin Palace

Dave Molyneux, The Everleigh

Serena O’Callaghan, Jungle Boy

Jack Sotti, Boilermaker House

 

BEST BAR TEAM

Whisky and Alement WINNER

Black Pearl

The Everleigh

Jungle Boy

Romeo Lane

 

HOT TALENT AWARD

Liana Oster, Bar Americano WINNER

Cennon Hanson, Bad Frankie

Hannah Lawson, Loretta’s

Andrea Marseglia, Boilermaker House

Mel Musu, The Rooks Return

 

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

Romeo Lane WINNER

Bar Americano

Black Pearl

EDV

The Everleigh

 

BEST WINE BAR

Bar Liberty WINNER

Embla

Gerald’s Bar

Marion

Smalls

 

BEST NEW BAR

Loretta’s WINNER

Above Board

Bar Liberty

Bodega Underground

Heartattack and Vine

 

BEST BAR FOOD

Bar Lûmé WINNER

Bar Lourinha

The Beaufort

Loretta’s

Smalls

 

BEST PARTY BAR

Lazerpig WINNER

Cherry Bar

Heartbreaker

Hats and Tatts

Leonard’s House of Love

 

Image care of Time Out.