Despite a spot of rain this Monday, beer and food lovers from across the city gathered to raise a glass to their favourite pubs at Time Out’s 2nd Annual Sydney Pub Awards. This year, the event’s home was The Glenmore Hotel’s Rooftop, where drinks such as Little Creatures beer and delicious Canadian Club cocktails were flowing. The upbeat melodies of local Sydney band The Beans accompanied the good times shared between pub lovers throughout the evening and was definitely one of the highlights of the night.

Speaking of highlights, an array of finger food was circulated during the festivities, leaving the customers warm and content. Among the snacks were Japanese style grilled miso lamb cutlets as well as mouth-watering crispy chicken wingettes. After fighting my way through the crowd I also managed to grab an adorable mini bucket of fish and chips topped off with tartare sauce.

Delicious Canadian Club cocktail while waiting for nibbles

With food and drink in hand, we watched and cheered as the winners of the Sydney Pub Awards were announced. The Dove and Olive went home with the coveted Pub of the Year, as well as their very own Dan Ryan receiving the award for Publican of the Year. Both beer and food were celebrated that night with The Welcome Hotel receiving the Best Pub Food award and The Local Taphouse winning the Best Beer List award. Pub ambience was recognised by the Good Times Award going to Darlo Bar and the Family Friendly Award being given to the Coogee Pavillion. For their tasteful restoration the Woolwich Pier Hotel received the Pub Revival Award and for their years of dedication and consistency the Lord Dudley Hotel walked away with the Legend Award. After the people Sydney voted, the Royal Albert Hotel was crowned with the People’s Choice Award.

Pub Awards at The Glenmore Hotel Rooftop

All in all the night was full of fun, food and drinks, a perfect homage to the Sydney watering holes we love so much. It was truly fantastic to see Sydney’s loyal pubs receive the recognition that they deserve from Time Out’s team of expert judges. Time Out Sydney pubs editor, Emily Lloyd-Tait, explains:

“The Awards are our opportunity to highlight the people raising the bar for counter meals and promoting inclusivity. The ones bringing old boozers back to life with respect for their history and those keeping us entertained on long winter nights with live music, games, classes, events, trivia and even the odd art exhibition or mini opera. And a pub with no beer is no pub at all, so we are very fond of the venues that take their taps seriously, giving space to up and coming brewers and pouring fresh, clean schooners of old favourites.”

Sydney band The Beans doing what they do best


Full List of Winners

Best Beer List
The Local Taphouse

Highly Commended
Forest Lodge Hotel

Pub Revival Award
Woolwich Pier Hotel

Highly Commended
Keg & Brew (read about our visit to Keg & Brew)

Publican of the Year
Dan Ryan, Dove & Olive

Highly Commended
Jake Toivonen, The Bank Hotel

Good Times Award
Darlo Bar

Highly Commended
The Friend in Hand

Family Friendly Award
Coogee Pavillion

Highly Commended
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

People’s Choice
Royal Albert Hotel

Legend Award
Lord Dudley Hotel

Pub of the Year
Dove & Olive (read about our visit to Dove & Olive)


The Time Out Sydney Pub Guide 2015 (RRP $4.95) features reviews of Sydney’s 150 best pub, and is now on sale at all good newsstands and online. For more information, go to

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Phone: (02) 9247 4794

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