The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Looking for the best bar in Sydney? Here are the nominees…

Exciting new Sydney bars as well as longtime favourites have been recognised among the ​nominees​ for ​Time Out Sydney’s​ ​2020 Bar Awards​.

Bulletin Place, PS40, Maybe Sammy, Double Deuce Lounge ​and 2019 Bar of the Year, ​Old Mate’s Place​, were among the bars to receive nominations in multiple categories for the awards, which celebrate Sydney’s best bars and bartenders.

Eight categories have nominees this year, including Best New Bar​, ​Best Wine Bar​, Best Cocktail Bar​ and ​Best Pub.

Sydney’s best drinks makers will vie for the titles ​of Bartender of the Year ​and Best Bar Team​, while the ​Rising Talent Award​ is for an upcoming bartender whom Time Out predicts as a future star of the industry.

Two further category winners, which do not have nominees, will be announced at the awards. They are the overall ​Bar of the Year ​winner; and the ​Legend Award, ​which acknowledges an individual, team or institution that has made a significant contribution to the industry over a number of years.

“​This year’s nominees paint a real picture of just how many dynamite drinking experiences you can have in Sydney,” ​says Time Out Sydney’s Food and Drink Editor, ​Matthew Hirsch​.

“​Small venues are redefining the ‘neighbourhood bar’. Pubs are pouring natty wines and pressing tortillas for tacos. We have a standing-room only mezcaleria. Despite the restrictions that have hampered our city’s nightlife, the talent pool is stronger than ever and the quality of what’s on offer is at an all-time high.​”

The awards are judged by Time Out’s impartial bars critics, except for the​ People’s Choice Award​, which is voted on by Time Out readers ​via the Time Out website​.

All the award winners will be announced at the​ Powerhouse Museum​ on Monday, December 9 during a ceremony hosted by comedian ​Matt Okine​.


Best New Bar

Bar Clementine

Cantina OK

The Cumberland

Double Deuce Lounge

Golden Gully


Little Felix

Maybe Sammy

Prince of York


Best Cocktail Bar

The Baxter Inn

Bulletin Place

Double Deuce Lounge

Earl’s Juke Joint

Jangling Jack’s

The Lobo Plantation

Maybe Sammy

Old Mate’s Place

Papa Gede’s


Best Wine Bar

Dear Sainte Éloise

The Dolphin Wine Room


Where’s Nick

Wyno x Bodega

Best Pub

The George

The Imperial Hotel

The Lord Dudley

Public House Petersham

The Unicorn Hotel

Best Bar Food

Charlie Parker’s

The Lansdowne Hotel

The Old Fitzroy Hotel


Wyno x Bodega

Best Bar Team

Bulletin Place

Cantina OK

Double Deuce Lounge

Earl’s Juke Joint

The Lobo Plantation

Rising Talent Award

Emma Bernardi, Rosenbaum and Fuller

Molly Gillis, Jangling Jack’s

Andrew McCorquodale, Old Mate’s Place

Atlanta Pahulu, Bulletin Place

Federica Thorn, Continental CBD

Bartender of the Year

Antonello Arzedi, Scout

Alex Gilmour, Cantina OK

Andrea Gualdi, Maybe Sammy

Wai Christine Lam, Employees Only