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Time Out Sydney Bar Awards 2016

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Sydney's Bar Scene is Exciting Again
Christmas is just around the corner and December is definitely the month to party!

It's all about drinks in December

Time Out Bar Awards is an industry-recognised celebration of talent, voted on by independent editors and reviewers. Over the last few months, hundreds of nominations have poured in for the best watering holes in Sydney - from classic haunts like O Bar and Dining, to new favourite Eau De Vie. So who who will walk away with the coveted awards?

The views from the Star rooftop it is one the best views in Sydney! Photo credit: The Star

On Sunday 6 December 2015, the Time Out Bar Awards announced the 2016's winners of Sydney's bar scene and it was our chance to raise a glass to the city's hottest bars.

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The Star Sky Terrace

The award ceremony was held at Sydney's coolest rooftop terrace at the Star on a beautiful Summer's day. Sydney loves a rooftop, so it's the perfect spot for a summer party with harbour views and sunset beats. The expansive views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline from the balcony of the Sky Terrace was definitely an impressive venue.

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Host /DJ Andrew McClelland

Comedian Andrew McClelland was the host and DJ and he certainly provided the ultimate summer playlist to kick start the festivities.

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The city-view

With million-dollar views, sunshine on your face, happy jolly crowds and delectable cocktails, what more could one ask for? Oh yes, the award plaques and the recognition. Here are the award-winners:

Bar of the Year: Lobo Plantation; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Bar of the Year: Lobo Plantation

Best Cocktail Bar: Eau De Vie; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Best Cocktail Bar: Winner: Eau De Vie (Runner-Up: Bulletin Place)

Best Wine Bar: Winner:121 BC (Runner-Up: Monopole)

Best Neighbourhood Bar: The Bearded Tit; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Best Neighbourhood Bar: Winner: The Bearded Tit (Runner-Up: Wilhelmina's)

Best New Bar: This Must Be the Place; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Best New Bar: Winner: This Must Be the Place (Runner-Up: Dead Ringer)

Best Bar Food: Sokyo Lounge; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Best Bar Food: Winner: Sokyo Lounge (Runner-Up: Surly's)

Best Bartender: Winner: Jimmy Irvine The Baxter Inn (Runner-Up: Tom Egerton Eau De Vie)

Best Bar Team: Winner: Earl's Juke Joint (Runner-Up: Lobo Plantation)

Hot Talent Award: Rachelle Hair from The Baxter Inn; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

Hot Talent Award: Winner: Rachelle Hair The Baxter Inn (Runner-Up: Nathan Pepper Papa Gede's)

The Party Starter Award: Winner: Astral People (Runner-Up: Picnic)

Best Party Bar: Winner: Goodgod Small Club (Runner-Up: Goro's)

People's Choice:Papa Gedes; Photo credit: Daniel Boud

People's Choice: Papa Gedes

2016 Legend Award - Lord Mayor Clover Moore; Photo courtesy of Time Out Magazine

Legend Award: Lord Mayor Clover Moore in recognition of her efforts to bolster Sydney's small bar scene.

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Party refreshments

With one of Sydney's best views in the background, the guests were in fine spirits with ample refreshment from Makers Mark's bourbon whisky cocktail, White Rabbit craft beer, Hills Cider and Gentlemans Collection wines.

Drink with a view

There were plenty of bar snacks to fuel us in between drinks provided by The Star's 'signature' kitchens. There were more than enough duck pancakes, beef sliders, tacos and spanner crabs to go around.

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Cherry Tomato Tart with Goat's curd and onion jam

We begin our afternoon with some lovely cherry tomato tarts. They were good appetisers to pair with Markers' cocktail on a warm Summer's day.

Beef slider with tomato relish, cheddar and pickled cucumber

Next, we tried the mini beef burgers. They may looked petite but they were packed with flavour. We paired the slider with a refreshing White Rabbit craft beer.

Queensland Spanner crab remoulded with baby gem lettuce and mango salsa

The next appetiser was the fresh spanner crab on cos lettuce. The sophisticated combination of Australian seafood and mango salsa marked a great start to our eating journey.

Roasted duck pancake with Hoisin sauce and green shallots

The Peking duck pancakes were the crowd's favourite. After a few drinks, these lovely tightly-packed savory duck parcels were the perfect go-to food.

Slow cooked smoked pulled pork taco with coriander salsa, crackling served in a soft tortilla and topped with guacamole and piquillo pepper sauce. Served with a wedge of lime

My friend really liked the slow cooked pulled pork taco. It was freshly made and generously filled with tasty pulled pork, summer coriander salsa, creamy guacamole and topped with pork cracklings. It was a great summer snack that tasted healthy and refreshing.

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Time Out Bar Bible

The vegetarian version, falafel-Chickpea Fritters taco was served in a soft tortilla with baby gem and pico de gallotaco. It tasted a bit bland for our liking. The conversation was merry and the spirit was high, so we got another round of drinks.

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Hot Bar Food

Next, the hot food finally made their appearances. The elegant prawn spring rolls were addictive and the satay chicken skewers were juicy and tender. They were the perfect snacks that made us to go for more. Definitely recommended together with Makers Mark's bourbon on the rocks.

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Strawberry Choux Buns with vanilla cream

The dish that truly made our day was the red-velvet vanilla-cream profiterole with strawberry injection! It looked amazing and fun to eat.

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Dessert & Wine Pairing

They were perfect with a glass of Gentlemans Collection's white wine.

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Happy party spirit

In addition to great music, snacks and all the excitement of the awards ceremony, all party invitees partied hard and were very social. I had thought bartenders were hard to get along because they looked so cool and collected behind bars, but they were really a fun bunch to party with when they don't need to pour drinks for anyone.

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Oooh.. chocolate cakes

The dangerously delicious melt-in-our mouth chocolate opera cakes were the last to arrive. With that marked the perfect ending to a really wonderful awards ceremony.

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A fun successful award ceremony!

Congratulations to all the pubs nominated and who won awards!

The stunning dusk view. The night is young, time to party on! Photo credit: The Star
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