Lockdown legends celebrated in the Time In Awards

Restaurant pivots, arts livestreams and neighbourhood heroes are acknowledged in the winners’ lists for the Time In Awards in Sydney and Melbourne

The winners of the Time In Awards, Time Out’s reader-voted celebration of the best responses to the 2020 lockdown, were announced via Instagram livestream on Tuesday night. 

Sponsored by Impos, Moon Dog Brewing and Cargo Crew, the awards paid tribute to the people and things that have enhanced readers’ lives in isolation since March. Nearly 13,000 Time Out readers decided the outcome of the awards, casting their votes on the Time Out Sydney and Melbourne websites during a 12-day voting period.

Among the winners in Melbourne were top restaurant Attica (Favourite “At-home” Restaurant Experience – Fine Dining); Fitzroy bar Black Pearl (Favourite Cocktail Delivery Service); National Gallery of Victoria (Favourite Digital Arts Platform); Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Favourite Virtual Experience) and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Favourite Music Livestream or Stream).

In Sydney, voters went for the likes of Mr Wong chef Dan Hong (Favourite Instagram Cooking Star); Sixpenny General Store (Favourite Restaurant Reinvention); Archie Rose Distilling Company (Favourite Boozy Hand Sanitiser); and DJ Hot Dub Time Machine (Favourite Online Party).  

Acts of charity and kindness were popular with Melbourne voters, with awards going to Covid-19 EAD (Employee Assistance Directive), an organisation formed to feed unemployed hospitality workers, alongside Prahran Market for hosting a market day for the elderly at the height of the Covid-19 crisis. 

RSPCA NSW won the Community Spirit Award in Sydney for its campaign to get people to foster animals under lockdown, and chicken shop Chargrill Charlie’s won an award for its Local Flavours initiative, whereby it sells products from other businesses to help keep them afloat.

The awards celebrated the quirky side of life under lockdown too.

Zoos Victoria’s “dancing keeper” Adam, star of a viral Facebook video, was voted Favourite Cheerer Upper in Melbourne, while the same award in Sydney went to the phenomenon of teddy bears in people’s windows.

“We wanted to do something to acknowledge the work done by so many people to help themselves and others during the lockdown,” said Time Out editorial director Cass Knowlton. “Our readers agreed with us, with 6,254 of them in Sydney and 6,718 in Melbourne voting in the awards. 

“The hope is that our winners can use their award to help them rebound once all this is over, and as Time In transitions back to TIme Out, we’ll be here to help them in any way we can.”

The full results for the Time In Awards Sydney can be seen here and the results for the Time In Awards Melbourne can be seen here

“The Awards were intended to do two things,” said Time Out Australia managing director Michael Rodrigues. “To inspire hope in the many creative businesses that make life in our cities exciting, and to keep this cohort firmly in the mind of consumers who might make a conscious choice to support them in an incredibly difficult trading environment.”

Time Out Australia commercial director Elise Bucholtz said, “I’m proud that we worked out a way to re-invent our well established awards platform and deliver a virtual program in a timely manner. 

“Audience behaviours during this pandemic are often moving faster than market research can discern. By the time the research comes out, behaviours may have shifted. We expect this to be the case for the next few months as we trend towards the new normal. 

“Time Out will continue to be nimble, meeting the audience where they are during this time. Join us for the ride!”


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