Photograph: Daniel Boud
Time Out readers responded enthusiastically to our invitation to help us give away a $190,000 marketing boost to hospitality
Thirty-eight of the best bars, restaurants, cafés and pubs in Sydney and Melbourne have received a post-lockdown pat on the back – as well as a $5,000 Time Out marketing campaign – in the Time Out Bar & Restaurant Revive Awards.
Announced on Monday November 8 during online ceremonies hosted by Matt Okine, the Revive Awards were curated by Time Out and voted on by more than 12,500 readers in total using Time Out’s custom-made voting hubs.
The Awards replace Time Out’s annual critics’ awards for Bars and Restaurants in 2021 and were designed in response to the difficulties of local hospitality venues, which are coming out of sustained periods of lockdown in Australia’s two biggest cities.
Sponsored by American Express, whose Shop Small initiative supports small business, the Awards span ‘Staying In’ categories (to recognise pivots, deliveries and community initiatives under lockdown) and ‘Going Out’ (to salute the places readers are excited to visit in person).
“We’re thrilled by the response to the Revive Awards with so many readers taking part in our online poll,” said managing director Elise Bucholtz. “It’s been an incredibly tough year for the industry and it’s clear our readers wanted to show their support.
“We hope our awards inspire readers to get back out and visit the venues they love, and we’re delighted to offer each of the winners a marketing package that will help them revive and thrive in 2022.”
The award winners range from fancy fine diners to cheap eats, from cocktail bars to sandwich joints, from dining-out experiences to deliveries.
Two venues were singled out by voters for Community Spirit Awards: Carmelo's Wood Fired Pizza, who reduced their price on pizza and pastas to $10 for the duration of Melbourne’s sixth lockdown, and Chin Chin in Sydney, who gave away 500 free meals a day for stood-down hospitality workers in July.