Proof that Newtown still has the best pubs in Sydney

Sarah Neate 8 June 2016

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Sydney pub lovers, listen up. TimeOut’s pub awards were announced this week - and the conclusion? Newtown is still clearly the trendiest suburb to be in.

Out of the nine awards, four of them were snapped-up by Newtown establishments including the biggie, with "Pub of the Year" going to a Newtown institution, The Courthouse Hotel.

Other winning establishments include local gem The Union Hotel (a Newtown pub well-known for its live music scene and craft beer) which snapped up Best Beer List and Publican of the Year, which went to General Manager Luke Hiscox. Another Newtown win was authentic Aussie-pub The Botany View, which won the Legend award - thanks to its feel of a “country-style pub in the Inner West”.

There has been much online discussion of whether Newtown has lost its unique character as a result of the shut-out bans which apply in the CBD and Kings Cross, but these awards suggest Newtown is still hanging in there.

Other winners include The Unicorn in Paddington, which snagged Best Pub Food, and late-night hangout The Lord Gladstone, which took home the Good Times award. The Newport scored the Revival Award after undergoing a multi-million dollar refurbishment recently, while the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel nabbed the Family Friendly gong. Finally, the People’s Choice award went to a classic city favourite, as Hart’s Pub swiped the popularity prize.

Explore our Newtown recommendations for 2016 or our best bars in for Sydney CBD dwellers.

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