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By Shannon Connellan
December 07, 2016
By Shannon Connellan
December 07, 2016

It goes without saying, Melbourne’scharacteristically buzzing cultural ecosystemhas thrived this year, with the city’s most innovative, forward-thinking residents taking bold risks in their field.Our bars are more groundbreaking and imaginative, our events more unique and immersive, and our restaurants more inventive and experimental. With new openings left, right and centre, Melbourne is more vibrant, playful and fun than it ever has been.

Melbourne’s newest restaurants have defied traditional fine dining, turning small dinner clubs into full-blown establishments, reexamining degustation formats and prolifically pedestallingbarbecue. Cafes continue to redefine our coffee breaks, building neighbourhood day-to-nightwarehouse spaces, championing local producers and making an art of vegan nosh. Our bars that have been upping the city’s already renowned libation reputation, with countless interpretations of the age-old wine bar. Our new (or renewed) pubs that have the biggest hurdle to face — history. Pub renovations in 2016 moved into more contemporary, fine dining-focused territory with some of the city’s best design teams at hand. Melbourne’s new event producers that have found new ways to celebrate citylife, reinvigorating dwindling or hidden spaces, andcreating dedicated festivals from unexpected (and highly niche) themes.

At Concrete Playground we encourage exploration and showcase innovation in our city every day, so we thought it fitting to reward those most talented whippersnappers pushing Melbourneto be a better, braver city. And so, we are very pleased to announce Concrete Playground’s Best of 2016 Awards.

This year, we will be awarding a People’s Choice and Overallaward in each of the following five categories:

  • Best New Bar
  • Best New Restaurant
  • Best New Cafe
  • Best New Pub
  • Best New Event

These 30 outstanding Melbourne (or Melbourne-based)ventures have been handpicked by Concrete Playground for their combination of originality, innovation, creativity, approachability and sustainability. We straight-up love them.

Cast your People’s Choice votes below by 5pm on Wednesday, December 14 (you can only vote once per category, so make those votes count). People’s Choice and Overall winners in each category will be announced on Thursday, December 15 at 3pm. Please note that your vote is recorded as soon as you make your selectionin each category, butthat you can edit your votesright up until when voting closes. If you have any questions or feedback, hit us up at [email protected]



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