Cheers to top first year in busi­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMA­HON

A TOWNSVILLE bar has been recog­nised for its out­stand­ing first year in busi­ness, nom­i­nated for a num­ber of na­tional awards.

Hooch & Fel­low will go head to head with some of the best Aus­tralian bars in the New Bar, Small Bar and Re­gional Bar of the Year cate- gories of the Bar­tender Mag­a­zine Aus­tralian Bar Awards.

Owner Josh Agostino said it was a huge hon­our to be recog­nised, with their unique of­fer­ings set to put them a cut above the rest.

“This is huge for us … we’re com­ing up on one year this month, so it’s a real hon­our,” he said. “It’s great to be recog­nised by your peers, to know that we re­ally are do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent for a re­gional area.

“The big­gest dif­fer­ence for peo­ple when they get here is ta­ble ser­vice – it’s like a restau­rant for drinks – and the ro­tat­ing drinks list. Our cocktail list changes twice a week and we use lo­cal, fresh pro­duce.

“Ev­ery time some­one comes here there is some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

HUGE HON­OUR: Hooch & Fel­low owner Josh Agostino with Jake Donn and Jared Huk. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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