The West Australian - - INSIDE COVER -

A cou­ple of weeks ago, your trusty IC cor­re­spon­dent cast his eye over the nom­i­na­tions for Best New Bar at this year’s WA Small Bar Awards — Mum­mucc’ in Wem­b­ley and Fre­man­tle new­com­ers, Madalena’s and Jun­gle Bird — and re­alised he hadn’t been to any of them.

This could be seen as a some­what de­press­ing sign our life is all work and no play but we pre­fer to see it as a re­flec­tion of the myr­iad op­tions Perth now has when it comes to wet­ting one’s whis­tle.

When hard-drink­ing jour­nal­ists can’t get to all the new joints pop­ping up around town you know your city is spoilt choice.

So, who took home the silverware at Mon­day night’s awards?

Of the new­bies, it was the Caribbean-themed Jun­gle Bird, with its rum cock­tails and jerk chicken.

Swal­low Bar in May­lands was the Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner, while Var­nish on King got the nod in the Crit­ics’ Choice cat­e­gory.

Bun­bury’s Yours or Mine won best Re­gional Small Bar and Bar Lafayette was recog­nised as the big-ish bar that was most like a small bar.

While the afore­men­tioned wa­ter­ing holes were the big win­ners this week, the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try as a whole is do­ing it tough, so help keep the scene vi­brant by sup­port­ing your lo­cal bar.

Jun­gle Bird crew.

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