ROUND OF THE BEST
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.