Here’s the 11 best small bars in Western Australia

sbawa-awardsLast year’s winners, Ezra Pound (left), and Mechanics Institute

The Small Bar Association of WA has announced the finalists for the title of Small Bar of the Year 2014.

This is the third year that the Association has put the call out to the WA small bar community to celebrate the best of the burgeoning scene in that state.

The awards night takes place next Monday the 27th of October, and, in addition to both the Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice awards, this year the Association has added a new category: Best New Small Bar Award.

Voting in the People’s Choice Award and the Best New Small Bar Award is open now, and West Australians can cast their vote at the Association’s website here. The Critics’ Choice Award will be judged by Max Veenhuyzen (WA editor for Gourmet Traveller as well as others), Laura Dew (community manager for Yelp) and Australian Bartender editor Sam Bygrave.


Last year’s winner of the People’s Choice Award, Ezra Pound, has again been nominated, along with last year’s Critics’ Choice Award winner, Mechanics Institute. Recent winner of the Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards Small Bar of the Year title, Varnish on King, is also nominated for a second year running.

The finalists for the Small Bar of the Year (both the People’s Choice and the Critics’ Choice) are:

  • Bar Lafayette
  • Choo Choo’s
  • Clarences
  • Ezra Pound
  • Five Bar
  • Helvetica
  • Mechanics Institute
  • Old Faithful
  • Swallow Bar
  • The Classroom
  • Varnish on King

The finalists for the Best New Small Bar Award are:

  • Choo Choo’s
  • Old Faithful
  • Odd Fellow
  • Pirate Bar
  • Public House
  • Varnish on King
  • Wee Bar


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