Its the sixth instalment of the awards, which recognise the small bars that are doing big things in Perth and beyond.
This year, Perth bar Helvetica took out not one but two titles, winning the Small Bar of the Year – Critics’ Choice award, and the Small Bar of the Year – People’s Choice award.
The award for Regional Small Bar of the Year was taken out by Sala Wine Lounge in Bunbury, and the New Small Bar of the Year award winner was Fremantle bar, Percy Flint.
The Critics’ Choice award was judged by writer, stylist and former editor of Scoop Magazine, Clare Ryan, STM Food Reviewer and Lonely Planet WA writer, Fleur Bainger and Delicious Australia WA critic, Max Brearley.
The People’s Choice award, Regional Small Bar of the Year, and New Small Bar of the Year awards were all determined by a popular vote through the SBAWA’s website.
The vice president of the SBAWA, Tim Brown, credits the rise of the WA small bars — which has happened since new legislation came into effect in 2007 — with improving the drinking scene of Western Australia. “With a focus on product, the craft of drink making and boutique offerings, small bars have introduced a new level of sophistication to licensed premises that has had a flow on effect across the entire industry. These awards celebrate that change and encourage further development and improvement in the industry,” he says.
Take a look at some of the action from the night below.