Perth's Best Small Bar 2019 Winners Announced

If you are looking for the best small bar in Perth we have a winner.

Perth’s Best Small Bar winner has been announced as Perth’s own Prince of Flesh, Vince Garreffa, hosted the 2019 Small Bar Awards.

Braving the cold and rain, owners and staff from as far as Bunbury and Margaret River enjoyed sliders and snacks from a menu created by The Standard’s Chase Weber paired with local beers, wines and cocktails, including the aptly named ‘Dark and Stormy’. 

Amongst cheers and applause, Mr Carey acknowledged the importance of relying on industry associations such as the SBAWA to force necessary change and reduce some of the obstacles faced by those in the small bar scene, such as parking costs and tourism.

The Member for Perth acknowledged times were tough but promised a brighter future was on the cards. 

Wesley Eate, President of the Small Bar Association of WA, said “Congratulations to all the bars that have been honoured at the 2019 Small Bar Awards. It was our privilege to host WA’s top bars and we were especially thrilled to see so many owners, staff and SBAWA members in attendance, a testament to the close-knit community we enjoy here in WA.”

2019 Perth Best Small Bar Winners

Best Regional Small Bar Yours or Mine
Best Regional Small Bar Yours or Mine

Best New Small Bar

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Jungle Bird (Fremantle)

Nothing like opening early in 2019 and then winning best new small bar straight off the bat.

Jungle Bird is a tiki style, jungle-inspired rum bar based serving up Caribbean inspired menu in Fremantle.

Pretty easy to see why it won!

Website: facebook.com/junglebirdfreo

Best Regional Small Bar

Yours or Mine (Bunbury)

Next time you head south you might want to make a quick stop over in Bunbury to experience the 2019 Best Regional Small Bar Yours or Mine.

A small bar located in the Bunbury CBD, serving up incredible South American food, an eclectic wine list, craft beer and some of the best cocktails.

Website: restaurantwebx.com/YoursorMine

Smells Like a Small Bar

Bar Lafayette (Brookfield Place)

Not quite a small bar, but brings the same feels as a small bar.

Bar Lafayette is an artisan cocktail bar in Brookfield Place offering a diverse wine list, boutique beers and of course delicious cocktail creations – all paired with a sophisticated food menu.

Website: barlafayette.com

Best Small Bar (People’s Choice)

Swallow Bar (Maylands)

Your neighbourhood bar in Maylands is back in the winner’s circle and has again taken out a Best Small Bar in Perth award. This year it is the People’s Choice which some might say is a bigger award than the critic’s.

Swallow Bar provides punters with nostalgic feels while serving great food from local produce, a thoughtful selection of wines, beers and spirits from home and across the globe

Plus a cheeky cocktails list to match any taste buds.

Website: swallowbar.com.au

Best Small Bar (Critic’s Choice)

Varnish on King (Perth)

Source: Facebook | Varnish On King

The people in the know have once again awarded the Best Small Bar in Perth award to Varnish on King. This is the second time that Varnish on King has taken out the top prize.

And it’s no wonder – tucked in the basement of a heritage building right in the heart of Perth, Varnish on King pays homage to American Whiskey and is home to Perth’s most extensive showcase of bourbons, ryes, Canadian and Tennessee whiskey.

Oh and don’t forget about the amazing food on offer as well.

Website: varnishonking.com

Previous SBAWA Perth Best Small Bar Award Winners


  • Best Small Bar – People’s Choice: Helvetica
  • Best Small Bar – Critic’s Choice: Helvetica
  • Best New Small Bar: Percy Flint’s
  • Best Regional Small Bar: Sala Lounge


  • Best Small Bar – People’s Choice: Helvetica
  • Best Small Bar – Critic’s Choice: Varnish on King
  • Best New Small Bar: Alfred’s Pizzeria
  • Best Regional Small Bar: Oyster Bar Mandurah


  • Best Small Bar – People’s Choice: Frisk
  • Best Small Bar – Critic’s Choice: Mechanics Institute
  • Best New Small Bar: Sneaky Tony’s 


  • Best Small Bar – People’s Choice: Swallow Bar 
  • Best Small Bar – Critic’s Choice: Five Bar 
  • Best New Small Bar: Old Faithful  

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