Billy Phillips 2017 Winner

Perth is a cocktail town. It has grown from a beer and wine town into a city with a vibrant, clever cocktail culture in little more than a decade. Everyone is talking Old Fashioneds and Manhattans these days, but it wasn’t always the case. The corollary of all this enthusiasm for proper mixed drinks has been the rapid growth of a world class coterie of local cocktail makers, many of whom have competed in international and national cocktail competitions and won the day.

Our winner of Best Bar Tender for 2017 is a bar manager and restaurant partner who still shakes the Bostons every day. His cocktail menu is a beguiling mix of old school standards and modern creations utilising everything from house made syrups to saline solution and from fresh juices – squeezed at the bar – to the challenging use of native herbs and bitter leaves. Best of all, he gets flavour, a concept often lost on lesser barkeeps in pursuit of pointless fashion statements and quirky ingredients.

Why is he a winner against such a celebrated Perth bar tender community? Among other things, he has had a dramatic impact on the dinning and drinking habits of the community he serves. Oh, and his cocktails are subline, thoughtful creations made with surgical precision and smashing balance.

The winner of The West Australian Good Food Guide Bar Tender Of The Year, presented by Johnnie Walker, is Billy Phillips from Morries Bar, Margaret River.

Best of all, Phillips gets flavour, a concept often lost on lesser barkeeps in pursuit of pointless fashion statements and quirky ingredients."