You might think because you’re in the bush you’ll struggle to find that perfectly engineered classic sweet-sour cocktail that so many Perth hotspots nail every time? First up, Margaret River is hardly the “bush” and Morries has a cocktail program to rival many of the heavy hitters in P-Town.

Award-winning bar tender Billy Phillips (last year’s The West Australian Good Food Guide Bar Tender Of The Year) knows his way around a spirit, or five. His complex and challenging cocktails are not for the hen’s night set (although the drinks list does cater for all tastes). Try the Pinnacle: Giniversity Botanical, pineapple and ginger shrub, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, fizz and egg white. It’s a daydream on the palate.

Or perhaps a Spicy Fashionista – Matusalem rum, Becherovka (a herbal bitters), cardamom-spiced syrup, candied orange and xocolatl. Phillips and his team know how to push the cocktail envelope. Morries has gained a sterling reputation among the Perthites who descend on the south-west every summer, and the locals love it too.

Food offerings range from small to large with a nod to local produce. If it’s just a snack you’re after, grilled haloumi with pickled zucchini hits the spot as does the Jap chicken (our go-to fried dish at Morries), served with the obligatory Kewpie mayo. If tummies are grumbling then roasted pork belly with crackling, romesco, pickled paprika, tomato and fennel is a heart-warming dish.

The best cocktails and drinks in regional WA, plus interesting bar food with a creative bent make Morries one of the best bars in the State.