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Mechanic’s Institute Wins Australia’s Best Small Bar Award

Words by: Finnian Williamson

Incredibly, for the second year running, Perth has been recognised as the home of Australia’s best small bar at the Australian Bartender Magazine’s Bar Awards.

It was Northbridge’s place-where-the-cool-kids-go Mechanic’s Institute that took out this year’s title, joining last year’s victor, the American-styled Varnish on King, as another Perth winner of this prestigious prize.

Opened in August 2012, Mechanic’s Institute looks out across Northbridge’s rooftops as it hides away quietly in a William Street alleyway (besides Joe’s Juice Joint). The bar’s sneaky location and retro arcade-machines give the place a sophisticated and sexy vibe, matching nicely with it’s classical but cool interior and ever-charming staff.

The bar provides Flipside burgers and cocktails, including its “Epic Bloody Mary” and the burger I will never turn down, his holiest, “The Pear And Parmesan”. They probably didn’t take out the top prize on this dish alone, but honestly, they deserved to. Give this burger a knighthood.

Owners Hamish Fleming and Siobhan Blumann are also known for their hip-n-cool Fremantle venues Mrs Brown and Propellor. The guys know how to run some great bars.

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