SWALLOW BAR in Maylands has won the People’s Choice award at this year’s WA Small Bar Association awards.

The Whatley Crescent bar was opened in 2012 by Meredith Bastian and Zoe Roy, two Melbourne chefs who met while working at Stephanie Alexander’s iconic Cafe & Larder in Richmond Hill.

They hatched a plan to open their own place and moved to Perth to follow their dream.

“Maylands has an amazing community and the locals have been an incredible support to us from even before we opened,” Ms Roy says.

“We are a neighbourhood bar and a lot of our patrons have become like family.

“They love how welcomed they are into our cosy space, they love the intimacy and warmth, they love the food and carefully selected wines. Oh, and the free and fabulous local live music three times a week.”

The awards were held last week at The Standard in Northbridge, and hosted by Mondo butcher Vince “The Prince of Flesh” Garreffa.

Other winners included Varnish on King, which took home the Critic’s Choice award, and  Bar Lafayette in Brookfield Place, which won the “Smells like a small bar” gong.

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