Mandurah pubs named some of the best in the west

Live Entertainment Venue Award: The Bridge Garden Bar restaurant manager Brittney Hutchen-Craig and events manager Grace Calder. Photo: Claire Sadler.
Live Entertainment Venue Award: The Bridge Garden Bar restaurant manager Brittney Hutchen-Craig and events manager Grace Calder. Photo: Claire Sadler.

Mandurah's hospitality is award-winning, according to the Australian Hotels Association (AHA).

The Bridge Garden Bar took out the Live Entertainment Venue Award while The Peninsula won the Bar Team Award.

The Bridge restaurant manager Brittney Hutchen-Craig said it was the first AHA award for the pub.

"While COVID-19 was tough for everyone it hit the music industry probably the worst and they're the last people you think of putting back in your business because it's an additional cost you're not sure you can have," she said.

"That's the best part of our award is that we can help the musicians get back into it as well."

To celebrate the win, The Bridge are hosting a Local and Live event on December 5.

"An award like a live entertainment award isn't just on us it's also on our amazing musicians and customers that come and support the entertainment," Events manager Grace Calder said.

"They create the atmosphere we have here so we wanted to do something to celebrate everybody."

Being a finalist in the award at The Brighton as well, Ms Calder is hoping one of the two bars takes out the win again next year.

"We are so lucky to have two venues to get to support these musicians."

Stand out team: The Peninsula staff took out The Bar Team Award at the AHA gala. Photo: Samantha Ferguson.

Stand out team: The Peninsula staff took out The Bar Team Award at the AHA gala. Photo: Samantha Ferguson.

The Bar Team Award recognised The Peninsula for its positive work culture and training initiatives. General manager Kevin Smith said he was proud of the team that made this award a reality.

"There were lots of restaurants and bars around the state that attended the awards so to pick something up was amazing," he said.

"We are a fast paced venue so a team that works well together is essential.

"The venue is nothing without the team - they work hard and deserve this award." The Peninsula are now preparing for its busiest time over the summer period.