A newcomer to the Margaret River main street hospitality scene has scored big at a major competition in Perth. Newly-established bar Rhum Burgundy reached the top five in last week’s Australian Hotels Association cocktail competition for a charming number called the “Cup of Concrete”. Bar owner and long-term local mixologist Billy Phillips told the Times he and his colleagues were “stoked” with the win given the quality of the competition. The prize was eventually taken home by Crown Perth, which promoted its efforts to thousands of patrons before last Tuesday’s mix-off before a panel of judges. Phillips said Rhum Burgundy patrons gave strong support through online voting which catapulted the bar on to the grand stage — though AHA also reached out to Phillips, a well-known cocktail maestro, just to make sure he was entering. “We just wanted to get the top five to get the exposure,” he said. “We’re just happy making awesome cocktails.” The Cup of Concrete features Gnarabup limestone-infused Belvedere vodka, gooseberry and white chocolate-infused Noily Prat dry vermouth and three drops of lemon pepper oil. Crown’s winning offering, delivered by Robin De Mesquita Mollentze, was called La Bamba. Ingredients included charred corn and beeswax-infused Don Julio Blanco and a Casamigos mezcal red wine and berry reduction, fresh coriander syrup, Maggie Beer verjuice, Amaro Nonino, Bittermans Xocolatl Mole, aperol and clarified tomato water foam, black truffle and charcoal tuille plus a soy lecithin emulsifier. Despite engineering the bar’s competing cocktail, Phillips was back home in Canada when it came time to deliver before the judges. Rhum Burgundy bar star Elena Panova represented the business admirably, Phillips said. He was also buoyed by community support for his new venture with LS Merchants, which only opened in January.