While alcohol retail giant Dan Murphy’s has been unsuccessfully trying to set up shop in Griffith for years, two local best friends are celebrating the approval of their liquor licence.
Kylie Barrington, 29, and Laura De Mamiel, 32, are the owners of The Perfect Pour, a unique business that supplies beer, wine, champagne and cocktails for events, as well as bar staff, nibbles and a portable bar and cool room.
“If you have a function at a private premises or non-licensed venue, you need a liquor licence if you’re selling alcohol for money or paying bar staff,” Ms Barrington said.
“Now that we have a liquor licence, we can supply that for you and cater the event.”
Ms De Mamiel said she came up with the idea for the business while planning her own wedding.
“I got married last year and I found there weren’t many options for supplying alcohol for my wedding, which we had at my dad’s backyard.
“There was a gap there. Kylie had the same idea, so we thought we’d give it a go.”
The regulator, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), approved their request for an ‘on-premises liquor licence for catering service with sale on other premises’ authorisation, which gives them the right to sell alcohol at private events between the hours of 10 am and 4 am.
“I am satisfied that the proposed licensee is a fit and proper person to carry out the business or activity to which the proposed licence relates,” ILGA delegate Zof El Husseini said in his decision.
There were no submissions to the ILGA opposing the proposal.
The approval even gives The Perfect Pour the right to cater for events with more than 2000 people, provided they give appropriate notice and gain approval from council and police.
“So far we have catered to events of about 60 to 100 people, but we have a wedding of 240 people coming up,” Ms Barrington said.
Their success has come months after ILGA knocked back Dan Murphy’s application for a packaged liquor licence at a premises on Yambil Street, with the regulator citing Griffith’s high domestic violence rate as a key factor underpinning their decision.
“Our licence is for mobile service, it’s not an actual location. If you try and get a pub licence it’s very hard,” Ms Barrington said.
“It took a long time for us to get it, but it wasn’t so difficult.”
The duo are now looking forward to the town’s notorious wedding season over summer.
“I love working at events, because I feel I am out, that it’s work and social at the same time, you meet so many different people,” Ms De Mamiel said.
“We’ve got lots of packages. Either you supply the alcohol and we bring the staff and bar. Or we can supply the alcohol for you too. People do all different things and we have the options for all bases. We do cocktails too.”
Ms Barrington said: “All the bars we’ve had we’ve made ourselves, usually out of wood. But we’ve got one made out of milk crates for a hen’s night, just for something different.
“If there’s any bar service, food needs to be provided. If you haven’t catered with someone else, we can bring grazing platters or bar food.
“We have started hiring our own wine glasses, so you don’t have to get that from someone else.
“We have a mobile cool room that we hook onto the back of the car. The alcohol is kept cold for when we arrive. We are also willing to travel to nearby towns.
“Griffith has the crowd to do this, it’s just a matter of us getting the word out there.”
You can get in touch with The Perfect Pour via their Facebook page.