Local artists haunt at the Perth’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth bar Picabar is vibing with artsy Northbridge appeal and has become quite the institution since opening back in 2012.
After a close call with their lease in 2019, the close-knit community rallied behind owners (and brothers) Brian and Conor Buckley and created the Save Picabar campaign which caused quite the stir and proved just how loyal their following was. The campaign paid off in the end with the state government granting them a long term lease, so you can rest assured the good times will keep on rolling.
More recently, Picabar closed for renovations and while the rest of Perth opened back up after lockdown, we've been waiting patiently to find out when we can get ourselves back to there for a drink at one of the outdoor tables.
Well, we've finally heard they'll be ready to re-open on Friday 25 September if all goes to plan, so keep your eyes on their socials and make a tentative date to head in and check out their new digs.
According to the team, "it's been a labour of love bringing this old building back to glory but still holding on to what everyone loved about the place. We could hardly let all the regulars who rallied to Save Picabar down by changing the place beyond all recognition. What has been amazing is the help we had from our terrific Cultural Centre neighbours The State Library and The State Records Office to help us uncover the building’s former life as The Perth Boys School."
They managed to discover and old fireplace during the renovations which has now been restored—so keep that in mind next winter—but for now, get excited about their new outdoor space which is going to be perfect for afternoon drinks.
They've also got a new cellar and cold room which means they've been able to expand the beer, wine and food offering, but you'll have to hold tight for all the details on the menu. For now, just keep Friday 25 September free.
Until then, check out the best things to do in Perth.
Image credit: Louise Coghill