The long anticipated brewpub, Pirate Life Perth, has officially flung open its doors, and we couldn’t be more excited. Brought to us by local hospitality legends Sneakers & Jeans (responsible for The Flour Factory, Varnish On King, Caballitos, Hadiqa and Goody Two’s) and the Pirate Life founders, the highly-anticipated brewery is located in the old Sony building on Murray Street, just over the road from Perth Arena and Yagan Square.
But just you wait, as Pirate Life Perth is not like any old brewery—it’s also home to a restaurant called TOMA, two private dining rooms, and two soon-to-be-opened bars: The Yard and honey. With endless drinks options and delicious food, Pirate Life Perth is going to have you coming back time and time again.
So, where to start? As you enter Pirate Life from Murray Street, you’re first met with the brewery where you’ll find the 15-metre main bar with 36 taps, plus cocktails, wines and spirits if beer isn’t your thing. It’s the ideal spot to chill out on the long wooden tables, order a few bar snacks and sink a few cold ones with your nearest and dearest. Afterwards, check out the merch store, and score limited edition tees, caps, hoodies and more, and most importantly, grab a carton or six-pack of Pirate Life beers to take home with you.
Towards the rear of the brewery is TOMA, a casual yet fine dining restaurant that has our heart. Think dim lighting, velvet seats and copper finishings, with a cocktail list that’ll have you drooling. If you’re a cocktail fanatic like us, make sure you try the Gratitude Envy, the perfect palate cleanser with kiwi fruit and verjuice, and end the meal with the MC Monte, an apricot delight that is perfect to sip on while you munch through dessert. Food wise, there's an array of woodfired eats to tempt you on the menu. Their signature dish is the aptly named TOMAhawk, a beastly piece of meat cooked on their custom woodfired grill, but there’s also melt in your mouth tuna, salty and moorish bone marrow smothered on grilled bread, hearty risotto, lobster tail and fresh fish served on a pool of burnt butter sauce on the menu. Finish with pecan pie splashed with bourbon or a slice of New York style cheesecake and you’re just about set to roll out of there.
In the coming months, there’ll be two more bars opening—The Yard and honey, so keep your eyes peeled for date announcements. The Yard will be a beer garden with a Palm Springs vibe, so imagine lush vegetation and heaps of playful colours, with exciting cocktails and satisfying bites (think crowd pleasers like fried chicken and club sandwiches). You’ll catch us here all summer long, living out our Coachella dreams. Underneath The Yard will be honey, an intimate and moody rum bar, fitted out with street art and a backlit bar with tapas-style nibbles.
Pirate Life’s private dining areas will be perfect for your next function, from birthdays to work dos. The Mezz looks out onto the busy brewery below, and TANK is an enclosed space sitting alongside the functioning brewery. Both have dedicated wait staff, so all you need to do is sit back and soak up the atmosphere.
Frothy pints, plenty of cocktails, gourmet meals, and soon, a grungy underground bar and summer-ready deck—Pirate Life’s ticking all the boxes.
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Image credit: Supplied, Kate Jones