Strange Company | Image credit: Louise Coghill
It’s not good enough anymore to like somewhere before it’s cool, you need to like it before it even exists, Listers! Perth has really upped the ante in the cafe, bar and restaurant stakes lately and we know you want to keep up with what's going on, right? Some of these babies are newborns, some are just a twinkle in the punter’s eye and some are downright gossip—because “fact checking” is for sissys! (just jokes, we're total fact checking nerds!)
Impress your mates and be one of the first through the doors of these new Perth bars, restaurants and cafes.
Rodney’s Bait n Tackle
Holy shrimp! Your friends are totes going to love your Instagram photos when you visit Rodney’s Bait n Tackle. This cool dive channels bait-shop chic like no one’s business—their bar is made out of an old boat! If that doesn’t impress you, you have no soul. That’s a fact. There is also a small stage and an in-house piano for live music performances. Hop on the Fremantle line and get off at Mossie Park—the bar is just across from the train station. You should dolphinately go, I’m not squidding.
Budburst Small Bar
What was formerly Wee Bar is now the home of Budburst Small Bar, the charming neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant that oozes French sophistication. Not surprisingly then, French fare is served up from head chef Gwenael Lesle, formerly of Bouchon Bistro. An impressive wine list is on offer from Rachael Niall, who has oodles of experience in the wine industry. It’s a golden combo for the Mount Hawthorn locals.
So a horse walks into a bar and is like…woah, what a fine selection of rye whiskies, bourbon and craft canned beers. Hopping on the Americana bandwagon that has arrived in P-town, Alabama Song is a formidable new addition to the Northbridge bar scene. Brought to you by those cool cowboys behind Sneaky Tony’s, La Cholita and Pleased to Meet You, this late night honky-tonk bar specialises in all things U.S. of A. Swing on through the saloon doors, take the bull by the horns (check out the massive steer head mounted on the wall) and get into an Alabama Ice Tea and some unshelled peanuts. Giddyup.
Freo nightlife is growing out of its awkward teenage years and is developing into a more mature being, and new small bar Strange Company is proof of this. Designed by the same architect that was behind Bread in Common, a cosy and demure ambiance is married to the relaxed Freo vibe we all love. Homemade pies, charcuterie platters, Ryan Gosling, a gorgeous wine selection—three of these four things can be found here.
Porky’s BBQ & Bar
It seems those damn Yankees have taken over Perth. Thank god they decided to bring delicious BBQ with them. Located on Aberdeen Street in Northbridge, Porky’s BBQ is serving up authentic American Style BBQ from its industrial Americana-adorned space. Head on down to bite into some brisket or pig out on Kansas pork ribs. Then wash that greasy animal farm down with a craft beer or cocktail.
There is a new favourite coffee spot in good ol’ Leedy for you to check out! The neighbourhood has rolled out the welcome wagon for Babylon Cafe, which offers Fiori coffee and a selection of tasty small eats. Find this little shack behind the rug store and treat yoself and your fur baby (dogs are welcome!) to some quality time in their funky urban courtyard. Oh and there's free Wi-Fi!
Finlay & Sons no 917
Finlay & Sons no 917 is raising the bar for cafe culture in Inglewood. A modern and sophisticated fit-out sets the tone and the marvellous food and drink offerings keep the punters coming back. The friendly staff here serve up coffee from Twin Peaks Coffee Roasters as well as Got Milk Donuts, craft beer and wine, breakfast, lunch and other special treats.
Head south of the river to check out the latest cafe offering in the budding Harrisdale area. Timber Cafe boasts a warm industrial interior with timber booths, pressed tin, and paired back modern fittings. But let’s face it— it’s all about the coffee and treats at this local. They serve up Typika Roasters beans and scrummy sweets like salted caramel cronuts and honey cake. Their seasonal breakfast menu is spot on and includes yummies like Huevos Rancheros, Pan Fried Mushrooms and Almost Spring Vanilla Porridge.
Nestling into the old location of The Naked Fig, Shorehouse is set to be a formidable beachside bar and restaurant. And no wonder, it comes from the old hands that brought you The Beaufort Street Merchant, The Trustee and Enrique's School for to Bullfighting. This 160 seater casual dining restaurant will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner this month—and we reckon it's the perfect place for ocean gazing and grazing.
Get Ya Fix
Fixies, coffee, micro herb farm and food—sounds like Get Ya Fix in Highgate knows its neighbours reeeeal good. Drop in to this hipster haunt when it opens later this month for some bike repairs, Five Senses Coffee, Glazed and Confused Doughnuts and house-made jaffles. Get to their website now to pick up pre-opening pre-paid coffee cards. 50 coffees for $50 or 100 for $100. Deal!
Henry on Eighth and The Kings Above
Maylands started gaining serious street cred when popular spots like Mrs S and Swallow Bar moved in. But now the rest of the bustling Eighth Avenue area is starting to fill out with cool neighbourhood spots, like Henry on Eighth and The Kings Above. Henry on Eighth, the ground floor cafe, will be serving Mano a Mano Coffee and modern Australian chow. The upstairs small bar, The Kings Above, will provide a much-needed watering hole and community space – it hopes to host book launches, poetry readings and photography, art exhibitions and executions of women who fail to produce male heirs (history).
After finding its way through a sea of red tape, Lyric Lane, the proposed wine bar, cafe and music venue, is set to begin construction in Maylands. This epic multi-storey venue is fixed to make its home where the old Speedlite bike shop on Guilford Road used to be. It will house a cafe/bar on the ground floor and have a basement set aside for cool things like comedy and live music. Drop the mic.
Side Door BBQ
We are keeping an eye on the corner of Beaufort and Mary Street for much anticipated American BBQ restaurant, Side Door BBQ.
World-class Thai cuisine, cellar bar, street art and Thai-market inspired eats. It’s what’s soon to be on offer from Long Chim and internationally renowned chef, David Thompson, the Thai cuisine guru behind popular restaurants such as Namh and Long Chim Singapore. This highly anticipated addition to the State Buildings redevelopment is set to make its home in the cellar and courtyard of the heritage buildings and will offer street-food inspired fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
Wildflower is a glass-encased rooftop restaurant set to the stunning backdrop of the Swan River and Perth city. Executive Chef Jed Gerrard, formerly of Sydney’s Black by Ezard, is at the helm of this destination restaurant offering, which is set to serve dishes inspired by the six seasons in the indigenous culture.
Petition | Beer Corner, Kitchen, Wine Bar and Merchant
The beer, wine bar and bistro component of State Buildings; Petition Beer Corner is serious about their brews—and will have 18 taps to prove it. They will be offering fine drafts, with a focus on WA’s best, including one-offs and limited releases. Their degustations and meet-the-brewer nights are sure to be on every beer enthusiast’s calendar.
Post will be a ground level bistro within COMO The Treasury hotel that will offer a more informal dining experience. Executive Chef Jed Gerrard has designed a contemporary Australian food menu with a French influence.
The Treasury Lounge and Bar
Overlooking the Supreme Court Gardens, The Treasury Lounge and Bar in COMO The Treasury will be the perfect place for city suits to congregate for post work tipples. Get set to soak up the high ceiling heritage space and fine libations in this future hot spot.
And keep an eye out for…
Telegram Coffee in Perth CBD
Little Way in Nedlands
Looking for more new openings in Perth? Check out The New Crop Of Perth Cafes, Restaurants And Bars You Need To Know About Part 2!