The Standard

The Standard

Standard in name but not by nature With only a couple of months until its first birthday, we thought a review of The Standard was well overdue. One of our favourite new venues in Perth, and according to legend, previously a questionable locale for cards and cheeky drinks between old boys, The Standard has experienced a change of character, replacing it with one of the most vibrant and original spaces to be found in Northbridge. With its fun, relaxed vibe and decidedly airy feel, The Standard is a great destination for a bite to eat after a show, or just as appropriate, some afternoon drinks in the very cruisy wine garden. I’m hanging out with effervescent Venue Manager Clancy Rasmussen who admits that while her experience of running bars is limited to her current role, an extensive background in restaurants and other management roles have seen her bring new ideas and experiences to the venue. And there’s plenty here that is different from the norm, from the décor in the wine garden to the wall-mounted foghorn plant, and similarly-affixed light box art from Freo-based designers Dunk n Wagnell. I love a good shipping container said no one ever, but the guys down here have made excellent use of the one they have, with the roof used as a second level balcony complete with tables and chairs, and the inside doubling (or is that trebling?) up as a cool room, store room and bar … very functional! From the roof of the container you can experience an elevated perspective of parts of the Northbridge and city skylines, while the voyeur...
The Heritage

The Heritage

The name says it all. Almost everything about The Heritage harks back to another point in time. I say almost everything as there are some exceptions which we’ll get to soon. If the 1920s is an era that you’re a fan of, and seriously, what’s not to love, then you’ll be in your element here. I’m sitting with Helen Clarke, Administration & Functions Manager at The Heritage, and this international hospitality veteran has got plenty to tell me when on the topic of her latest project, the first venue she has been responsible for since her arrival back in WA. From the marble flooring to the French-custom made pewter bartop, the mood is decidedly continental, a feeling that is cemented when you also take into account the Foucault pendulum chandeliers, designed in 1851 and similarly imported from France. That continental vibe is further enhanced by the airiness that exists on the warmer days, when the staff open the huge windows facing Brookfield Place, and allow the urban atmosphere to come pouring through. While the vibe may be European, two of the three owners, Paul and Lynn Wolkowinski hail from the UK. Continuing their impressive hospitality tradition, they’ve been behind the wheel of this new venue since its launch back in 2012, while Lynn has been an owner in the Perth hospitality scene for quite a bit longer as proprietor of long-standing Barrack Street venue Halo. The ownership trio is rounded out by another member of the Wolkowinski clan Edward, who is also the venue’s General Manager. The venue may be new but the building is steeped in history with...
Perth Nightclubs

Perth Nightclubs

With so many new venues opening in Perth recently, we thought it would be good to take a snapshot of the current state of play for Perth nightclubs. Some of the Perth nightclubs that exist today have been around for years, decades even! However that’s not to say that they haven’t continually been getting revamped with new décor, equipment and layout, far from it. In this article we’ll take a look at the main players in Perth’s nightclub scene and what you can expect at each one. Although the information in this list was accurate at the time of writing, for the most up to date details, you might want to check the Facebook page of the venue you’re looking to go to. Almost none of the nightclubs on this list have current event information on their website, so the Facebook option, or giving them a call, seem to be the best methods of making sure you’re don’t rock up to a trap night when you thought you were in for a night of retro classics. Now that would be a disaster! Air There’s plenty of fun to be had at this Northbridge club, with plenty of big room house and regular fancy dress events. If you enjoy catching celebrities from some of your favourite tv shows, then that’s another reason to get down here and immerse yourself in the plush surroundings. 139 James St, Northbridge (upstairs) P. 0427 933 836 W. www.airclub.com.au F. www.facebook.com/airclubperth Ambar If there was an award for winning Perth nightclub awards then Ambar would have it in the bag. Picking up the gong for...
Bob’s Bar

Bob’s Bar

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work – Aristotle Bob’s Bar – Introduction I had no idea before I sat down with Seb Levy from Bob’s Bar that the venue was so heavily centered around craft beer, and having never met Seb before,  I was equally oblivious to the guy’s passion for the amber nectar. I guess the first clue as to the focus of the business is in the name. Conceived as a tribute to Australia’s third longest serving prime minster, and famously the holder of a world record for drinking beer, Bob Hawke, Bob’s Bar sits atop the Print Hall and Apple Daily venues. As one of only a handful of rooftop bars in Perth, one could be forgiven for thinking that its physical location would be its primary selling point. Not so. Seb loves his beer, but not any old sort. As a connoisseur of the stuff, this venue manager is on a mission to keep the mass produced brews well away from his bar. Focusing instead on unpasturised niche brands with names like Stone Brewing from San Diego and also Renaissance Brewing from Marlborough New Zealand. Seb seeks to provide a relaxed environment, where those looking for that something different can come in the knowledge that they’ve got a beer nut like Seb in their corner. With more than 20 craft beers always on offer, there’s bound to be something here for even the most discerning of aficionados, and in addition to the regular action, there are also recurring events such as the recently held American Craft Beer Week to further satisfy your...
Cheeky Sparrow

Cheeky Sparrow

Ah Wolf Lane, we love this space. As former Melbournites, any cityscape that reminds us of our hometown always makes us feel good inside. So this laneway with its bars and street art hits the spot for us every time. And tucked away down the cobblestones is the multi-purpose venue Cheeky Sparrow. This place has more skins than an onion which may have something to do with the fact that it keeps such long opening hours, and as a result it gets such a diverse clientele. The early sparrow catches the worm, as it kicks things off Mon-Fri from 6.30am. This has got to be one of the earliest opening bars in the whole of Perth! On Mondays they’re open until 12pm and the menu is fairly limited. You can have coffee, coffee, or yes, you guessed it, coffee. Tues-Fri you can grab some breakky until 10.30am, lunch from 11.30am, and the kitchen is open all day, usually ‘till about 9pm. The weekends are different again with the venue running from 3pm until 12am on Sat (later license pending), and closed all day Sunday. And if you fancy a boogie, get down on a Friday and hear a selection of retro grooves, interspersed with a sprinkling of random sounds thrown in for good measure. So is it a café or a wine bar? General Manager Bryce Bateman is keen to avoid pigeonholing the space and instead states that he see the place as neither, although it performs the activities of both very well. It’s a relaxed casual vibe, reminiscent of, as Bryce puts it, “Nana’s living room”. Now I...
Bobèche

Bobèche

One of Perth’s most unique venues, Bobèche takes its name from the French theatre clown who was a popular performer in the early 1900s. Just like its namesake, the venue has a distinguished appearance with just enough eccentricity to give it its unique character, and certainly enough tricks up its sleeve to entice you in. Located within the depths of Brookfield Place beneath another iconic Perth venue, The Heritage Brasserie, Bobèche now inhabits a space formerly occupied by a collection of UK-based merchants, shipping agents and insurance brokers. These were industries that ran hot around a century ago, which is right about the period that the venue’s décor takes its inspiration from. Other colourful aspects of French life that were related to French theatre around the time of Bobèche included the infamous painter Toulouse-Loutrec and the hedonistic suburb of Montmartre. The fact that both of its entrances, particularly the St Georges Terrace version, require the punter to delve underground to gain admittance further fuels that hedonistic impression. You can just imagine yourself descending into a den of iniquity and hopefully if you’re lucky, a serving of debauchery thrown in for good measure. Bobèche – layout and design As you arrive into the venue from either the steep descending staircase of the St Georges Terrace entrance, or the more open façade of the Brookfield Place access point, you can’t miss the murals that adorn the walls, including that of the main clown himself. As the background music eases you towards one of the many custom-made Chesterfields, the music helps to compound that Roaring 20s feeling with its elements of Dixieland,...
The Pub Crawl

The Pub Crawl

Providing people from all walks of life the opportunity to let their hair down and have a fun-filled few hours, the pub crawl is an institution that has been with us since, well, ages really. The Stone Ages to be precise. That’s right; it seems even Fred Flintsone & Barny Rubble used to get stuck into a bit of the amber nectar, with the discovery of beer jugs from the Neolithic period around 10,000 B.C. According to The SAFE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives, pub crawl-type behaviour has been referred to as far back as the 16th century in Southhampton, England. However it wasn’t until 1883 that the practice was first documented, and the term “pub crawl” did not appear until as late as 1915. The phrase was introduced by a writer called Thomas Burke who specialised in observations of the downtrodden inhabitants of London’s infamous East End. The SAFE Encyclopedia also points out that the term “bar hopping” was introduced in 1945 and was used by the Americans to describe the same ritual. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes a pub crawl as “a visit to several or many pubs or bars in one night”. This suits the gang here at Bar Hop just fine as we’re all about the bar scene here in Perth. A pub crawl can mean different things to different people and part of the reason for that is that there are other names for this particular pastime. Some of the more popular terms include bar crawl, bar tour and of course, what we are all about, the bar hop. In many cities and...
Things to do in Perth – beaches, pools & the river

Things to do in Perth – beaches, pools & the river

After previously living in the UK and Melbourne, I love living in Perth. When people who aren’t from Perth ask someone from Perth what it is about the city that they like the most, they almost always end their question with, “apart from the weather”. It’s like they know that the weather here is so good, with its 3000+ hours of annual sunshine that it really just goes without saying. Whenever I’m faced with this same restriction on my free speech, I now tell everyone it’s the lifestyle here in Perth that makes me love the place so much. But then of course, the lifestyle is a direct result of the weather! But what else is on that list? Why are so many of us packing our bags and heading west? In the first of our articles on things to do in Perth, we dive in (literally) for a look at the beaches and pools, as well as the river, and discover why getting wet in Perth is so much fun. The beaches “Which one?” I hear you ask? “All of them” I reply. There are so many awesome beaches in and around Perth it would be unfair to attempt to rank them. Leighton Beach is great for dog owners. Port Beach is great for young kids with its flat, shallow bottom and minimal surf. Scarborough Beach is a great spot to catch some waves, while City Beach is as its name suggests is close to the city and has some great BBQ facilities. Swanbourne Beach is the beach to visit if you’re looking for that all over tan, (nudge...