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There’s a lot to like about new Northbridge bar The
Standard: its fortuitous position on Roe Street across from
the soon-to-be-completed City Link Project; its cosy wine
garden looking onto the newly reactivated Nick’s Lane;
and its on-the-money playlist (because everyone knows
wine goes down best to the raspy tones of Eddie Vedder).
But wine’s not the only thing on offer. We’re digging
the very shareable, very drinkable carafe cocktails, like
the Ghost World – a spicy/sweet combination of rum,
hazelnut, lime, blueberry and ginger. And don’t you dare
visit without tasting the food. Chef Chase Weber, of No 4
Blake Street fame, has outdone himself with a collection of
clever, beautifully presented and affordable share plates.
Think Asian-ified beef carpaccio, pigtail-stuffed croquettes
and fava chips. 28 Roe Street, Northbridge.
THE DOMINION LEAGUE
You’ve got to hand it to a bar that announces its arrival
to the Northbridge drinking scene with a brass band-led
parade of people holding placards reading ‘Vote YES for
Mischief’. The Dominion League is the latest offering from
Hamish Fleming and Siobhan Blumann, owners of The
Mechanics’ Institute and Mrs Brown, and a duo with
a knack for producing low-key, good-drinking venues that
have none of the ‘try hard’ air rampant in new bars. Take
the basement, for instance. It has all the sexiness of a New
York jazz cellar – dim lighting, deep booths, worn-in carpet
and pretty incredible honeycomb Old Fashioneds. Mischief
makers, report for duty. 84 Beaufort Street, Perth.
Clint Nolan loves his laneway bars. In fact, he opened
two of them in November alone. Our favourite is Sneaky
Tony’s, a mystery-shrouded speakeasy in Chinatown.
“I’m really excited about this venue,” says Clint. “It’s
a prohibition rum bar based on Tony the Hat – a rum
runner in the States during the prohibition days. He was
a bit of a lady’s man and a gambler. The bar is basically
his living room.” The venue stocks more than 250 types of
rum, and serves American-inspired bar snacks. Its location
is something Clint wants to keep a secret as long as
possible. “It’s somewhere down a laneway in Chinatown –
that’s all I’ll say. I don’t want the address to ever get out,
though I know it will eventually. I want it to be a bar
that people have to search for, or just stumble upon.”
Clint takes the exclusivity up a notch by requiring that
people give the password – which they can get on
Facebook – to get in on Friday and Saturday nights.
How very sneaky. How very cool.
The Dominion League.
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