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p PERTH DRAUGHT
Talk about starting with a bang. The first beer from
new WA brewery Horn Bros Brewing Co, run by brothers
Jaxon, Leo and Lachlan Horn, has us swooning. The
light and bright Asian-style lager has all the makings
to become Perth’s beer of choice.
Drink at The Village Bar, The Dominion League,
Lalla Rookh and The Cottesloe Beach Hotel.
p MUNCHEN MONKEY
Margaret River’s ever-popular Cheeky Monkey Brewery
has given beer lovers yet another reason to head south:
a new lager made with 100 per cent German malts, which
give it a sweet, caramel finish. Head brewer Ross Terlick
reckons it’s ideal for winter drinking round the fire. We
couldn’t agree more.
Drink at The Cheeky Monkey
brewery. Perfect excuse for
a road trip!
p SMALL ALE
Colonial Brewing has caught on to
the beer-in-a-can trend with the
recent release of their Small Ale
– a mid-strength beer with a nifty
360-degree lid that lifts off the
entire top of the can, making it
the ideal beer receptacle. Plus,
it’s damn cute. We approve.
Drink at 399 Bar, Five Bar,
No Mafia, The Raffles Hotel
and The Precinct.
You know that drunken conversation you keep having with your mates? The one about how you’ll all open a bar
together one day – one with the ultimate cocktails, food and playlist? Hats off to Perth local Mitch Ryan. He and 10 of
his buddies made that dream come true in March when they opened Howling’s Bar on the corner of Hay and Milligan.
“We were looking at venues for quite a while when we heard about Nine Mary’s being for sale,” says Mitch, the bar’s
managing director. “We fell in love with it, but negotiations took forever – 12 long months. But the only real downside
of buying the venue was knowing Nine Mary’s was leaving. That place was the best! I really miss their food.” But it’s the
building’s original tenant – Hugh Howling’s Soda Fountain and Chemist – that inspired the owners most. “The chemist
was in business for most of the first half of the 20th century, so we wanted to pay homage to its history,” says Mitch.
“We added art deco touches to the logo and the fit-out – you can see it in the wallpaper and light fixtures – and we’re
planning on blowing up a 1930s black-and-white photo of the chemist to cover a wall.” Since opening four months ago,
the bar has gained a slew of loyals, thanks to its inspired reinterpretations of classic cocktails. We love the Dr Howling’s
Love Potion, a pink and floral twist on the Negroni. But the watering hole’s biggest drawcard is its food. Head chef
Stephen ‘Bobby’ Thomas’s international menu reflects his time spent travelling through the US, South America and
Europe. Think American smoked barbecue pork ribs with coleslaw, Mexican-inspired tequila salmon gravlax and
cochinita pibil, and the wildly popular chorizo- and cheese-stuffed arancini that would keep even the fussiest of Sicilians
happy. Anyone else more convinced than ever to open a bar one day? Cnr Hay and Milligan streets, Perth.
Crown Sports Bar
Perth sports lovers have seriously scored, with the recent renovation of
Crown Sports Bar. The bar not only boasts Australia’s largest high-
resolution cinematic sports-bar screens, but there’s also a tricked-out
section called The Box, which is available to hire, complete with a dozen
Recaro seats, a personal host, and access to the full Merrywell menu. Oh,
and did we mention the bar’s open 24/7? You’ll never miss a middle-of-the-
night game again (but you might miss work the next day. Consider yourself
warned). Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood.
• Amani Wine Bar,
• Andaluz Bar and
• The Boulevard,
• The Brisbane
• The Cabin,
• Clancy’s Fish Pub,
• The Cottesloe Beach
• The George, CBD
• Mrs Brown,
• Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco
• Sandalford Winery,
BEST NEW WA BREWS
PERTH’S BEST FIREPLACES
Nothing beats a winter chill like
a drink by the fire. Here’s where to
head when the temperatures drop.
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