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Bearded, bespectacled, or covered in body art, Indie Kids live for breaking new territory, discovering new
bands, designers, and craft beer before the masses get to them. You can find them sipping artisan coffee
and reading Vice in exposed-brick cafes throughout Freo, Northbridge and Mount Lawley.
LOVE S Vinyl, beards,
gigs, street art, irony,
busters like Koi Child,
Mt. Mountain, Lower
Spectrum and Moana.
WAT E RING HOLE You’ll find indie kids sipping craft beer or cheap
Emu Exports (um, it’s ironic) while checking out gigs at William Street’s
The Bird, or the new Jack Rabbit Slim’s on Aberdeen Street, a massive
music venue-cum-diner with street art and pop-culture references galore.
SUNDAY MORNING BREKKIE
Uncle Joe’s on King Street is the
order of the day, with batch brew
coffee and gourmet sandwiches
that are hearty enough to give New
York delis a run for their money.
Plus, it doubles as a hipster barber.
The street art-covered Sayers in
Leederville is another fave, with
inventive breakfasts, and coffee made
from their own special blend.
DINNE R Er, since when did
the humble barbie get so hip?
We’re not sure, but it seems
your dad was onto something,
with a crop of new meat-focused
joints drawing throngs of cooler-
than-thou customers. Arguably
the best is Old Faithful, an
American BBQ-style joint with
tender slow-smoked meats and
a selection of local craft beers.
GROOMING For guys, the hands-
down best option is Westons
Barbershop on William Street.
Architectural beards, old-time
references, and muso pedigree (beat
producer Ta-Ku is part-owner)? Check,
check and check. Girls sign their day
over to Head Studio on King Street,
knowing the perfect peroxide, fringe,
or pastel hues of a My Little Pony take
a serious time investment. And both
guys and gals get custom-designed
tatts from Holdfast Tattoo in Vic Park
or Freo’s WA INK.
RE TAIL T HE RAPY Lessons Concept Store in Freo
is through a barred door, down an alleyway, and in
a dim basement, which makes it hard for the masses to
find it. Good, say the indies, who like being part of the
select few who buy its exclusive labels. Elroy Clothing in
Mount Lawley, owned by a former member of The Clash,
stocks cool rock ’n’ roll threads, with a particularly great
selection of denim. And at Cabinet Noir, a timber-lined
sneaker store on Shafto Lane, cool kids get their kicks
without having to deal with a shred of hipster ’tude.
WORKOUT Gyms are so
mainstream. No Lights No
Lycra, a freeform dance
in total darkness that
originated in – you guessed
it – Melbourne, is much
more original, and, we
would venture, much more
fun. Oh, and there’s always
the skate park at Freo’s
Esplanade Youth Plaza.
PLAY T IME Indie kids top up their
vinyl collections (the jury’s out on
whether any own a record player) at
Fat Shan’s, Safari’s Record Shack,
or the old classic 78 Records. They
also check out sporadic gigs at
Whipper Snapper Distillery, or
raucous art shows at Little Wing
Cor ner Gallery.
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