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STATE OF PLAY
The game-changing State Buildings development has been abuzz since
opening in October, invigorating the CBD with a mix of high-calibre
dining, retail and hotel options. Comprising three interconnected
heritage buildings on the corner of St Georges Terrace and
Barrack Street – formerly used for the Treasury, Post Office and
other government functions – the State Buildings forms the
centrepiece of the city’s new Cathedral Square precinct.
Punters have flocked to the self-explanatory Petition Beer
Corner and Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, which take
their respective tipples seriously. The Beer Corner has
18 independent craft beer taps, with a rotating selection
from 200 Australian breweries, and Cicerone-certified beer
servers (so you know they know their stuff), while the wine
bar offers a carefully curated selection of boutique drops.
Tucked in the basement of the former Titles Office is
intimate bar Halford, which owner John Parker describes as
“a contemporary take on the 1950s late-night lounge bar, when
conversation was king, and elegant decadence met the modern
world”. Take our money!
Petition Beer Corner.
p Bassendean has its first small bar. Cork & Bottle, on
Old Perth Road, is a cosy watering hole and function
space that gives locals a dose of old-fashioned fun. On
quiet nights, you can borrow board games like chess,
Scrabble or Chinese checkers. A small stage allows a
rotating program of live music. Open seven days.
p Maylands continues to kick ass, with two more bars
on the horizon. Pending a liquor licence, proposed
bar and cafe Lyric Lane will have an underground
basement for live music. The Kings Above will open
on Eighth Avenue in early 2016. Watch this space!
p Late-night bar and lounge The Monastery is
a decadent new destination on Freo’s High Street.
Check out the cocktail list and 1920s vibe.
p Beaufort Street gin specialist Enrique’s School
for to Bullfighting celebrated its second birthday in
October. Not bad for a pop-up bar!
Described as “Miami meets Cuba”, the Leederville Hotel’s revamped outdoor
space has the kind of cool, nostalgic vibe that lends itself to balmy summer nights.
And it’s not just style over substance – The Blue Flamingo is managed by self-confessed
‘booze nerd’ Nick Harris, previously of Perth’s El Público, and Vue de Monde and Gin
Palace in Melbourne.
He says the bar draws on flavours from across the Americas, particularly rum, tequila
and cachaca, with a focus on cocktails and punches. Classics like mojitos, caipiroskas,
margaritas and daiquiris are front and centre.
“The reason they stand the test of time is because they’re quality and taste good,”
Nick says.“The 80s and 90s were a dark time for cocktails, it was about masking the
flavour of things, so it’s fun to see that full rotation.
“We’re also looking forward to bringing back the blender.”
The large open space has a variety of seating, including booths and 14-seater
tables, which offer the capacity for a group “to just stroll in”. Pitchers and shareable
street food sweeten the deal.
742 Newcastle Street, Leederville (entry from laneway off Oxford Street).
THE BLUE FLAMINGO
Enriques School for
The Postal Hall in the
revamped State Buildings
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