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• The boys behind Ezra Pound – Talmage Andersen
and Jan Kulski – are back with their next offering,
Old Faithful, inspired by an IPA and barbecue-fuelled
trip to the States. The new King Street bar’s smoked
beef ribs would do any Yank proud.
• Now there’s even more reason to wish The Office
on Harrogate was your actual office: in autumn, it
was granted a small bar licence.
• The two-storey heritage building on the corner of James
and William streets in Northbridge will soon be the new
home of a small bar by the name of Lot 20. Opening
later in the year, the watering hole will comprise an
alfresco area downstairs and a diner upstairs. Can’t wait.
• The Odd Fellow, the revamped basement bar under
The Norfolk Hotel, is offering a brilliant excuse for
RECIPE: TUSCAN BLAZER
Luxe Bar’s most popular winter cocktail is
as entertaining to watch being created as it
is delicious to drink.
30ml Woodford Reserve
1 dash whisky barrel-aged bitters
Add all ingredients to brandy balloon. Place balloon
over tumbler filled with hot water to heat ingredients,
and leave for one minute. Slice an orange cheek to
create a ‘coin’ of orange peel (the size of a 50 cent
piece or bigger). Using a lighter, hold the lit flame
over the brandy balloon. Squeeze the orange
peel over the flame, letting the oils from the peel
drip through the flame and into the glass. Drop
star anise into the glass, and then rotate the glass
on tumbler. Remove from tumbler and place three
napkins on top to snuff out flames.
GARNISH Orange rind and star anise.
Anyone who’s spent
a night on the
town in Melbourne
can attest to
effects of late-night
dumplings. We may not
have classic eateries like
Melbourne’s Hutong Dumpling
Bar or ShanDong MaMa’s, but what we do have is the
spanking new Darling’s Supper Club, a small bar in
Northbridge. The Lake Street venue is the brainchild
of Andy Freeman, of Luxe Bar and Varnish on King
fame, and ticks all the boxes: open kitchen, great music
and alfresco dining. It’s even open till 3am. “Offering
a Western twist on dumplings is something we hadn’t
seen in Perth,” says Andy. “A glass of wine or a cocktail
with a few dumplings after work, or late at night,
sounded awesome to me, so we did it. The feeling
from fellow industry types is that they will all be coming
to Darling’s after work when they finish their shifts.”
With sakes, Asian whiskies and what Andy calls a “killer
mixed drink list of classics with a tiny twist”, filling his
bar should be easy. 47 Lake Street, Northbridge.
midweek after-work drinks: twenty bucks scores
you two Sipsmith Autumn Gin cocktails as well as
a shared tasting plate.
• Following on the popularity of their cocktail degustation
series, the boys from The Classroom have launched The
Spirit Faculty, a monthly educational evening devoted to
different spirits, which includes cocktails and snacks for
its ‘students’. It’s a steal at $40.
• Scarborough’s new Matisse Beach Club is not for the
plastic-averse. Everything from the glassware to the
tables is made of the stuff – even the fake palms lining
the pool. The water’s real, though, so take care.
• Speaking of Scarborough beach bars, Ocean One Bar
has taken over the long-vacant premises next door. More
room for table tennis!
The Odd Fellow.
Bill’s Bar and Bites
The Leederville Hotel has shaken its ‘Seedy Leedy’ moniker thanks to a hip new pop-up bar by the name of Bill’s Bar and Bites.
It’s occupying the Leedy’s front room until renovations on the hotel begin at the end of the year. The decor might be a touch
try-hard (is anyone else over exposed, paint-chipped brick?), but we dig the pool tables and original tiles. Executive chef Damien
Young, previously of the Butterworth Bar and Kitchen, has put together a collection of sharable finger foods like ceviche, toasties,
terrines and cured meats. To wash it down, the resident bottle twirlers shake a mean cocktail, but for the nostalgic patrons there’s
canned Emu Bitter. Venue manager Dwight Alexander says it’s an effort to make Bill’s accessible to everyone. “It’s a bit hipster;
there’s that kind of vibe to it,” says Dwight. “But it’s the kind of place anyone can go for a drink. We get all sorts of people here.”
742 Newcastle Street, Leederville.
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