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The New Perth Bars on Everyone’s Hit List

From the tile-clad Middle-Eastern themed to the friendly neighbourhood bar, a bar-restaurant-liquor store hybrid to a bar that tips the hat to a bygone era of Australiana; the new wave of Perth bars leaves no territory unexplored.

As some of the most anticipated openings of 2018, a visit to these four bars should be at the top of your list.

Tiny’s

An oxymoron of epic proportions, the newest addition to the restaurant, bar and liquor store scene on St George’s Terrace is anything but what its name makes it out to be. Breathing life in to the old Bar One site in QV1, Tiny’s is the brainchild of the duo behind the wildly successful Mary St Bakery, Paul Aaron and Michael Forde.

In true Aaron and Forde style, the ambitious space has been kept light, bright and airy, clad in their signature timber style. Even the kitchen is taking its cues from the duo’s previous ventures, with a focus on classic, hearty dishes done well. The spotlight is on both the rotisserie – chicken or whole fish, take your pick – and the fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the sustainable rooftop garden.

As far as the bar and liquor store goes, wine lovers are left in the hands of sommelier Rachael Niall and her 300-bottle strong selection of boutique wines; while cocktail drinkers can expect an exciting list with the input and expertise of ex-Mechanics Institute and Dominion League manager Brett Robinson.

A little tip for the music lovers: you can flick through a selection of records for purchase at the Tiny’s liquor store too.

250 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

Hadiqa

Just 8 months after opening the CBDs very first tequila bar, Andy Freeman has added a fourth venue to his ever-growing portfolio. Livening up the brand-new Hibernian Place at the eastern end of the CBD, and neighbouring the towering Westin hotel, Hadiqa is one of the first bars to open in the area.

‘Hadiqa’ is the Arabic word for ‘garden’; and the lush, Middle-Eastern rooftop bar and supper club does a good job of living up to its name. Surrounded by greenery and authentic ornate Middle-Eastern tiles, the indoor ‘wahah’ space and open-air rooftop ‘shurifa’ make fine examples of an urban oasis.

The cocktail list at Hadiqa is relatively small one, with reds, whites and brews making up the majority of the drinks list. Though it may be small, the rose syrup, mint and citrus heavy selection of cocktails perfectly complements the Moroccan flavours coming from the kitchen. Heavier on the Moroccan influence than the bar, the kitchen creates the likes of eggplant and harissa kebabs, cauliflower, ras el hanout and yoghurt salad, and Prawn şiş, tomato and toum.

40 Irwin St, Perth WA 6000

Back Bar at Hylin

Tucked away behind a West Leederville institution is the honest neighbourhood bar, Back Bar at Hylin. Russell and Anita Corr’s latest after-dark venture seemed a natural progression from Hylin, the bustling day time venue they took over just over a year ago.

Stripped back but definitely not minimal in style, the lofty space the bar calls home has a distinct industrial feel. A polished concrete floor, exposed Edison bulbs and black bi-fold windows are accented with softer timber surfaces, a custom mural, and an array of greenery.

Just like the space, the food and drink menus at Back Bar are kept relatively fuss-free. Bar manager Jake Silvester and head chef Tommy Payne crafted their menus to let the produce speak for itself. Think OG cheeseburgers and nacho croquettes from the kitchen, and from the bar, much-loved cocktails with a twist and a small but thoughtful selection of local boutique wines by the glass or bottle.

Rear of 178 Railway Parade, West Leederville WA 6007

Ronnie Nights

They fused together the most unexpected of elements – old school Fremantle charm, 70s Australiana, the good old house party and a touch of refinement – but somehow the team behind Strange Company made Ronnie Nights work.

Staff get around in flannelette shirts, there is a period staircase in the middle of the front bar, the floor is covered in original ornate tiling and a wall of devil’s ivy takes pride of place next to the staircase; in theory, it is hardly a cohesive aesthetic, but in practice it all works so incredibly well.

Even the bar is serving up the unexpected, with salted spirulina cocktails and melon ball and party umbrellas garnishes. If cocktails aren’t your thing, they are pouring 12 craft brews on tap and a have a curated selection of quirky wines from boutique producers, each selected from personal visits to the cellar door.

The food offerings from Chilean head chef chef Paula Galvez are fast, casual and mostly on a stick – think vegetable skewers, satay sticks, empanadas and pailitas.

75/77 Market St, Fremantle WA 6160

Published 25 May, 2018