Freo's View


Posted in accommodation, architecture, art, bar, city of fremantle, food, history, hospitality, hotel, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018



National Hotel owner Karl Bullers gave me a quick preview of the new rooftop bar and twelve boutique hotel rooms and I left very impressed.

The rooftop bar will no doubt become one of Fremantle’s favourites, with sweeping views over the port, the historic West End and all over the city. The weather was very dull yesterday, so my photos unfortunately don’t do justice to the magnificence of it.

The hotel rooms are all individually styled with handmade furniture by Clint of Port Jarrah, which is just down the road from the hotel in High Street.

The rooms are really cosy and homely, some have views to the port, others over the city. The TVs are internet connected, there are bath tubs in some and twin showers in others, so recommend them to visitors who want something special smack bang in the middle of our beautiful city.

Noise insulation and double glazed windows are all there to ensure absolute comfort for hotel guests.

There are very good paintings along the corridors by local artists, which are for sale, and the National Hotel does not charge commission so is supporting our local creatives

The rooftop bar will officially open on Melbourne Cup Day but Karl Bullers told me that if the weather is fine next weekend he will give it a soft opening to see how it all goes.

It is a great new addition to Fremantle by an owner who has clearly got faith in Freo’s future.

Roel Loopers

This post is a community service and not an advertorial. I do not accept advertising, payment or gifts for my blog posts.



Posted in bar, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2018



Market Bar


The Fremantle Market Bar is back! But it is not at the markets but in Essex Lane opposite the Luna on SX cinema.

I really like the cosy bar and undercover alfresco area, and it will be great for functions and parties as well, so go and support a new local business.

In the beginning they just open Thursdays to Sundays but that might change once it becomes more known and popular.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 15, 2018




One of Fremantle’s most favourite watering holes Little Creatures is making changes to the Next Door venue.

The upstairs venue is being made into a bar, a restaurant that will serve local produce, and there will also be the Huxtaburger burger bar.

The deck upstairs is a great place to look at the Fishing Boat Harbour and enjoy sunsets, but the upstairs venue is closed for a few weeks until the refurbishment and changes are complete. Stay tuned!

Roel Loopers




An application for a tavern and gin distillery at 3 Pakenham Street in Fremantle’s historic West End will be considered at Wednesday’s Planning Committee.

The Republic of Fremantle would occupy the former warehouse, that was most recently used as a cafe and photographic gallery, and accommodate up to 350 patrons, including 28 in the alfresco parklet.

Ground level would have a bar, kitchen and toilets, while the mezzanine level would be for a bar and lounge function area.

The operators want to conduct gin distillery tours and classes.

Food would be available during all operating hours of the tavern, up to one hour prior to closing time, which would be Monday to Friday 11am to midnight and Saturday and Sundays 9 am to midnight.

There would be 20-25 staff employed in the tavern and two in the distillery.

I believe this would be a very good new addition to the West End and help the much-desired evening activation of the area.

Roel Loopers




Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 26, 2018


The book club at my favourite Fremantle small bar STRANGE COMPANY is back and starting this evening

Back for its second year, Strange Editions is a winter book club at Strange Company on the last Tuesday of each month. A local author will sit down to discuss their most recent book over a nice glass of wine or two.

This year’s line-up is:

26 June                      Susan Midalia: The Art of Persuasion
31 July                       Bill Lawrie & Claire Moodie: Freo Groove
28 August                  AJ Betts: Hive
25 September          Carrie Cox: Afternoons with Harvey Beam

The series will be hosted by The West Australian arts writer and Perth Festival Writers’ Week curator William Yeoman and ABC Radio Perth presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy. A special thanks to Rosily Vineyard and New Edition bookshop for their support of the event.

Strange Editions is a free event; however, places are limited, and RSVP is essential. To find out more visit the Strange Company Facebook page or pop in at the bar.



Posted in bar, city of fremantle, drinking, entertainment, food, hospitality, music, Uncategorized by freoview on April 9, 2018



Congratulations to Fremantle’s Clancy’s Fish Pub which is celebrating its 30th birthday!

During my good old drinking days I spent many hours a week at Clancy’s drinking Guinness and wine and eating lots of fish&chips, whitebait and fried mice.

I danced to exhaustion on the great music of the Zydecats almost every Sunday night and attended many festivals Clancy’s organised in Princess May Park.

The Clancy’s crew are the best people and the family atmosphere in the pub makes sure there are very few occasions of the odd bad drunk.

Melbourne Cup at Clancy’s was a really day out where I caught up with friends at 11am to stagger home early evening.

Clancy’s is a truly Freo icon that looks after children as well as it looks after grown ups.

Happy birthday Fisher brothers and all the staff and thanks for all the good times!

Roel Loopers




More from the Fremantle Council Planning Committee:

  • A small bar and deli for 29 Leighton Beach Boulevard in North Fremantle was approved by the City of Fremantle Planning Committee last night after many people spoke for and against it.

One of the main concerns was noise from the alfresco area rising up to the balconies of residents because of the hard surface below.

It is a fair concern that could be addressed if council insisted on noise control, such as carpeting the alfresco area and putting a soft noise reducing top over it and plants around it, but a small amendment only addressed the area of alfresco activity and that it could not expand.

  • The development proposal for a cafe/restaurant next to Frank’s the butcher in Wray Avenue came back to the Planning Committee, after the proponent had taken the plans to the State Administrative Tribunal after they were rejected by council. The committee last night was adamant. that not enough changes had been made and that parking in the very popular hub was already and issue that could not cope with another cafe, so the proposal was rejected again.
  • The Solar Farm on the former tip site in South Fremantle was approved. Concerns about contaminated dust were deemed unnecessary as the site will be monitored while it is largely without control now.

It is a bit of a surprise that people now are concerned about contaminated dust when a solar farm will be built over the surface and no doubt acts as dust reduction and the site will be professionally managed. A very good outcome I believe.

  • Bad acoustics in the North Fremantle Hall is still an issue and the large public gallery which included twenty Curtin University students had to move chairs to the sides to get closer to be able to hear the Councillors and staff. Unacceptable.
  • A rather farcical situation at the start of the meeting when chair Jon Strachan ruled that all public submissions would be heard before the committee deliberated, but he was overruled by his colleagues who wanted the procedure to remain as it is and that the public speaks before each item which is then debated by committee. It means that people who are not interested in other items on the agenda don’t have to sit through the entire meeting, so it is a basic courtesy to the community.

Roel Loopers




Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 8, 2018


The application for a 75 patron small bar at Leighton Beach Boulevard was deferred by the Fremantle Planning Committee last night because the public consultation had been inadequate and needs to be redone.

Members of the public who bought apartments in the new buildings were irate that the public consultation period had been done over Christmas when most property owners only moved into their new homes in mid January and did not know about the bar application, which they believe will negatively impact on their lifestyle and comfort.

Councillors agreed that it was not fair so a new public consultation period will be set by the officers, so that more owners can put submissions to council.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2018


The FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this coming Wednesday make a decision about signing a fifteen-year lease with Sierra Orenda for the upstairs-former KULCHA-section above the DOME cafe of the Evan Davies building at the Cappuccino Strip.

Sierra Orenda wants to open a small bar and restaurant and serve wood fired pizza.

The rent for the property would be $ 80,000 per annum, plus all outgoings and GST.

Fremantle City recently spent a lot of money on creating universal access to the building by adding a lift and new entrance at the back of the building, so everyone will now be able to get upstairs without difficulty.

My only question is why another pizza outlet in Fremantle? Another new bar and pizza outlet will open on Victoria Quay soon. There are sooooooo many of them, all taking away business from each other while other international cuisines are lacking in Fremantle. Variety is the spice of life!

Roel Loopers


Posted in alfresco, bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2018


Ronnie Nights


Here a sneak preview through the window of Fremantle’s newest bar RONNIE NIGHTS which will open this week.

The small bar in Market Street has taken over the premises of the Maya Indian restaurant/Aunty G. and is owned by the operators of the STRANGE COMPANY bar in Nairn Street.

The bar has two street level areas and also an upstairs section, so check it out once it is open.

Nice to see the floor tiles and the pressed tin ceiling have been preserved.

Roel Loopers


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