Freo's View


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on December 8, 2019


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Benny’s bar&cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip now has a new alfresco area at the back in Paddy Troy Lane.

There is a funky sea container as a bar, a big art mural, and the musicians play on a stage that is on the roof of the container. Go and check it out!

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, city planning, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 7, 2019




The City of Fremantle invited movers and shakers to The Republic Of Fremantle venue in Pakenham Street on Friday afternoon to thank them for being part of the very important journey Fremantle has been on, as Mayor Brad Pettitt said in his short speech.

The Mayor said it had been a very long, but immensely worthwhile journey for Freo, and that Fremantle is turning a corner with all the new development and more planned development.

Dr Pettitt said that there are so many great opportunities in Fremantle but as a Council they could not deal with them all ourselves, and funding was needed for big projects such as the restoration of Arthur’s Head, the railway station forecourt plans, and lightrail for the Freo region.

There are a lot of new challenges to get excited about, the Mayor said.

Pete Adams of the Yolk Property Group said that Fremantle was unique for developers with many opportunities and the group was investing many millions of dollars in Fremantle.

Jason Townes, one of the partners of The Republic of Fremantle gin distillery and tavern that will open in autumn, said he and his partner would not do it anywhere else because they were long-term Freo residents from birth.

By opening Strange Company, Ronnie Nights and The Republic of Fremantle we are tapping into the energy that only exists in Fremantle, Townes said. “Whenever I drive on the freeway and see the hundreds of cars I ask myself why are all these people not living in Fremantle!”

Tourists like to go where locals go so the three venues attract locals and visitors alike, Townes said, so we find back street venues that are different.

He said they were a small company but intended to sell thousands of liters of gin overseas each year, because the gin was unique and used Western Australian wines from the SouthWest. Using wine to distill gin made for a much better product, and they had plans to also make brandy and vermouth out of the Pakenham Street distillery in the coming years.

The people I talked with were all very positive and excited about Freo’s future and that was a really good feeling.


Roel Loopers



Posted in bar, cafe, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019



The official opening of the Fremantle Old Synagogue tavern, bar, restaurant and cafe is this coming weekend, but they did a soft opening yesterday, and I noticed when I walked by that they are also open today.

Here some more photos I took yesterday. What a great new venue, and so nice to see that important corner of Freo being activated.

Roel Loopers



Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, heritage, hospitality, tavern, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 20, 2019




I got a sneak preview of the Old Synagogue tavern development today, and I already know this is going to be my local and favourite watering hole in Fremantle.

It is a fantastic development that has got so many gorgeous features. I specifically like all the greenery; trees, planter boxes, lawn.

The Old Synagogue is next to Fremantle Oval and opposite the Norfolk Hotel. It has three levels and will have two rooftop bars, one of them looking straight down the Cappuccino Strip.

There will be a cosy whiskey bar, a great restaurant, many, many craft beers, a changing wine list featuring WA wines and the favourite wines of the moment.

And the good news is that it will open at the end of this month, so in time for all the office Christmas parties and functions. Book now!

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, brewery, city of fremantle, hospitality, tavern, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2019


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That bloody lefty greeny Fremantle Council is at it again! First they ban Australia Day, then plastic bags and balloons, and now to top it all they are banning the Queen of England and are working toward becoming the Republic of Fremantle, as this banner at the Fremantle traffic bridge this morning shows.

Don’t despair yet! It is a promo for the new Republic of Fremantle gin distillery and micro brewery that will open in Pakenham Street very soon. ; >)

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2019





More exciting news for Fremantle! Benny’s bar and cafe on the Cappuccino Strip is extending out into Paddy Troy Lane with an alfresco area that will be served by a bar in a seacontainer. Art by Row is working on a large mural.

Owner Ivan Dzeba told me they hope to open the new area before Christmas, so stay tuned.

Paddy Troy Lane could well become a great new hospitality offering for Fremantle with the development of the Manning building, the opportunity for the Newport Hotel to also open up the back, and the Federal Hotel already having extended its alfresco there.

There is also the Kebab cafe and Grumpy Sailor cafe, so Fremantle Council might like to consider developing the lane into a real asset with better lighting, planter boxes, seats and trees, and only allowing service vehicles in the lane before 11am and no private cars.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, beer, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2019


The BEERPOURIUM bar above the Dome cafe on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip opened today, so here some photos to wet your appetite.

There are craft beers on tap that will regularly change and there are select your own toppings pizza and also bar snacks available in the nice ambience, and of course one can sit on the veranda and watch the hustle and bustle of the strip below.

And there is a Bocce lane for those who hate to sit still while having a drink

There is lift access for all abilities and a nice new staircase entrace from Collie Street.

The bar is open Wednesday-Thursday 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11 till midnight, and Sundays 11am till 10pm.

Roel Loopers

This is a community service, not an advertorial. I do not get paid to publish this nor do I  accept free meals or drinks.


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, city planning, hospitality, local government, parking, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on September 5, 2019


The application for a small bar/cafe and fashion outlet in North Fremantle took 50 minutes of time at the Fremantle Planning Committee,  with residents and traders arguing that there was a shortage of parking in the area and hence a new bar would not be sustainable.

The application is not for a new development but for a change of use of the old church building that has been an antique shop, a surf shop and a cafe. The place would open 15 hours a day and seven days a week, so would attract more daytime visitors

Some Councillors agreed that parking was an issue for the new business but other elected members said parking was not provided by other traders in the street, such as Mojo and Propellor and that parking was not a planning issue but a strategic planning issue for the council.

The idea that parking could be provided at the bowling club was supported by some but not by others, and I for one don’t like the idea of asking inebriated people to cross very busy Stirling Highway to get there.

At the end the Planning Committee voted on a motion by Councillor Bryn Jones to defer the item to full council in three weeks. I doubt that the parking issues will be resolved by then.

Roel Loopers



Posted in bar, city of fremantle, development, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019


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Fremantle has been in a development boom for a few years now with the major Kings Square Redevelopment Project looking at the finishing line, while the LIV and Heirloom residential apartments have been completed.

The recent opening of Freo.Social in Parry Street was the start of more to come, with down the road The Old Synagogue tavern, whisky and rooftop bar starting to look good, and the Fremantle Republic gin distillery and micro brewery in Pakenham Street looks great and should also open soon, and the massive Manning building project that will bring us a tavern, whisky distillery and micro brewery is also looking impressive.

On Friday the Beerpourium above the Dome cafe on the Cappuccino Strip will open its doors to the public from 11am on, so go and check it out.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2019


Strange Company


Strange Company is a gorgeous very Freo bar and one of my favourites, because it just has the right cosy feeling for me.  On Sunday August 25 it will be celebrating it’s fourth birthday and that will be a lot of fun from noon to midnight.

Festivities are happening all day long, with the much loved pop-up wood-fired pizza oven and alfresco bar kicking things off early from 12 midday

Live music will be flowing from 2.30pm all-the-way through till midnight including Justin Walshe Folk Machine, the Dave Brewer Band Deluxe Combo and a series of resident Strange DJ’s

There will also be plenty of free fun and games fit for the whole family, as the team behind the bar bring you a Sunday session in true ‘Carnie-Style’ including a photo booth, vintage circus staff and a popcorn machine for young and old to enjoy.

Strange Company is at 5 Nairn Street, Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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