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SMALL BAR PROTEST NOT ABOUT PATIENTS

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on June 8, 2017

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There appears to be a bit more to the small bar protest story in Fremantle’s High Street than the initial newspaper report this morning revealed.

This is not just the case of a psychiatrist wanting to protect his patients who have drug, alcohol and suicide issues, but much more about protecting his own patch. It’s classic not in my backyard stuff.

It turns out the good doctor actually lives at the premises and works from home next to the proposed bar and he clearly does not want his evening peace disturbed.

The bar proponents tell me it will just be a tiny 50-patron bar in the cellar with table service and no outdoor area.

Living in the inner city means one has to compromise and realise there will be bars and pubs and entertainment, and a tiny bar operated by responsible operators won’t create anti-social havoc in the West End that is in dire need of  night-time activation.

To put a mental health clinic in an entertainment area is puzzling.

Roel Loopers

NEW BAR FOR FREO’S WEST END

Posted in bar, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

 

 

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This lovely building at 10 High Street in the historic West End of Fremantle could become home to a new small bar if all goes well.

The people behind the fantastic Strange Company bar in Nairn Street are applying for a liquor license for the High Street premises, as the sign on the  bottom right shows, so stay tuned.

Roel Loopers

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NEW FREMANTLE BAR HAS BALLS

Posted in bar, food, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on March 8, 2017

 

A new bar is opening on the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip next to the Dome Cafe.

It’s a cocktail bar that has got balls, if the name is an indication.

Welcome to The Meatball and Cocktail Bar!

Roel Loopers

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STRANGE FREMANTLE PARKLET

Posted in bar, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on February 6, 2017

 

There are parklets and then there are parklets, like the new one at the Strange Company bar in Fremantle’s Nairn Street.

This is not a parklet but a piece of public art that enhances the quite drab street, but is it very functional? I’ll go and see how it is used on the weekend.

Roel Loopers

VERY FREO FRENCH WHISPER

Posted in bar, fremantle, hospitality, wine by freoview on November 20, 2016

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The tiny French wine bar Whisper in Fremantle Essex Street is very Freo. It’s only small but well worth a visit if you like French wine and food. Baguette flown in from Paris, duck terrine, etc. Magnifique!

Roel Loopers

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IT’S WEIGH TOO DANGEROUS!

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 9, 2016

Is this really the right location for a new bar in Fremantle? The awkward roundabout-like intersection of Phillimore, Cliff and Fleet streets is very difficult for pedestrians, especially the thousands of overseas visitors, to negotiate and I weekly witness cars driving against one way arrows in the wrong direction.

I use the intersection daily as a motorist and as a pedestrian so I am talking long-time experience and observation here!

The PTA considers the application for a small, 75 patrons, bar inappropriate for the old weighbridge station as it is only 30 metres away from the container freight line to Fremantle Port.

The plan for a bar was conditionally approved last year with a 15-year lease for the 1897 weighbridge location.

The intersection is also earmarked for a drastic upgrade as part of the Victoria Quay development plans, so would these plans be in jeopardy if a 15-year lease is granted by the City of Fremantle?

Roel Loopers

THE MONK WANTS TO BECOME A TAVERN

Posted in alcohol, bar, city of fremantle, drinking, western australia by freoview on May 31, 2016

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The MONK Brewery on the Cappuccino Strip is applying for a change in license from restaurant to tavern, and I wonder if Fremantle Council will use their alcohol policy to reject the proposal or allow yet another venue in central Fremantle which main target is to sell as much alcohol as possible. Contrary to a restaurant license a tavern license does not require patrons to eat a meal while having a drink.

South Terrace already has the Norfolk, Sail&Anchor and Newport hotels, plus Benny’s Bar, two nightclubs and other licensed premises. Just down the road is the National Hotel and around the corner are the Strange Company and Whisper bars plus the Holy Smoke small bar in Collie Street, and also the Esplanade Hotel with two bars.

The negative anti-social impact of alcohol on society is without debate, and while no one should be a wowser about drinking, I believe the City of Fremantle does have a responsibility to look after the general public, even on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Roel Loopers

NEW ROOF TOP BAR FOR EAST FREMANTLE

Posted in bar, fremantle, hospitality by freoview on April 16, 2016

Get ready for an exciting new bar with great views in East Fremantle, just a stone’s throw from the Fremantle CBD.

In July the Sweetwater Rooftop Bar will open on the sixth floor of the new Richmond Quarters at Canning Highway, near the East Fremantle Townhall.

There will also be a small restaurant, so it will be a great addition to the Freo bar scene.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S VERY GOOD COMPANY

Posted in bar, fremantle, strange company by freoview on September 5, 2015

Congratulations to the operators and architect of Fremantle’s newest small bar STRANGE COMPANY in Nairn Street, which received an excellent review by the West Australian food writer Rob Broadfield today.

Broadfield writes “We’ve fallen in love with Strange Company.” and that the bar is more Potts Point(Sydney) than Port City.

The restaurant reviewer starts of with lauding the interior design by well-known Freo architect Michael Patroni and writes “It is one of the most welcoming hospitality places around. It makes you feel good just walking in the door.” I could not agree more! It is such a homely environment to be in that I might have to start drinking more in the future, just so that I can enjoy the ambience.

Rob Broadfield raves about the ox cheek roll for only $ 14.00 and writes that the salty spice dust on the superb ‘Strange Fries’ was so good that it is addictive.

I highly recommend Strange Company but must disclose they assigned me to do the interior photography for them before the bar opened.

Roel Loopers

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GREAT TO BE IN FREO’S STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in bar, fremantle, strange company by freoview on August 13, 2015

The owners of the brand spanking new STRANGE COMPANY small bar assigned me to do photography for them, so I thought to do some value adding for them and promote the stunning new venue here on Freo’s View.

The place has such a homely atmosphere that I’ll probably have to become a regular there. The wooden panels and bamboo create such a cosy ambience that makes one fall in love with the bar in Nairn Street, just behind Gino’s, immediately.

The bar was designed by Freo architect Michael Patroni, who also designed the beautiful Bread in Common, just around the corner from the new bar.

They had a special evening for friends and contractors and the food looked yummy, especially the prawn sliders.

Strange Company opens tomorrow, Friday the 14th, and will be open from 2 pm till midnight daily.

Roel Loopers

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