Freo's View


Posted in alcohol, bars, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018


The City of Fremantle is well advised to consider the opinion of publican Jon Sainken about pop-up bars.

Sainken, who is a director of Club Bayview in Claremont and of the Mindarie Marina and Leederville hotels has warned that public safety is at risk in pop-up bars because of low safety standards, not having the required number of exits and fire equipment. I add toilets to that as well.

At present we have a pop-up bar at the Number One unit at J Shed on Bathers Beach, with live music on weekends in the space leased from the City of Fremantle by Sunset Events, that greatly inconveniences neighbouring artists.

The operator has told patrons that he has the space for two years, but no additional toilets have been installed and the public toilets at Arthur Head close at 7pm.

Are there sufficient fire extinguishers in the small bar?

I also noticed people illegally drinking on the A Class reserve and parking there as well and that needs to be more strictly monitored by Fremantle City officers, as the area is frequented by tourists.

Another pop-up is returning for a month with The Dock re-opening in B Shed at Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers


Posted in bars, city of fremantle, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on January 19, 2018


For those who prefer the ambience of a small bar over big booze barns the news that Fremantle’s Strange Company is opening another small bar will be exciting.

Strange Company opened their very beautiful bar in Nairn Street a couple of years ago and are now in the process of making the former Maya Indian restaurant and Aunty G in Market Street into a new small bar, with no doubt excellent interior design.


Roel Loopers



Posted in bars, fremantle, hospitality, retail, tourism by freoview on November 11, 2016

While the Maya Indian restaurant on Market Street changed into the Aunty G, bar the Epicure bar on the corner of High and Pakenham streets has got a new owner and refurbishment is happening there right now, so stay tuned. These are just small bars and minor changes in Fremantle but an indication of progress.

It is good to see so much happening and I can sense new optimism in our city. I have no doubt that in the medium to long run all that new development and new offices, hotels and retailers in Freo will have a positive and tangible impact for all ratepayers and residents and that Freo will prosper once again.

It has taken a very long time, but now we can finally see some light at the end of that long black tunnel.

Roel Loopers



We live in a world of awards for just about everything and many of them are pretty irrelevant and meaningless because of the lack of research done. Some awards simply tick a few boxes and for example take Local Government’s submissions as a fact, instead of checking out the reality.

The McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol Awards appears to belong to the latter because the City of Fremantle has been nominated as a finalist For it’s no tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour at events and its promotion of a small bar culture and liquor reform in the area.

It is clear the McCusker Foundation does not know that on the same evening Fremantle Council signed off on its alcohol policy it also approved the establishment of a new tavern and live music venue for up to 1,500 patrons at J Shed on historic Arthur Head, and is in the process of approving a micro-brewery at the former Energy Museum, just around the corner from St Patrick’s that deals with people with drug and alcohol related problems.

If my memory is correct, in times of the biggest community turmoil about Council ignoring community consultation, the City of Fremantle received an award for its excellent community consultation process.

It might all sound great on paper and in a one-eyed submissions by COF officers, but unfortunately the reality is a whole different ball game. As I pointed out here recently the Fremantle Accord on responsible service of alcohol is just another lip service with many pubs now offering happy hours and cheaper drinks, with the National Hotel even having two a day, one during lunchtime hours.

For the City of Fremantle to receive an award, or even be a finalist, in the McCusker alcohol award it would need to do a whole lot better, and not be hypocritical by ignoring its own alcohol policy.

Roel Loopers

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