It’s all about the whiskey and whisky at Helvetica. But this is no hipster bourbon and rye joint. There are upwards of 500 whiskeys to choose from and the vast majority are Scotch whiskeys or Scotch-style whiskies made in other parts of the world, including Australia.
If, for instance, you’re a fan of the smoky, peaty wonderfulness that is an Islay single malt, you have not one or two to choose from but an incredible 23 titles including the Ardberg Galileo at $77 a shot. All pours are 30ml and served with your choice of spirit tasting glass or a rocks glass, with ice and spring water on the side.
Helvetica offers a bottle keep service: you buy the bottle and they keep it in their lock-up for whenever you wish to pop by for a wee dram. Very civilised.
Helvetica is in the perfect situation for a cosy, intimate and low key whiskey bar. It’s down a cobbled alley, round the back of a heritage listed office building in the middle of the CBD. It was once a carriage house, so it’s all red brick, heritage windows and timber floors.
Whisky may be the main game, but the food menu, as slim as it is, has some fine small dishes and snacks. Who could say no to baked Camembert “served hot with rosemary, honey and fresh baguette” or an Angus beef pie.
Helvetica was one of the first of the new small bars in Perth and, while it might not get the headlines that other more hyped bars receive, it is still one of the better bars in the city.