Jetty poses two questions: why aren’t there more casual, dog-friendly places with great booze and snacks along our river? And why would you spend a lazy afternoon anywhere else?

Perched between the two Fremantle bridges, in a spot many will remember as where the ferry used to whisk you off to Rottnest Island, you’ll find Jetty. (They’ve kept the “jetty” part, too, as skippers moor their boats and hop into the queue to grab a beer.) For the rest, a skillion-roofed, galvanised-steel rectangle stands in place of the old ferry stop.

All the glass, timber cladding and navy tiles mightn’t do anything to help acoustics – especially on a packed Friday afternoon when the music pumps – but it sure does look appealing.

For snacks, pair house taramasalata (properly white and fluffy) with a Dark & Booze-Free cocktail, a mix of Seedlip, molasses ginger beer and lime (one of many good no-alcohol drinks), or crisp-fried school prawns with a glass of Dormilona Yokel rosé.

This bar isn’t just a pretty face, either. Find a table inside or out, look through the drinks list, and wines smartly range from the kind that services the natural, organic generation, to those more familiar and classic (there’s plenty in the zone of a McHenry Hohnen Laterite Hills chardonnay, for example). Staff, meanwhile, are laidback and helpful, whether you’re ordering at the counter or from your table.

For snacks, pair house taramasalata (properly white and fluffy) with a Dark & Booze-Free cocktail, a mix of Seedlip, molasses ginger beer and lime (one of many good no-alcohol drinks), or crisp-fried school prawns with a glass of Dormilona Yokel rosé.

Smart, fresh and like Jetty, very refreshing.