This establishment is emerging as a real triple threat – craft gin and vodka distillery, cocktail bar and amiable, growing dining space – and Freo locals can’t get enough.
Owners Matt Giudice, Jason Townes and John McVeigh know hospo. Guidice and Townes had a hand in Strange Company and Ronnie Nights for starters and, given this track record, it’s no wonder a bare Pakenham warehouse has been truly transformed into this impressive bar-distillery.
On moody Freo evenings the front bar lights up in blue, green and pink hues, as Giudice’s son Max applies his polished craft-cocktail credentials and shares a tip or two while mixing drinks for a diverse crowd. House-crafted gin is either Full-Bodied or Aromatic, and built on a grape-to-glass philosophy. G&Ts arrive garnished neatly with sliced apple, while a charred orange wedge visually lifts a barrel-aged Negroni.
Chef Emily Jones brings real fine-dining smarts to accessible bar food. A humble crumpet, glammed up by smoked roe, diced tomato and a quenelle of crème fraîche, is seriously addictive.
Peckish? Chef Emily Jones brings real fine-dining smarts to accessible bar food. A humble crumpet, glammed up by smoked roe, diced tomato and a quenelle of crème fraîche, is seriously addictive. Or fight over exceptional brioche toasts topped with prawns and creamy rémoulade, or Wagin duck-liver parfait with quince that ably balances rich and tart. The hits keep coming with sweets like a classic almond tart with persimmon and a standout chocolate mousse.
The real clincher? It feels like there’s far more to come as the republic falls into place.