It’s no secret that this small, sleek, modern bar commands a devoted following in the port city and surrounds.

Tucked discreetly into Fremantle’s historic West End, Strange Company is about laid-back excellence. Thanks to its classic modernist fit-out by architect Michael Patroni, an inspired selection of beers and wines, mouth-watering tapas and some of the most knowledgeable and amiable bar tenders in the biz, Strange Company is also the kind of place where a quick lunchtime beer turns into late-evening cocktails.

Savour beef cheek, slow cooked with celeriac, radicchio and saltbush, washed down with an El Picasso cocktail. There are more shrubs in cocktail bars than gardening centres these days and the El Picasso is a case in point. Its blend of smoky Del Maguey Mezcal with ginger shrub, lime, and sweet vermouth is not merely a sound match for the beef but the ultimate adult cocktail. And the espresso martinis here are without peer.

We think it’s the best company in the port city. Strange Company – cool, sleek, smart, but equally welcoming and relaxing.