- Category: Nightlife
- Published: Friday, 27 January 2012 09:28
- Written by Kat Tate
When the cafés close and the sun sets, the harbour hub of Fremantle comes alive with a smorgasbord of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs serving up a feast of fun. Whether you’re seeking a subdued evening or are planning to party, you’ll find it in ‘Freo’.
Enjoy an afternoon brew
Hugging the harbour, microbrewery Little Creatures is the prime spot for a late-afternoon ale. The eatery is set in an industrial tin shed, with great glass panels overlooking the working brewery. This raucous place gets busy, so arrive early to bag a spot at a communal table and settle in to sample the scrumptious pub fare. The oysters and chilli mussels are perennial favourites, as are the crispy frites and simple pizzas. Wash it all down with a Little Creatures pale ale or pilsner (or three!)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Little Creatures
The Monk Brewery & Kitchen is another Freo favourite. Set on the popular cappuccino strip, the bustling spot serves award-winning handcrafted beer and dishes up delectable bites. Try a grazing plate or morish steak sandwich.
A little further down Market Street is the Norfolk Hotel. Relax in the beer garden with a bevvy or catch a sample of live music in the cosy Basement Lounge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Norfolk boasts a hand-picked selection of unique, sought-after wines, with an ever-changing list.
Established in 1903, the Sail & Anchor is one of Fremantle’s most iconic pubs. Voted Australia’s Best Beer Venue for 2011, the Sail & Anchor offers an impressive 43 beers on tap, three beer engines and a wide wine list. After quenching your thirst, head upstairs to hear guest DJs play beats on the balcony.
Wine and dine
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the cuisine on offer in Fremantle. Indulge in Italian, Mexican, Thai or modern Australian on offer from a dazzling array of restaurants. Understandably, seafood is this harbour town’s speciality. For more than 90 years, Cicerello’s has been a family favourite for its generous helpings of fresh fish and chips. Just mind the gulls scouting for scraps! Also set on the boardwalk, multi-award-winning eatery Kailis’ Fish Market Café is known for its fresh lobster and prawns. With so much to choose from, the best way to sample the selections is to stroll through the streets and take your pick.
Dance the night away
After filling up on brew and grub, you might be seeking a lie down. But resist the land of the nod and venture into one of the many bars and clubs dotted around Fremantle. The Metropolis always goes off with a throbbing dance floor, eight bars and four chambers – Fire, Earth, Water and Air. The Fly By Night Musicians Club offers a unique live music experience. Some of the biggest bands out of WA have started out at the not-for-profit venue, including Eskimo Joe, John Butler Trio and the Waifs.
For a grittier experience, head below ground and into The Clink. The entry fee is fair, the drinks are cheap and the tunes pumping. The East End Bar, on High Street, offers a more subdued setting. The late-night lounge attracts a fairly young crowd, who spread out on the three levels to drink and be merry. Heading north, The Left Bank on the North Fremantle foreshore is also worth a visit. As well as offering eats throughout the day, The Left Bank prides itself on hosting a rocking Sunday session. With a beer garden overlooking the glistening Swan River, it’s worth taking the trip to The Left Bank.
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