As Perth prepares to host Dreamtime 2019 over the next two days, Fremantle is undergoing a new wave of optimism with a host of venues opening or in the pipeline.
Opening this month is the long-awaited conversion of The Old Synagogue into a new restaurant and hospitality venue. It features four different offerings on the one site, with a restaurant, multi-level beer garden including a rooftop deck, basement cocktail bar and a casual front bar.
Slated to open in autumn of 2020, the Republic of Fremantle is an urban distillery in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End. They are one of the few distilleries in the world who craft their spirit from scratch, from grape to glass. Sourcing wines from Western Australian vineyards, the character of the grapes is carried through to their finished spirit. Master Distiller Oliver Kitson infuses the spirit with local botanicals to create the range of gins inspired by the unique flavour profiles of WA wines.
Freo.Social opened earlier this year within the beautifully restored National Trust Drill Hall building on Parry Street. Located in the heart of Fremantle’s heritage precinct that also incorporates Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Markets and the Warders Cottages, Freo.Social is a multi-faceted venue being managed by Triple-1-Three, the team behind Otherside Brewing Co.
This new venue includes an onsite microbrewery, 550 person capacity entertainment hall with in-house AV set up, breakout spaces and beer gardens.
The historic National Hotel is Freo’s first rooftop bar and function space offering 360 degree views of the port city and out over the Indian Ocean to Rottnest Island. A vintage style restaurant and function space on the second floor features wrap around verandas, suitable for small or large groups. A ground floor provides access to a busy public bar with al fresco area.
Dreamtime is being held in Perth from 2-3 December.