The Ball and Chain is Fremantle's newest old pub and is one of the most important sites in Western Australia - it housed the first 75 convicts arrived in Fremantle on 1 June 1850. In 1896 the building on the site was first used as a Hotel and later became a well-known corner pub ‘Hubbles’ after its owner; a meeting place for the working class of Perth’s Fremantle suburb with boxing tournaments out the back and dock-workers picked up on the veranda who sat on the timber benches still outside today. Over the years, the Pub has been beautifully restored, highlighting some of the unique features of yesteryear and tastefully decorated with warm timber and copper finishes. The main bar has the original timber from the Matilda Bay Brewery right here in Fremantle. The Ball and Chain has the widest range of Matilda Bay Craft Beer on Tap – brewed as it was 30 years ago out of Port Melbourne Vic. Complimented with a wide range of bourbon, scotch, rum and other enjoyable spirits, the new Ball and Chain Bar continues to enjoy patronage for what it was built for – serving great drinks and food with a smile to its customers as it did over 100 years ago.
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Fish, Beer and Music. We like to keep it simple down here at Clancy's. In our vibrant, relaxed atmosphere, all types are welcome - young and old, cool and, uh, not so cool. For over 30 years we've been serving up fresh tasty seafood, a huge selections of craft beers, and the best in local and touring live acts each week! Clancy’s Freo: a local favourite and a destination in its own right.
Freo BeerFest is now pouring over 3 days! Experience a showcase of award winning craft beers, ciders and spirits this November as you stop, sip & savour the very best of the west. Fremantle BeerFest hosts the largest and most comprehensive range of exclusively West Australian Craft Brewers and cider-makers, spirits and premium food. Catch a masterclass with our beer experts where they share their knowledge, experience and passion for all things craft beer. Our master-classes or as we like to call them 'beer education sessions' will take place every hour throughout the each festival day, finishing at around 7 pm. While you're at the festival make sure you get your vote in for the People’s Choice Awards. *All tickets to the festival include an official BeerFest souvenir cup.
Love beer? Fremantle has quickly become a haven for beer enthusiasts and what better way to immerse yourself in beer than with Captain Cook Cruises’ new Fremantle Craft Beer Tour and Cruise. The full day tour and cruise allows you to take in amazing sights as you cruise down the Swan River, before disembarking for an informative walking tour to Fremantle’s top bars; The Monk, Sail and Anchor and Clancy’s. This tour includes extensive beer tastings of some of the best beers Western Australia and Fremantle have to offer, along with a mouth-watering pub lunch.
For a beer lover, Freo is the place to be. It all started back in 1984, when the Matilda Bay Brewing Company, led by Phil Sexton and mates, launched Australia’s first craft brewery, the Sail and Anchor or the ‘Sail’ as the locals call it. The Sail is still the best place to sit by an open window or up on the balcony and enjoy an ale while watching buskers outside the Fremantle Markets or the activity on the Cappuccino Strip. The choice of craft beer is unbelievable, with forty cold taps, three hand pumps and four bars. Just across the street you’ll find the award winning The Monk Brewery and Kitchen. They opened their doors in 2007 and the craft beer industry call the Monk the educational grounds for new brewers in WA. They offer an informal tour of their small batch brewery where they create their craft beers and farmhouse ciders every week day at 11.30 am. Best to give them a call in advance to secure your place. We grabbed a tasting paddle and made ourselves comfy in the bustling outdoor area. The paddle gives you a taste of their core range plus the latest seasonal brew. Look out for their Belgian Rye Dubbel being launched in spring (the use of rye is a first for The Monk). A short stroll across Esplanade Reserve (also the location for the Fremantle BeerFest in November) and into Fishing Boat Harbour we head to Little Creatures. It was the next adventure for Phil Sexton in a move that challenged the dominance of the big brewers. Phil opened Little Creatures Brewery in 2000 in what was an old crocodile farm. Fremantle’s legacy as the birthplace of Australian craft beer was secure. As soon as you set foot into Little Creatures the whiff of hops and shiny beer tanks really get the taste buds tingling for one of their famous brews and they definitely love to experiment. For would be beer aficionado’s Little Creatures run their own beer school every month (usually mid-month on a Wednesday 6.30 pm-9 pm) and, wait for it, it’s free! You‘ll learn from their chief hopheads about the brewing process, sample all kinds of beers and they even shout you a couple of bowls of frites at the end. An enviable selection of quality craft beer, and particularly Western Australian craft beer (either bottled or on tap) has become the standard in restaurants and bars and more so in Fremantle, the home of the craft brew. There is one place that stands out with its range and connection to WA craft beer. Clancy’s Fish Pub on Cantonment Street was the first pub to stock craft beer in Freo and has always been a strong supporter of the small independent brewer with an impressive choice of taps! There must be something in the water in Freo (or the beer perhaps)? It’s hard to beat the satisfaction that comes from a pint of an old or new favourite in Fremantle.
Little Creatures Brewing was born out of the love of great beer shared by a few good mates. We're pretty proud of our Fremantle brewery and we welcome visitors from far and wide every day. Grab a Pale Ale and a pizza and soak in the brewery chaos or wander out into the backyard to enjoy your beer and nosh in the sunshine. You could also head to our Brewhouse bar to pick up a six pack to take home or stay awhile for a tasting of our full range of beers. We love to show people around and run brewery tours at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm everyday... just come in and ask us or get in touch if you have a big group. Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 9 am-11 am for brekkie overlooking the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour! Perfect for the family, big groups or to cure that pesty hangover, Little Creature's has got your morning needs covered with hearty breakfasts, tasty pastries, fresh coffee and of course-beer! Large groups are welcome. No reservations needed.
The Sail and Anchor is an iconic Fremantle landmark. Come down and see just why this heritage listed pub is so appealing. With the spiraling staircase, wood paneled walls, pressed tin ceiling, and friendly staff, this venue is definitely worth booking for your next function. Let's not forget the main attraction though. The beer. Boasting 40 cold taps, three hand pumps and four bars; it's no surprise that we are the leader of the craft beer revolution in Fremantle. The tap beer selection changes regularly, offering old classics, new favourites, small batch releases and seasonal styles, making a visit to the Sail and Anchor an adventure.
The Monk Brewery & Kitchen delivers hand-crafted beers, honest food and real people combined with world music and cultural events. All this is housed within an organic, architecturally designed space right in the heart of the iconic Perth destination- Fremantle.
The National Hotel is a double award-winning venue and offers something for everyone – all day dining, an extensive beverage and cocktail list, great al-fresco areas for those lazy afternoons and varied entertainment; ranging from sports screenings to live and DJ'd music. All areas will be available for private and corporate function bookings and events. The ground level comprises of a lively bar, themed with original brickwork, vintage timber, pressed-tin ceilings and wrought-iron fixtures. It holds a capacity of around 150 persons plus an additional 56-seater Al-fresco area along High Street. The 1st floor comprises of a lounge bar and restaurant with its décor making full-use of the high ceilings and Federation architectural styling. With restored fireplaces, stained-glass embellishments and large French windows, this area oozes charm and character. The 1st floor has a capacity of around 160 persons with an additional 100-seater al-fresco area on the balconies over-looking High Street and Market Street. There are 30 taps of draught beer, featuring top Australian and International brands as well as a selection of craft-brewed favourites. A huge open-plan kitchen services the restaurant. Food will be prepared in a modern-Australian style using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Happy Hour daily 1-2pm and 5-6pm Open mic night every Tuesday from 7pm Daily midweek food & drink specials.