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Ball & Chains Trivia for a Cause

Where was the fortune cookie invented? What is a group of unicorns known as? What year was the Ball & Chain originally opened as a pub? What is 65 roses day?If these questions sparked your quiz-loving brain into action, then you’re going to love the Ball & Chain’s Trivia with a Cause event. On Thursday, 28 June 2018 Fremantle’s pub quiz scene will take on a fundraising flavour for the wonderful Cystic Fibrosis (CF) WA foundation.  It’s a win-win really! For just $10, you and your mates will have a great night out with a complimentary drink on arrival, a fun…

Sicilian Civilians

We are stoked to announce the release of a silly little single of ours called “ Good health sake “But even more stoked to be hosting our own little event at such an epic venue. With some very generous support from a few incredibly talented people’s aka bands such as...Psychotic Reactionshttps://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/psychotic-reactionsMoonlighter https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/moonlighter

Eating Biscuits with GAZEY, Priscilla and Frankie

Gemini Talk presents the second instalment of 'Eating Biscuits'. Since the first show was such a hoot why not another? This months event entails some thrilling bands of the likes of new comers Frankie with their jazz soul groove, Electric pop duo Priscilla__ just off the bat of their new single release! and the end the night off with a bang we have the highly energetic and ecletic GAZEYSee you all there with your earl grey teas and milk arrowroot biscuits xx

Michael Savage / Brendan Gaspari Double Album Launch

On Friday July 6, long-time friends and collaborators Brendan Gaspari and Michael Savage, each with full band in tow, each launches their third full-length solo album (yes, that’s six between them now) at a special show at The Odd Fellow in Fremantle. Support will be ably provided by Leah Emily Grant. Tickets are $10 on the door from 8pm. Limited capacity.Michael Savage’s ‘Won’t Die Wondering’Savage’s third full-length album release in as many years, the dense, psych-tinged jangle pop of ‘Won’t Die Wondering’ is co-produced by and features Ricky Maymi (of The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Andy Hill (Ambidexter). 'Won't Die…

Stork (SA) play The Aardvark

Adelaide punk rock party machines STORK are trading up their West End Bitters for some good 'ol Emu Exports this July as they make their first trip out West!Catch 'em live at The Aardvark on Saturday 7 July with support from local heroes RAY FINKLE, THE JUMP DOUBLES & THE PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS.Entry $10 from 8pm. Door sales only*** Check out Stork's latest single here ***https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLy9UnFNnLI

Ball & Chain

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…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program www.feniansfestival.com.au  

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018

Good nooks

A cosy snug, a wee dram, a good book. Is there a better way to pass a winter’s afternoon in Freo? Here’s our picks. Nook: The Local HotelBook: Fremantle Football, The Origins 1885-1904. By Dr Norman Ashton(New Edition Bookshop) Colloquially known as Helen’s Bar after a former regular, this cosy snug has night cap written all over it: fire place, Chesterfields, plush sofas. If it’s game day, the contest will be on the front bar’s big screen. More reflective moments can be spent in the cloistered surrounds of the Whiskey Bar, cradling a single malt Yamazaki and–if you really can’t get enough AFL–rifling through a book detailing 20 glory years of football in Fremantle. Colloquially known as Helen’s Bar after a former regular, this cosy snug has night cap written all over it: fire place, Chesterfields, plush sofas. Nook: Miss Chat’s Bar and KitchenBook: In the Days of Tall Ships. By RA Fletcher(Bill Campbell Books) It’s an old world bohemian vibe at this West End establishment. Inspired by its namesake Miss Chatelaine– “a well heeled adventuress with a fondness for trinket collecting” –the room brims with warm wood and curios, and the bar reflects Miss Chat’s love for wickedly good cocktails. Since we’re casting back in time, order an Old Fashioned and leaf through the photos and yarns in this ode to the 19th century Sailing Ship. Nook: Little Creatures Next DoorBook: Batavia’s Graveyard. By Mike Dash (The Chart & Map Shop) Pick a blustery day. Pull up a plush lounge overlooking the harbour. Order rum. Let your high perch put you in a maritime frame of mind, and sink your teeth into the true story of the mad heretic who led history’s bloodiest mutiny, just up the WA coast. Interest piqued? You’re a brisk walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum, where the Batavia’s original timbers are on display. Nook: Mrs Brown Bar Hook: Culture: A Memory Game (Kate & Abel @ MANY 2.0) The retro kids book menu covers are a clue; so is the magnetic poetry wall. There’s a sense of play in this quirky watering hole, and it’s not uncommon to see people imbibing with Connect Four or Backgammon for company. You might like to BYO memory game–this one showcases iconic works of art, architecture, design and literature. Everyone wins: it’s a walk through of some of the world’s greatest ideas. Cosy up in the side bar of the building that once housed Fremantle’s first 75 convicts, and consider how far we’ve come.  Nook: Ball & ChainBook: Eyrie. By Tim Winton. (Elizabeth’s Bookshop) There’s history in here–including a rusty ball and chain at the bar–but the feel is both classic and modern: honey-hued leather arm chairs, warm wood, copper bench tops and a spirit wall for added warmth. Cosy up in the side bar of the building that once housed Fremantle’s first 75 convicts, and consider how far we’ve come. Winton evokes the streetscapes and the warts-and-all temperament that is modern Freo. Nook: Moondyne Joe’s Pub & Bistro Book: Moondyne Joe: The Man and The Myth. By Ian Elliot. (Fremantle Arts Centre) Embrace a bit of wild bushranger spirit at this salt-of-the-earth pub on Freo’s fringe. You might spy a few characters in the sports bar channelling Moondyne Joe’s wily, never-give-up attitude. The Governor’s Bar offers a more intimate space to dip into a tome about the colourful bushranger who’s the pub’s namesake. Escaping from Fremantle Prison more than once? That deserves a raised glass. What’s your favourite good nook in Freo? Share it @fremantlestory

Guildhall Event Space Bar

Come experience North Fremantle’s brand new event space. Lovingly restored, and artfully designed, this grand heritage building offers the perfect setting to celebrate your wedding, engagement party, birthday, corporate event or anything else you can think up. With three distinct areas – an open bar, intimate lounge and hidden courtyard – Guildhall can accommodate up to 120 guests for a cocktail party, or 50 for a long table feast.  Please contact our dedicated Event Manager to find out more about holding your event function at Guildhall, or check our Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Holy Smokes

Holy Smokes is a small bar styled as an American bbq joint. We smoke everything in house and make our own bbq and chipotle sauces. The menu is designed around smaller plates for sharing as well as the bigger option of ribs, (brisket and pulled pork by the 100g). The bar has its base in rare bourbons and American whiskeys, along with a strong wine and cocktail list for our female patrons. There is Dos Blockos (Melbourne) and Young Henry's natural lager(Sydney) on tap.

Miss Chats

Miss Chatelaine, adventurer and publican. Legend has it Miss Chatelaine was a well-heeled adventuress with a fondness for trinket collecting. After discovering ‘a darling little gin distillery’, ‘wickedly good cocktail’, ‘passionate brewer’ or ‘most charming winemaker’ she would bring her finds back to Fremantle, to share with her band of fellow bohemians. Over exotic dishes of fantastical flavours, she’d regale them with risqué stories about her trysts and escapades. Eventually her salons became so popular, she opened her own establishment, decorated with ephemera from her travels.

Mrs Brown Bar

Mrs Brown is an intimate neighbourhood bar housed in an old Victorian terrace in North Fremantle. We offer a cosy, relaxed and friendly space to catch up with friends for a drink. Whether by the open fire in winter, or in the afternoon sun in our courtyard in summer, Mrs Brown is comfortable and welcoming year round. With an emphasis on wine, we also offer a generous selection of premium spirits, beers and ciders. Try one of our cheese platters, or for something more substantial, order a delicious burger and chips from Flipside Burgers next door.

Percy Flint

Percy Flint is South Fremantle's newest place for quality drinks and food. A friendly neighbourhood bar with ten craft beers on tap, amazing cocktails and carefully selected wines accompanied by top shelf pub grub and delicious bar snacks. Sun-drenched beer garden in summer and roaring fire in winter. Check it out at 211 South Terrace. Open Tuesday to Sunday.

Strange Company

This new small bar is located in Freo's West End. With polished concrete floors and a choice of seating areas this chic bar oozes Freo charm. Offering a variety of beer, wine and cocktails and a share style menu.

Sweetwater Rooftop Bar

Discover the spice and spirit of Asia in the heart of East Fremantle at Sweetwater Rooftop Bar. With a stunning view over the harbour the new rooftop venue boasts the exciting collaboration between Ben Tua- former bar manager/cocktail guru from Perth's Mechanics Institute and Leigh Power- former headchef at Melbourne's Gingerboy. Open Wednesday through Friday.  Food available in bar daily - 12noon onwardsFood available in restaurant – Wednesday Dinner Only, Thursday – Sunday Lunch & Dinner

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Small bars and wine bars

You don’t have to go to one of the larger Fremantle pubs to enjoy a drink in Freo, there are lots of little bars and wine bars oozing character and charm. Sample a fine wine, a boutique beer or a delicious cocktail. Many of the bars also serve tapa’s style food and small bites. The perfect way to relax if you’ve been to some of the busy Fremantle tourist attractions or Fremantle shops.