Finally, small Bars are bringing life back into to Perth
Change is sweeping through front bars and suburban watering holes across the city, with publicans of some of the city’s most recognisable pubs spending up big in efforts to stay relevant in Perth’s rapidly diversifying hospitality sector.
Since the state government introduced small bar licenses in 2007, the number of licensed premises in WA has grown from 4,139 to 4,800 (as of June last year).
Of those licenses, the number of small bars grew from zero to 111, while there were 393 licensed taverns in WA at June 30, 2016, up from 325 at the same time in 2007.
Hospitality business owners are now having to be more creative in efforts to make their spaces more usable and diverse.
“The Leederville is a perfect example, where it was a really large space that we’ve broken into four different venues that all have their own identity.
We created a point of difference in each of them that anyone in the public, whether they are 16 or 70, would be happy to attend one of them”.
– Kyle Jeavons, development director for one of Perth’s larger pub ownership groups FJM Property.
Prominent pubs to have undertaken multi-million dollar makeovers in recent years include the Subiaco Hotel, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel and Fremantle’s Newport Hotel.