Mon to Thu, 4pm – midnight | Fri to Sat, 12pm – midnight | Sun, 12pm – 10pm
Best time to go: Sunday afternoon with the girls. The floral cocktails, extensive wine list, garden setting and fabulous light menu is the perfect ladies lunch spot. Of course men are welcome too, and will love the summery beer and tasty charcuterie.
Take in a show at the nearby WA State Theatre and team it with a pre or post dinner set menu at The Standard. First sitting 5pm – 7pm, taking advantage of how beautiful the garden looks at twilight. There’s something magical about twinkling fairly lights as the sun sets. The later sitting starts at 10pm and the garden is very romantic in the evening. Check out the Set Menu here.
*The Low Down: Nestled on the urban border of Northbridge’s creative hub and the corporate city, The Standard Bar Garden and Kitchen is a refreshing mix of breezy cool and easy fun, poured into a garden oasis.
Conceived and designed by owner, John Parker, The Standard has used modern pops and twists to complement the building’s industrial heritage. The outdoor Wine Garden is The Standard’s enchanted sanctuary and its unique point of difference. Patrons can be found unwinding blissfully with a cocktail carafe, immersed in greenery, colourful shade and twinkling lights, or venturing upstairs to The Deck to enjoy the spectacular Perth city backdrop.
The ‘never shuts’ kitchen, bar offerings and upbeat service are anything but standard. Renowned Head Chef Chase Weber has conceived an applauded and succinct menu that celebrates WA’s best local and seasonal produce, while remarkably maintaining great value for money. Over at the bar, Parker and his team have delivered one of the best and most concise drink lists in Perth featuring a well-researched selection of uncommon yet impressive wines alongside imported and locally brewed beers.
Mixed drinks are made methodically by passionate bartenders and chefs using fresh and seasonal fruit and juices.
Drinks: Peruse the menu and you’ll be taken on a journey. It’s so lovely being able to choose beverage and know if it will suit my palate, without asking any questions. Each drink is paired with a floral description to help you decide. The beautiful cocktails shine on their menu, enticing people with their locally distilled Gin, made exclusively for The Standard (and it’s sister venue The Halford).
Raspberry Gin & Tonic Slushy – locally distilled raspberry gin, Burma tonic & raspberry gum syrup | Refreshing and light, this Gin brings a sweet and fruity pop to the traditional G&T. The fresh raspberries and mint cleanse the palate and adds a little excitement. Love this drink.
Food: The menu is light, summery and very creative. The Chef forages for locally sourced ingredients and is all about experimentation. Fermenting in house, growing micro herbs in The Standard’s East Perth garden and preparing most ingredients on site, this Chef gets a foodie excited. He loves to cook gluten free, vegetarian and vegan purely for the creative aspect. You’ll never find “steak and chips” on this menu, but you will find a diverse selection that anyone would be comfortable eating and not feel guilty while doing so.
Crispy kimchi cauliflower, mango chutney, coriander and lime – Kimchi! This is so good and completely satisfies my palate. The light coating, soft cauliflower and gorgeous fermented kimchi is a holy trinity. Loving it with the housemade mango chutney.
Caramelised squid, green mango, mandarin salad, cuttlefish cracker – Fresh, punchy and a pretty substantial serving, this cool dish is so great to share. The cuttlefish cracker was so tasty with black garlic salt… particularly used to scoop up that squid. Mandarin in anything is a winner for me and loved how light, but satisfying the dish was.
Experience: This gorgeous venue doesn’t look like much from outside, but as you enter, the long bar draws your attention and follows through to the cool, bohemian, junk yard garden. Dotted with fairly lights and currently adorned with Christmas baubles, the venue is a lot of fun. The staff are attentive and all are really happy to be right there with you. I go out often by myself and I could easily settle in for a looooong afternoon of cocktails, nibbles and atmosphere, and feel very comfortable in my own company. Really enjoyed this stop.
Insider Info: Check out their video of this gorgeous garden bar kitchen here. Certainly gives you a feel for the place! The team didn’t throw a launch party when they opened – they simply opened the doors and let the word spread organically. The brainchild of The Standard has also opened up a very chic small bar in the new State Buildings – Halford. Famous for their unique cocktails and luxurious toasted sandwiches, this little bar is the second on his repertoire in Perth and the owner is in the planning stages of opening up a third venue opposite Halford, in the new Library.