Mr West is a two-storey neighbourhood bar. The venue’s main attraction is a set of 24 taps pouring not just beer but cider, wine and cocktails.
Alongside local spirits such as Four Pillars gin there are local and international wines, and beers by smaller Australian producers such as Perth’s Feral Brewing and Melbourne’s La Sirene. The latter’s hazelnut ale, Praline, is even used in Mr West’s Espresso Martini, which is currently on tap.
The bar is located in Nicholson Street mall, within walking distance of new Footscray venues such as Bad Love Club, Bar Josephine and Littlefoot, and some of the suburb’s longstanding ethnic eateries.
The space makes heavy use of upcycled materials, much of which came from repurposed $2-shop furniture. The original concrete walls of the 500-square-metre area remain, as do wooden ceiling beams. There’s a mix of booth seating and communal tables, and upstairs there’s a small rooftop courtyard. A bottle shop will open on the ground floor in the coming months.
The food offering is simple – it’s a bar snacks kind of menu; cheese and charcuterie. And the owners encourage people to BYO from surrounding restaurants.
There’s also an adjacent bottle shop, with reduced hours, which opened in 2018. There's only a handful of tables in the sparsely decorated shop. The upcycled industrial vibe from the bar upstairs carries through here, with dark natural wood and concrete floors. You can drink in (and upstairs), with corkage added to the shelf price.