Helvetica may be the granddaddy of Perth’s small-bar scene (it opened in 2009), but it’s not old fashioned. And much like the Swiss font of the same name, its appeal is timeless.

If Old Fashioned is your thing, the bar’s flannel-clad team will be happy to mix one for you. Owner David Gillman’s top priority is service, and his bar staff is as warm and welcoming as the plush two-storey interior – completely committed to the guest no matter how busy it gets.

The drinks are a very close second to the service, in particular whiskey, with dozens of the world’s best available. If you’re planning on becoming a regular – and there are many – you can purchase a bottle and have it stored on site for a post-work wind down.

Cocktails such as the Manhattan, Negroni and Aperol Spritz are prepared efficiently, a far cry from the drawn-out spectacle present at some venues.

Wine and beer lists are concise but focussed on quality, favouring Australian and European drops. The food is simple but effective, with shared platters of olives, nuts, sardines and chorizo all affordably priced.

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Updated: November 1st, 2023

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