West Leederville is having something of a moment.

First there was Hylin, Myrtle Ivy and the sophomore effort from Mary Street Bakery. Then came the best Chinese restaurant no one had heard of. Late last month, Nowhereman Brewing opened its doors after five years of planning by owner Reece Wheadon. The latest reason to think of West Leedy as a bona fide destination rather than a shortcut? Besk, a new bottle shop-slash-cafe-slash-bar-slash-kitchen.

A joint venture between Elliot Moore of Mane Liquor and architect Ben Braham of Braham Architects, Besk is designed to be somewhere the entire neighbourhood can use from morning till late.

“We want to open a community-focussed venue that could function every day of the week and serve all types of crowds and patrons,” says Braham.

A venue, that is, with a bottle shop from one of the state’s favourite independent liquor merchants.

While Moore is looking forward to making new friends in West Leederville, he’s also excited about being able to host more tastings, dinners and events for existing customers.

“One of the things that led to the development of Besk was me talking to Ben about how I could build on what I’m doing at Mane Liquor,” says Moore. “Our customers got a kick out of all the events we’d put on at other venues and they’d ask me to do them more regularly, but it’s hard when you haven’t got your own space.”

One distinct advantage of the expansion to West Leederville: customers at Besk will be able to purchase anything in store and enjoy it on the premises. Takeaway sales, however, look set to be a major part of the store’s appeal. In addition to craft beer, guests can fill squealers and growlers with tap wine and cold-pressed Refresh juice. Considering one-time Young Gun of Wine Jo Perry from Margaret River’s Dormilona is making the house whites and reds and Brave New Wine and The Beer Farm are collaborating on house brews, this is very pleasing news.

As well as the bottle shop, the space will include a 210-person bar and restaurant as well as meeting spaces that will be available for use through the day.

Besk opens February 2018.


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