When Strange Company opened in 2015, the multi-functional bar-slash-eatery proved that it is possible to teach an old wetsuit factory new tricks (while simultaneously taking on the role of unofficial pre-drinks venue for anyone dining at Bread in Common).
Three years on and its owners are looking to add to the family, only this time they’re looking at the port city’s Cappuccino Strip rather than its west end.
The countdown is on to next month’s opening of Ronnie Nights, a new bar at the former Maya and Auntie G site on Market Street. Like its older sibling, there’s going to be a strong focus on sharp drinks and even sharper service, but co-owner Greg Leaver says he’s expecting the atmosphere to be a little livelier.
“It’s going to be a playful version of Strange Company,” says Leaver. “It will be brighter, more whimsical, louder: a bit of a party.”
Fuelling that party will be a drinks menu zeroing in on small craft brewers and wines sourced directly from growers and wineries. Food, as is the case at the mothership, will be no mere after-thought with the menu comprising small plates that are equally suited to snacking as they are constructing your own dinner.
Leaver and the bar’s other partners have been fairly hands-on with the makeover, not least polishing the bar’s terrazzo bar top. The pressed tin ceiling, floor tiling and bold colour scheme speak to a venue with personality, and yet another reason for drinkers to familiarise themselves with this happening neighbourhood.
Ronnie Nights (75-77 Market Street, Fremantle) opens on Thursday February 8. The bar will trade from 4pm till midnight, Wednesday to Sunday.