The home of new Victoria Park bar Daddy Long Legs has had many identities – The Publican, DB’z and The Opal, to name just three. The second venture from the owners of Fremantle small bar Who’s Your Mumma sees the venue completely renovated, with the new bar having a strong WA vibe, from the timber-heavy fitout to its food and drink menus.
“The aesthetic is very West Australian, everything is made from one batch of WA tuart,” says co-owner Ben Haines. “That’s also been reflected in the beverages on offer. We’ve got 15 taps of craft beer, mostly West Australian with a couple of Australians and one international.”
Beers on tap include brews from Young Henrys, Mash, Feral, Gage Roads and Nail. Promising a more sophisticated offering than Who’s Your Mumma, Daddy Long Legs’ cocktail menu was developed by head barman Pete Van Zeller, formerly of The Classroom and Must Winebar.
“There’s a large catchment area for whom the Vic Park strip is their first point of contact with a high or main street,” says Haines. “I’d hesitate to generalise, but I think along with the Dutch Trading Co. we’re going to get people looking at the higher end of the bar market.”
Chef Josh Skipworth, formerly of Fremantle small bars Strange Company and Percy Flint, has written a contemporary menu utilising miso, pickling and other Asian influences. Substantial meals are offered alongside more share-friendly dishes including bar snacks, charcuterie and cheese plates. Only local, line-caught seafood is used in the kitchen.
“It’s almost by accident that we have more of a food focus than we intended,” says Haines. “We’ve got more of a sit-down vibe than a lot of bars, but it’s still very much a bar with a strong kitchen rather than a restaurant.”