Part bar, part kitchen and part garden, The Standard lends itself to all manner of social engagement. The only question is where to set up camp.
The soaring warehouse is home to scruffy giant Polaroid posters and plastic-moulded school chairs. The backyard features a fairy-lit wine garden and rooftop bar on a shipping container. The latter is an excellent choice for warm evenings, with a beverage in hand and the sun setting over the city’s skyline.
The drinks list covers plenty of territory. Wine choices favour the work of smaller producers, including around a half-dozen rosés by the glass.
The cocktail selection is dominated by European classics given a twist, such as the Gateway Negroni, a fragrant aperitif containing Aperol and raspberry gin. This gin is made exclusively for The Standard and its sister venue Halford by West Perth distillery, Hippocampus.
Head chef Chase Weber has devised a share-friendly menu that’s as suited to bar snacking as it is to lunch and dinner. Fava bites – pureed fava bean baked in thick, Duplo-like bricks – are accompanied by a mushroom ketchup. A rich smoked-beef brisket is typical of the sturdier dishes, and imaginative salads include a bittersweet eggplant number.