We stumbled upon the Sail & Anchor Pub on our way back to the Freemantle Train Station. The Pub has an open air feel to it with large glass floor to ceiling doors that they keep ajar. Inside there are plenty of bar tables and stools to grab a seat as well as an upstairs.
The Sail & Anchor carries a large variety beer and cider. Liz and I definitely needed something cool to drink after a walk in the hot sun and this was the perfect place. We chose a table in the back by one of the open doors; the breeze was perfect. I enjoyed takinga load off and enjoying a few cold beers with my wife. The casual atmosphere of the place was perfect for feeling relaxed.
The pub had just what I needed: cold beer and good vibe. Will definitely return.
Situated on the river, the Left Bank (“the Lefty” as the locals call it) is a “Sunday Session” favourite. A Sunday Session is basically a Sunday afternoon drinking session, and it’s what we west aussies do best. One of the more upmarket pubs in Fremantle, it is a good place to get a feed and a drink, but it’s one of those places coveted by the beautiful people.
They do hold quiz nights and live music nights.
Dress Code: Neat casual.
Situated on the water, in the previous home of the Crocodile Farm, Little Creatures has quite a cult following. Home to the funky, it has a great menu which includes a variety of off-beat pizzas and has a real industrial feel with good music. It can be hard to get a seat, but it’s a good place to go if you’re willing to get there early and stay on. It does brew it’s own beer, which includes the well known Pale Ale, and Rogers. I prefer the Elsie B’s Red Bubbles myself.
Dress Code: Neat Casual.
The Fly By Nite Musicians Club has been around for 20 years. This quaint former airplane hangar plays host to all manner of musical delights. Some favourites that I’ve caught there over the years include The Tea Party, Nathan Gaunt, Something for Kate and Fourplay (String Quartet). Other regulars include Bob Evans (of Jebediah fame), Eskimo Joe, and the John Butler Trio, but they do hold other events such as family shows, fundraisers and comedy evenings.
You can buy drinks there and you can usually get tickets at the door at an increased price, however if it’s a popular gig I would suggest you get them before hand.
Check out their website for the latest gig updates.
Dress Code: Depends on the gig!
Again, one of Freo’s more upmarket pubs, owned by a local footballer I believe. Good food, but definitely a venue for the beautiful people or if you’re off you’re face and don’t notice everyone sizing you up as you walk in. Whenever I’m there I can’t wait to leave.
Dress Code: Snazzy
The Newport or “the Newie” as the locals call it is home to many a live band. Over the years there have been some fantastic gigs at the Newport. It’s particularly home of the SLAM gig (Support Local Alternative Music, created by Stevie D) which is a gig that consists of six or seven local bands, usually with a theme of some kind – eg Santa Slam, Metal Slam.
Dress Code: Neat Casual, no workboots
Metropolis opened in Fremantle in 1990 and has since opened a larger club in Perth. They have five chambers that represent the elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Air, 8 bars and 4DJ’s. They regularly have both local and international touring acts. You will have to present ID upon entry.
Open: Fri 9.00pm – 5.00am, Sat 9.00pm – 6.00am, Sunday 9.00pm – 1.00am
Millenium Cinemas is owned by Hoyts Cinemas and it is just off the Cappuccino strip in Fremantle. Their theatres have all the latest in technology. Free street parking is available on week days after 5.00pm and there is a carpark next door to the cinema also.
The Swan Hotel is just over the Swan River from historic Fremantle. They provide live music on Tues, Thurs-Sun nights. The old hotel has been a landmark on the north bank for many years. The old Cave bar has been refurbished and is now the Swan Basement which plays host to a wide variety of both international and national bands.
There are 2 bars, a restaurant and a bottle shop at Moondyne Joes. The Governors Bar has 18 beers on tap as well as a good assortment of bottled beers and Australian wines. Friday and Saturday night you can enjoy live entertainment. You can also get a meal there. In the Sports Bar there is a big screen TV, pool tables and a TAB for betting, most events are shown live.
The pub is named after the legend of Moondyne Joe (also known as Joseph Bolitho Johns) who was born in 1831 and won fame for his jail-breaking feats at both the Fremantle and Toodyay (Newcastle) jails between 1861 and 1969. He managed to escape every time he was placed behind bars. They finally had to build him a special cell to keep him in. Most of his offences seem to be mainly horse stealing and jail breaking. His name came from the fact that he would roam the Moondyne Hills wearing a kangaroo skin cape and possum skin slippers.
There are two bar areas and a beer garden in this hotel. On Friday and Saturday evenings there is dance music provided by DJ’s as well as live music which is featured regularly. The hotel is open 11.00am to midnight Monday to Thursday, noon to 1.00am Saturday and noon to 10.00pm on Sundays.
Sunday sessions at Cottesloe Beach are a bit of a Perth tradition. The beach is one of the top swimming/sunbathing spots in Perth, clean and usually patrolled by lifeguards. There's plenty of grass areas and a playground along the beach front for families or picnics. From the beach, head to The Cottesloe Hotel for a young, trendy crowd or the OBH for a more casual, beer garden type crowd. Get there early (before seven) to avoid big queues.
Dress Code: Although these pubs are right on the beach and it's nice to head over after a day on the sand, they can get a bit strict about shoes for the guys - make sure you have a neat, closed shoes, not just your beach thongs.
Fly by Night Musicians Club This club was Western Australia’s first smokefree venue. Both local and internation musical acts are featured here. The building itself was an artillery Drill Hall back in 1896 and is now a heritage-listed building.
Sail & Anchor Pub
The Sail and Anchor is an icon in Fremantle and has its own brewery complete with tour of the brewing process. Two decades ago the buildings life began as the Freemasons Hotel before being turned into the Sail and Anchor and Australia's first microbrewery. After extensive refurbishment in 2001, there is now a modern café menu from a new downstairs kitchen, and simple and elegant dining in the upstairs brassiere.
South Terrace Fremantle
189 High Street
The Norfolk Hotel
47 South Tce, Fremantle