Bar & Bites: Perth pubs unveil charcuterie boards for dogs, Frisk Small Bar’s French cocktail foray


Dog-friendly pubs for pub-friendly dogs, the Bassendean and Victoria Park hotels have teamed with online pet supplies store Pet Circle to create a “barkuterie” board.

Each board features three doggo treats plus fresh fruit and veggies curated by Pet Circle for $12. Charcuterie, but for pooches.

Camera IconThe “barkuterie” board available for all good doggos at the Bassendean and Vic Park Hotels. Credit: Supplied

Anyway, while you smash pints, parmis and pizzas, at least Fido is staying healthy.

The barkuterie boards are available now at the Basso and Vic Park until stocks are exhausted.


There’s a new French restaurant in the heart of Northbridge that only serves cocktails.

OK, it’s our old friends at long-running gin joint Frisk Small Bar, which has adopted the non de plume Chateau de Frisque and introduced a menu of culinary cocktails with suitably punny names.

There’s the Yuzu Me Rollin’ combining Chartreuse, yuzu, seaweed liqueur, wasabi and more seaweed.

Bar & Bites is keenest to try the Antipasto Martini, which fills a coup glass with extra-virgin olive oil washed gin and dry vermouth, and the Low N Slow, a southern mix of bourbon, Massenez apricot liqueur, pickle brine, miso and chipotle.

The Antipasto Martini cocktail at Frisk Small Bar in Northbridge.
Camera IconThe Antipasto Martini cocktail at Frisk Small Bar in Northbridge. Credit: Breadperth

The controversial Pizza on Pineapple flips the script with barrel-aged tequila, pineapple, Aperol, mezcal and a pizza rim, while the Black Forest Gateau is a decadent concoction using mulberry gin, Pedro Ximenez, chocolate and a maraschino cherry.

All up, there are a dozen fun cocktails spanning “entrees, plat principal and dessert” and priced between $15 and $24.

Frisk Small Bar is at 103 Francis Street, Northbridge, and open midday till late on weekends and 4pm till 10pm from Tuesday to Thursday.


Nowadays it seems there’s an international day for everything from ingrown toenails to Bavarian polka music. But here’s one I can get behind — International Dumpling Day.

Miss Chow’s dumplings are on the menu at Servo in Leederville.
Camera IconMiss Chow’s dumplings are on the menu at Servo in Leederville. Credit: Supplied

Perth dumpling maestros Miss Chow’s are celebrating with a dumpling festival at Leederville Precinct over four days from September 28 to October 1, with a series of events sure to bao you over.

First up is the “Omakase” Banquet from the Heart on September 28. This one-off collab sees Miss Chow’s exec chef Aldren Teo and Servo’s chef de cuisine Chris Bottega present a seven-course menu of authentic Shanghai chow merged with Servo’s wood-fired Mediterranean flavours. This costs $55 per person.

For AFL grand final day on September 30, Servo offers a four-hour sporting yum cha banquet, featuring bottomless booze during the match. Watch the game on the big screens while feasting on a Cantonese banquet, served between quarters, and sipping on beer, wine and themed cocktails for $110 per punter.

Then there’s a dumpling version of Servo’s Eterno bottomless lunches on October 1. In addition to free-flowing booze, guests can graze on dumplings, Shanghai street food and some Servo favourites with an Asian twist, for $55 per person.

Miss Chow’s will also install a pop-up hawker hut in the Servo outdoor bar, selling fresh dumplings and street food from September 29 to October 1.

Miss Chow’s dumplings.
Camera IconMiss Chow’s dumplings. Credit: Supplied


There’s plenty happening out in the wonderful world of beer.

Mandurah brewer Wedgetail Brewing Co. is building a brewery and taproom in Falcon (what’s that? A wedgetail falcon).

Meanwhile, the Serpentine Falls Tavern, a Federation Queen Anne-style building constructed in 1903, is being returned to its former glory.

It’s obviously a huge task as the old pub had fallen into disrepair and needed some of its heritage features completely rebuilt. Check out their Facebook page for a blow by blow, with photos, of the renovation.

And we hear that Rocky Ridge’s city taphouse at Duncraig Shopping Centre is moving along nicely, with City of Joondalup approvals secured and liquor licence (hopefully) imminent.

Reading the hops leaves, B&B would guestimate the 30-plus tap venue should open around Easter 2024.


Can we please stop referring to anything involving a combination of jazz, cocktails and a dingy bar as like a “Prohibition-era speakeasy”?

Unless you were alive in the US in the 1920s, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Also, speakeasies don’t usually seek publicity.

As one online wit pointed out at the height of COVID, it would have been nice if Perth had some proper underground bars during lockdown.

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