Tag: Perth

Tim Wastell joins Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth’s management team

There’s always a lot of bar activity going on in Perth these days it seems. We brought you the recent news that James Connolly has moved on from Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth to open a new Spanish-themed pop-up bar. We can now confirm that industry veteran Tim Wastell is joining the Rockpool Bar & Grill team.

Award-winning bartender to open new Perth bar

Experienced Perth bartender James Connolly has moved on from his role at Perth’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, to open a new bar called Enrique’s. ”It’s a Spanish-themed pop-up bar in Mount Lawley,” said Connolly. “And like the bars of Barcelona we will be making the gin and tonic king,” he said.

David Nguyen-Luu wins WA round of Angostura Global Cocktail Comp

Rockpool Bar & Grill’s David Nguyen-Luu is through to the national final of the Angostura Global Cocktail Competition. He took out the WA round of the comp last Monday night at Perth’s Universal Bar. Finishing in second place was Joe Sinagra, and there was a tie for third place between Mechanics Institute’s Ben Tua and Dimitri Rtshiladze.

The Butterworth

The Butterworth, in the heart of Perth’s CBD and located in Exchange Plaza, has been kicking goals with the food, but it’s the drinks that we’re interested in — and with good reason. The cocktail bar is headed up by Mike de Vos (check out our Introducing section this issue) who is lending the skills he’s used at Luxe and Bobeche while he waits for his own bar to get up off the ground.

Introducing Perth bartender & new bar owner, Mike de Vos

Having worked his way around some of Perth’s best bars, this up and coming bartender is about to launch into the world of bar ownership for the very first time. Plans are well underway for his new bar, Choo Choo’s, to swing open the doors, so we though it was the right time to ask him a few questions about where he’s been and what he’s done so far.


This place has been open for a few months now but we thought better late than never. Given it has former Luxe luminary, Joe Sinagra on board for the beverage program it is no surprise that the cocktail list for this little den of deliciousness is of the wide ranging style.

Musical chairs in Perth

The Perth bar scene is alive and well it seems, with a bit of musical bartender chairs being played. It appears that Luxe bar is ground zero for a lot of this too. Not only is owner Andy Freeman setting up a new bar, called The Varnish (as we reported in October’s Bartender) but other Luxe alumni are making moves too.

Bob’s Bar at Print Hall

It seems Bob Hawke is having a bit of a renaissance in the eyes of Australian drinkers – first, by christening the Workers in Balmain, and now as a part of the Print Hall venture that took over the The West Australian newspaper’s former headquarters (and including a $2.5m wine program). Bob’s Bar is adorned with the wise words muttered by the man himself: “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up to work today is a bum!”

Introducing: James Connolly

Q: What do you drink to impress a lady?
A: I’m not allowed to impress ladies anymore.