Victoria Park Hotel’s $2.3million redesign is complete and here’s your first look at the new beer garden

The next time you’re sipping a drink and digging into food at your local, take a look because chances are an ancestor roosted there nearly a century before you.

Camera iconLia Tapper with her daughter Stella (4) and Hugo the dog. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/western australia

Perth is home to a beloved collection of old hotel pubs, some of which have been in business for over 170 years.

Although great-grandfather Bob may not have headed for a pint and a special among, many of these original venues have been lovingly restored over the decades, from signage , recycle materials or continue pouring the wine to the top of the glass at no additional cost.

The latest old lady to receive a multi-million dollar ($2.3 million in fact) makeover is the Vic Park Hotel, a local favorite since it opened in 1927.

Joe Baily, WA manager of Australian Venue Co (which also owns the Guildford Hotel, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar and The Aviary), reveals that the venue has now doubled in size.

“Removing the old billiard room and bottle store allowed us to create an open and airy beer garden in its place,” he says.

“The park (the beer garden) has a large garden bar with 30 taps of beer, a perfect reception area for 50 guests, a play area for the kids, several screens to watch the big games and lots of places to sit and enjoy a wine in the sun.

He says the group had a vision to expand since acquiring the venue in 2019, wanting to add to the appeal of the already popular Victoria Park cafe and restaurant, and specifically cater to the growing number of families in the area. .

    Gia (2) and Stella (4) in the playground of the Victoria Park Hotel.
Camera icon Gia (2) and Stella (4) in the playground of the Victoria Park Hotel. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/western australia
Victoria Park Hotel.
Camera iconVictoria Park Hotel. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/western australia

Designed by Donnelly Design, Baily reveals when it reopens on Saturday May 14 that the venue will focus on live entertainment and family activations.

An updated menu by head chef Andre Nunes includes a mix of quality pub classics with a twist, like WA Grilled Tiger Prawns with Chimichurri, a Classic Amongst with Mustard Coleslaw and Chips, or a Roll of prawns and lobster. There’s a wine list with a WA accent, lots of draft beers and a non-alcoholic menu too.

For Baily, the growing number of resurrected quintessential WA pubs and hotels has been exciting to see in recent years.

“We are delighted with all the other renovations taking place around Perth, as this only provides more incentive for visitors to Perth and also helps to foster creativity in the industry,” he said.

Check out some of Perth’s oldest pubs that have also had an impressive makeover.


The Guildford Hotel...
Camera iconThe Guildford Hotel… Credit: provided/provided

This iconic monument rose from the ashes in 2016 after being inactive for eight years following a suspicious fire.

After a two-year refurbishment, one of Perth’s oldest pubs is reborn, paying homage to its long history with charred beams, recycled signage, original fireplaces and window frames.

Many have traveled to Guildford since to enjoy the restoration as well as its new courtyard and delicious cheeseburger spring rolls.

The Elford

The Elford Hotel.
Camera iconThe Elford Hotel. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/western australia

When Mt Lawley institution The Flying Scotsman announced it was closing, many people wondered where they would find their jugs of beer and their cheap, cheerful pizzas.

Thankfully, its seedy digs have been revamped as The Elford after a $4 million renovation, reopening in August 2021.

It’s now a sleek, airy space with a fresh, seasonal menu and a generous drink list featuring unique craft beers and classic cocktails.

The Royal Hotel

flower at the Hotel Royal.
Camera iconflower at the Hotel Royal. Credit: Ross Swanborough/western australia

You’d be forgiven for forgetting this popular CBD pub that only reopened in 2019 as it quickly took root in the fabric of the city.

After a $13 million renovation, the heritage-listed building that opened in 1882 as a cocktail lounge and hotel has been transformed into a multi-location space featuring various bars, a karaoke room and Willi’s restaurants. and Flower.

The Leederville Hotel

The grounds of the Leederville Hotel.
Camera iconThe grounds of the Leederville Hotel. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/western australia

There have been many iterations of this popular late-night spot – you might even have danced in one of the cages after a few too many drinks – but its latest may just be the best.

Its multimillion-dollar redevelopment gave the huge space a whole new look, three new spaces inside the hotel, and the addition of a Servo restaurant and bar.

The cages may be gone, but it still promises a good night’s sleep if you’re out late.

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Camera iconCottesloe Beach Hotel Credit: instagram

If you remember spending Sunday afternoons sitting on the hill in the back of this mega pre-makeover spot, then it’s time to invest in a good skincare regimen.

Since opening in 1905, it’s seen a series of renovations over the decades, but perhaps the most memorable was the 2013 renovation to replace the sticky floors and astro-turf and introduce the stylish Beach Club.

Whether you want to watch the sun set on the veranda with a cold beer or relive your early twenties with a Sunday session out back, there’s room for everyone.

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