Catching a glimpse of Freo’s latest opening, Ode to Sirens, is a bit like catching a glimpse into a Freo from the past…
There’s a certain mismatched charm to it that reminds us of long afternoons of our youth, whiling away the hours at long-gone favourites La Tropicana or X-Wray.
And while we’re not quite reminiscing about the 1970s (we’re not that old), the bar has drawn big inspiration from the era – not least with the analog hi-fi setup that plays only records, reels to reels and tapes. (No Spotify-generated “chill wine vibes” playlists to be found here, that’s for sure!)
Fittingly, walls are decked out with rows and rows of record storage and album art – which we think will be equally attractive to both crate-diggers and selfie-takers.
Situated within the front bar of the iconic P&O Building on Freo’s High Street, the venue is the latest venture from Daniel Goodsell, one of the key figures behind some of Perth’s most beloved diners over the past 15-odd years – Balthazar, Il Lido, Gordon Street Garage, Bread in Common, Billie H and more.
Here, the record-spinning is accompanied by an approachable drinks list that satisfies both the hint of old-school pub vibes the bar maintains (read: you can get a pony of Swanny D) and the more urbane drinkers – think craft cans, natty wines and retro cocktails, perhaps best enjoyed in the incredibly orange courtyard.
On the food front, the kitchen will be serving up a selection of what Daniel tells us will be “super fresh, Greek-centric” bites, “perfect for grazing or hanging by yourself”: warm pita, hommus and fresh herbs, smoked eggplant with tahini, haloumi saganaki, lamb yiro and more.
Ode to Sirens is open now, and is located at 25 High Street, Fremantle.