Taking Over The Old Swallow Bar In Maylands, Volare Is Bringing Aperitivo To The ‘Burbs
The closure of Maylands’ Swallow Bar left a huge hole in our hearts, but our heartbreak is finally coming to an end this week.
Opening tomorrow in Swallow’s former site, Volare (Latin for “to fly, and a sentimental wink to the former bar) will be bringing the Euro-holiday, aperitivo vibes to Maylands, while keeping all the Art Deco delightfulness that helped make Swallow such a neighbourhood favourite. Don’t worry – the hand stitched ’20s train seats and pressed tin bar is still there, with the addition of a fresh coat of paint and some extra plant life.
Coming from a team with pretty prodigious CVs, we’ve got high hopes. Also behind Northbridge tropical party joint Neon Palms, Hayden Carter, Sasha Fagan, Jesse Tang and Chris Tilley have a combined 50 years of experience across venues in Perth and internationally – as well as Neon Palms, that includes stints at Wildflower, Clarences, Besk, The Ritz-Carlton and Vancouver’s Botanist.
From tropical parties to old-world Europe: you can expect to find a hefty collection of aperitivo and digestivo, amaro and of course, plenty of vino.
On the food front, the starting menu from Piemontese Head Chef Luca Minetti features plenty of drink-friendly plates that have us dreaming of afternoon drinks that drift into dinner – particularly decadent bites like a chicken liver pâté cannoli or negroni-glazed octopus.
“We’re passionate about bringing dining and drinking culture together as a symbiotic relationship,” owner Chris told us. “We’ve scoured the globe for the best amaros, wines and digestifs to create a truly unique experience to Perth. I can’t wait to show people the world of aperitivo beyond the iconic Aperol Spritz!”
“Aperitivo bars in Europe are all about connecting people,” Hayden added. “We want to create a sense of community and a ‘third place’ for people to unwind, socialise and indulge in all the finer things of life with their friends and neighbours. La dolce vita!”
Volare is located at 198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands, and is opening tomorrow, August 17. The bar will be open Wednesday to Sunday, 3:00PM to 11:00PM.