Swanky new bar in the CBD – great range of drinks and amazing food.Our rating:
From the same people that brought you the Malt Supper Club in Mt Lawley and The Dutchess in Claremont comes the Lost Society Bar in Perth. Opening its doors a little over 3 weeks ago, Lost Society is situated on the West end of Hay Street, where the well known Box Deli once stood. I had heard some really great things about Lost Society so was really keen to go check it out. A mate and I headed down after work for a few drinks and a pre-dinner snack.
Walking in, it’s quite evident that the owners have spent a considerable amount of time, and probably money, fitting out the place to give it a stylish almost exclusive feel (exclusive in a good way, not in a pretentious sense). Everything from the tables & chairs to the chandeliers and even the patterned wall paper just oozes lavishness. There is also an upstairs area with another bar and a generous sized standing area, however they only tend to open it up on busier nights (i.e. Fridays and Saturdays). It’s easy to see this place getting quite full on a Friday or Saturday night, so I’d suggest heading down a bit earlier than you usually would.
We picked a spot to sit downstairs and were brought over a menu by the manager. The staff were all very friendly and the service was extraordinary. Both my mate and I had plans for dinner later so we decided to go with something a bit smaller. The menu had quite a large range of food, including tapas style options – which we went for. We ordered a tasting plate, which includes any four of the ‘share’ options and even a small complimentary baguette. Yes that’s right, free! I thought I was back in Europe for a second. I honestly can’t remember the last time I got complimentary bread at a restaurant in Perth. Anyway, complimentary baguette aside (which was really good by the way), we ordered grilled chorizo with lime, salt and pepper dusted squid, mushroom arancinis and grilled haloumi with lemon. Our food was brought out within 15 minutes and it was all amazing, I was seriously considering ordering another tasting plate and cancelling my dinner plans. If I had to pick a favourite from the plate, it would have to be the squid. It had just the right amount of seasoning and it was cooked to perfection, couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
The menu also had a good selection of quality spirits, a variety of wines and an extensive cocktail list. If there was one improvement I would recommend, it’d be to look at extending the beer range a bit. While there was still an adequate range of beer on offer, It would be good to see a bit more variety, maybe even a craft beer or two sneaking their way onto the list. Prices for both food and drinks were reasonable and could definitely be justified by the quality of ingredients used as well as the quality of service provided.
The crowd seemed to be mostly city folk, there for an after work catchup with mates, which tends to be who they are targeting. They’re definitely not after teens looking for a place to slam down tequila shots and jagerbombs. The place had a really good vibe going on, which I think was down to a number of things; the swanky decor, the funky lounge music coming out of the speakers, the good nature/attitudes of the staff and the fact that all those teens were in Northbridge doing their tequila shots and jagerbombs and not at Lost Society. If you’re getting tired of your same old haunts in the city or just looking for a good spot for a meal and some drinks, I’d highly recommend paying Lost Society a visit!
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