Making the news in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons – potential closure due to some bureaucratic bungling by various State government bodies – the PICA bar opposite the State Library in the Cultural precinct is a popular place to hang out if the crowds inside and out under the trees at the back are any indication.
There have been some improvements since my last visit – with the tatty old couches inside replaced by some snappy new high benches, as well as a new bar top – but the attraction of sitting under the shady trees is still one of its major calling cards
The menu has a number of small or bite sized plates (truffle fries, olives, pickled octopus) , some share plates (dips, cheese board, charcuterie) and some larger dishes designed for one – steak sandwich, burgers, chicken parmi, salads, toasties).
The wine list –posted on a board behind the bar while small is a pretty good selection – only one rosé but the Pierre et Papa is always a pleasant drop and so it proved sitting out the front of the bar looking across to the big screen opposite the library on a sunny spring day in Perth.
Hopefully the powers that be will see sense and go with public opinion and allow the PICA bar to continue on in its current form providing another spot to have a drink, coffee and meal in Northbridge, letting the people who have invested so much time and effort into it a chance to continue to run it rather than handing over a going concern to some “johnny come latelies” who will reap the benefits of others’ hard work.