In Beaufort Street Dominion League (in the remodelled premises of one of Perth’s original wine bars, the Court Wine Bar), is one of the best small bars around. And with secession in the air again, following the always strange deliberations of the WA Liberal State Conference, I thought it was time for a re-visit to a place named after the original WA Secessionists of the 1930s.
It is bright and light place, with a downstairs bar which is only open in the evenings – for a lunchtime drink we set up at a comfortable couch near the front windows, looking out to Beaufort Street.
A small menu on offer at lunch includes pulled pork or lamb buns, chicken parma, beef or chicken burgers and marinated artichoke salad – the menu expands a tad at night.
But we were only there for a drink and Blind Corner Rouge caught my eye – this Cabernet Merlot blend from Margaret River, foot crushed, hand plunged and basket pressed, has aromas of blackcurrants and blackberries, with chocolate mint notes. Firm tannins, rich fruit flavours and chocolate and spice fill out a smooth palate – eminently drinkable wine from one of the Young Guns of WA winemakers. Who wouldn’t want to secede if we could keep all of this to ourselves?
The Dominion League continues to be at the forefront of the small bar scene in Perth – snappy wine list, great range of whiskey – over 250 available – excellent cocktails and fine array of craft beers, and good quality snacks and meals – friendly and professional waiters, buzzing atmosphere, especially at night, it is definitely a place you should get along to.