One of the original laneway bars in Perth, Helvetica is found by wandering down a cobblestone lane off Howard Street, and is directly behind another bar of note, Andaluz, and what was the WA Club. It is a relaxed, informal, friendly bar, with a cool atmosphere and hip music as well, boasting somewhat rustic décor and mismatched furniture – but it all adds to the charm.
On two levels, the downstairs area large and open with chairs, couches, coffee tables and stools scattered about – special mention should be made of the bar with its extensive range of whisky and whiskey on display.
The menu is really a bar snack style – olives, nuts, roasted chorizo – just something to nibble on while trying one of those aforementioned spirits.
Catching up with a mate after work we opted on this visit for a bottle of rosé – Pepperilly Iron Cloud from the beautiful Ferguson Valley. Pale salmon and made from a blend of Grenache and Shiraz it has a bouquet of raspberries and spice; the crisp, dry palate glows with the flavours of cherries and rhubarb – easy drinking, good match with spicy food. It certainly went down fine on its own as well!
Helvetica, a little off the beaten track, is one of Perth’s almost hidden gems.