Victoria Park Hotel’s $2.3 million revamp is complete and here is your first peek at the new beer garden

The next time you’re sipping a beverage and digging into a feed at your local take a good look around because chances are an ancestor may have perched there nearly a century before you.

Lia Tapper with her daughter Stella (4) and Hugo the dog.
Camera IconLia Tapper with her daughter Stella (4) and Hugo the dog. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

Perth is home to a beloved collection of ye olde hotel pubs, with some in business for more than 170 years.

While great-grandad Bob might not have been heading down for a pint and parmi special, much of these original venues have been lovingly restored over the decades, whether that be signage, recycling materials or continuing to pour the wine right to the top of the glass for no added cost.

The latest old dame to receive a multi-million dollar makeover ($2.3 million in fact) is the Vic Park Hotel, a favourite for locals since opening in 1927.

Joe Baily, WA manager of Australian Venue Co (which also own the likes of the Guildford Hotel, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar and The Aviary), reveals the venue has now doubled in size.

“Removing the old pool hall and bottle shop has allowed us to create an open and airy beer garden in its place,” he says.

“The Park (the beer garden) includes a large garden bar with 30 beer taps, a function space perfect for 50 guests, a playground for the kids, several screens to watch the big games, and plenty of spots to sit back and enjoy a wine in the sun.”

He says the group had the vision to extend since acquiring the venue in 2019, wanting to add to the appeal of the already popular Victoria Park cafe and restaurant strip, and more specifically cater to the growing number of families in the area.

 Gia (2) and Stella (4) in the playground at the Victoria Park Hotel.
Camera Icon Gia (2) and Stella (4) in the playground at the Victoria Park Hotel. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian
Victoria Park Hotel.
Camera IconVictoria Park Hotel. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

Designed by Donnelly Design, Baily reveals upon reopening on Saturday, May 14, the venue will have a focus on live entertainment and family friendly activations.

An updated menu from head chef Andre Nunes includes a mix of quality pub classics with a twist, such as WA grilled tiger prawns with chimichurri, a classic parmi with mustard slaw and fries, or prawn and lobster roll. There is a wine list with a WA focus, plenty of beers on tap and a no-alcohol menu too.

For Baily, the growing number of quintessential WA pubs and hotels being brought back to life has been exciting to witness in recent years.

“We are thrilled with all the other renovations taking place around Perth as it just opens up more incentive for visitors to Perth, and also helps foster creativity in the industry,” he says.

Explore more of Perth’s oldest pubs that have also received an impressive makeover.

Guildford Hotel

The Guildford Hotel..
Camera IconThe Guildford Hotel.. Credit: supplied/supplied

This iconic landmark rose from the ashes in 2016 after sitting dormant for eight years following a suspicious fire.

After a two-year renovation one of Perth’s oldest pubs was reborn, paying homage to its long history with charred beams, recycled signage, original fireplaces and window frames.

Plenty have travelled to Guildford since to enjoy the restoration as well as its new courtyard and the tasty cheeseburger spring rolls.

The Elford

The Elford Hotel.
Camera IconThe Elford Hotel. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

When Mt Lawley institution The Flying Scotsman announced it was closing its doors, it left a lot of people wondering where they’d be getting their beer jugs and cheap and cheerful pizzas.

Luckily its dingy digs were reimagined as The Elford following a $4 million renovation, reopening in August 2021.

It is now an airy sand stylish space with a fresh and seasonal menu and generous drink list with unique craft beers and classic cocktails.

The Royal Hotel

fleur at The Royal Hotel.
Camera Iconfleur at The Royal Hotel. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

You’d be forgiven for forgetting this popular CBD pub only reopened in 2019 as it has quickly become ingrained in the fabric of the city.

Following a $13 million renovation, the heritage-listed building that originally opened in 1882 as a saloon bar and hotel was transformed into a multi-venue space that includes different bars, karaoke room and restaurants Willi’s and Fleur.

The Leederville Hotel

The Leederville Hotel precinct.
Camera IconThe Leederville Hotel precinct. Credit: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian

There have been plenty of iterations of this popular late night venue – you may have even danced in one of the cages after a few too many drinks – but its latest may just be its best.

It’s multi-million dollar redevelopment has given the huge space a whole new look, three new spaces inside the hotel, as well as the addition of restaurant and bar Servo.

The cages may be gone, but it does still promise a good night if you’re out late.

Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Camera IconCottesloe Beach Hotel Credit: Instagram

If you can remember spending Sunday afternoons sitting on the hill at the back of this mega venue pre-makeover, then it’s time to invest in a good skincare regime.

Since opening its doors in 1905, it’s had a series of renovations over the decades but the 2013 makeover to swap out sticky floors and astro turf and introduce the stylish Beach Club was perhaps its most memorable.

Whether you want to watch the sunset on the front verandah with a cold beer, or relive your early 20s with a Sunday sesh out the back, there is a space for everyone.

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