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CLARENCE'S BAR &
RESTAURANT | Mount Lawley
It seems that Mount Lawley is becoming the small
bar hub of Perth. There is a great vibe to Beaufort
Street as fantastic restaurants such as Jackson s mix
it up with the iconic Queens Tavern, the super-cool
Must Winebar, cheap and cheerful Asian noodle
houses, and now a selection of small bars. I love it.
The latest addition to the strip is Clarence s and it s
proving to be very popular. Unlike Cantina 663, its
sister establishment further up the road, Clarence s
is moody and broody with a dark, almost hidden
façade. However, step
inside and you re
greeted with a friendly,
ultra-cool little eating
and drinking hole.
Choose to eat at the
front, in the small but
well fitted-out restau-
rant, or head towards the
back and settle into the
bar. The exposed brick,
wooden floors, mix of
seating, and small and large tables give the place a
warm, tussled feel. The long bar adds to the vibe
and the outside courtyard, though not large, is
a great space to catch up with friends and share
a glass of wine and something to eat. There are
groups of guys having a chat, a few girls in for
dinner, couples on a night out, young and old all
hanging out. I know it has been said before, but
places like Clarence s really do make us feel like
Perth is finally graduating from high school.
If you are after something to eat (hooray for our
small bar licenses, because you don t have to eat if
you don t want to) you can choose from the res-
taurant menu regardless of where you are sitting.
There s a small but interesting selection of dishes
to share from the seasonally changing menu, from
cured scallops, $18, to the beefier steak burger,
$22.50, or something lighter, such as crispy white
bait -- excellent value at $9 -- or ham hock terrine,
$14.50. The food is pretty good pub fare, more
thoughtful than many places. Oysters are freshly
shucked and were a highlight.
The drinks list is extensive, so take some time
to choose a few different things. The staff is
knowledgeable and happy to guide you through,
if that s what you want. They pride themselves on
their martinis so why not try one? At $16, they re
not cheap, but it s the sort of place where it just
seems so right to order one.
Although good, the food isn t a standout. But
when you put it all together -- the food, the drinks,
the staff, the vibe -- it s great. Clarence s is the type
of wine bar I wish was in my neighbourhood.
OPEN Monday to Thursday 4pm -- midnight,
Friday to Saturday noon -- midnight, Sunday
noon -- 10pm. Fully licensed. 566 Beaufort St,
Mount Lawley, (08) 9228 9474.
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