Win­ter bar scene licked

The Sunday Times - - Confidential -

THE suc­cess of Bar Pop’s Ice Cream Fac­tory is one sign that North­bridge is en­joy­ing good times again.

The old Peters Ice Cream site has been owned by hospi­tal­ity de­vel­oper Gra­ham Hardie since 1985, and has quickly be­come a pop­u­lar party des­ti­na­tion since its first pop-up fes­ti­val in De­cem­ber last year.

“It’s an amaz­ing site close to the Perth rail­way sta­tion and we are ex­cited to be able to ac­ti­vate it,” chief ex­ec­u­tive of En­ter­tain­ment En­ter­prises Hugh Brown said.

Pop­u­lar Syd­ney-based DJ Tom Loud, AKA Hot Dub Time Ma­chine, saw crowds flock to the open­ing night of the win­ter pop-up, with an es­ti­mated 6500 pa­trons through the doors be­tween Fri­day and Sat­ur­day nights.

“We should see about 36,000 (peo­ple) over the next three week­ends, that’s pretty cool in win­ter,” Brown said.

En­ter­tain­ment En­ter­prises, of Tigerlil’s, Em­pire Bar in River­vale and Ram­bla on Swan fame, are cur­rently re­de­vel­op­ing the old Varga Lounge.

“We’ve got amaz­ing things hap­pen­ing in Novem­ber/De­cem­ber with a new bar which is go­ing to come off the old Brook­lyn/Varga site, we’re go­ing to have 100-per­son sky bar look­ing over the whole city, it’s in­cred­i­ble,” Brown said.

“We love North­bridge, we’ve seen it ebb and flow over the years, we’ve had 40 venues over 30 years — we love West­ern Aus­tralia, there’s no one else that wants to put WA on the map more.”

Chill time: Michael Hay­wood, Bill Oddy, DJ Tom Loud and Hugh Brown at The Ice Cream Fac­tory open­ing. Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

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