When Swallow Bar opened its doors on Thursday, it already had over 1400 likes on its Facebook page and dozens of articles in the media spanning the last few months. It wasn’t clever PR at play. Instead, it was the result of months of delays and Perthites’ seemingly limitless patience. Either we don’t mind waiting for the next “it” small bar, or we’re just that used to licensing dramas. In any case, the much-anticipated and already much-loved Swallow Bar is now open and proud to be Maylands’ first small bar.
And small it is, at just 90 square metres and with space for just 60 people. You have to squeeze to find space, but you won’t mind.
Once a 1920’s shop, bar managers Zoe Roy and Meredith Bastian spent two years converting the Whatley Crescent address into a bar, doing their best to retain its heritage and giving it an old-world, Art Deco feel. Everything was considered, from the art hanging on the walls to the vintage light fixtures and even the booths, salvaged from a train carriage and surely a nod to the station opposite.
Perhaps most charming is the intimate courtyard out the back with its periwinkle walls, multi-coloured metal chairs and various hanging potted plants. Not a bad spot to sip a cocktail and taste the various French-influenced dishes on the bar menu such as Corned Beef Croquettes, Artichoke and Cheese Gratin or Confit Ocean Trout.
Yes, Swallow was definitely worth the wait.
(Also published in AgendaCity)