Once the bustling headquarters of The West Australian newspaper, the heritage-listed Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace has been transformed into Print Hall: a beautiful multi-story bar and restaurant.
You’d hardly believe the elegant building was once a factory. Instead of the round-the-clock churn of the printing presses is the tinkling of cutlery on plates and pop of just-opened champagne, the smell of fresh ink has been replaced with that of freshly prepared food and what was once the newspaper’s safebox is now a 22,000 bottle-strong wine cellar.
But thankfully, remnants of the 80-year-old building’s Art Deco glory remain, such as the original timber detailing and terrazzo flooring. Paying homage to the building publishing past, Print Hall kept the original ‘The West Australian’ neon sign above the rooftop bar.
The three floors offer dining experiences as unique as the chefs helming the kitchens, including David Coomer (of Star Anise and Pata Negra fame) and Shane Watson (from Adelaide’s The Red Sea). The eponymous ground floor is an expansive open plan bar and restaurant, dominated by a striking vertical garden of tropical plants at its centre. Star sommelier from Quay in Sydney, Daniel Wegener, is responsible for the $2.5million wine program and local oyster king, Jerry Fraser serves his infamous oysters at the bar.
The best view of the action is taken from the first floor, home to The Apple Daily Bar and Eating House, a modern Asian restaurant whose booths are nestled beneath stacks of newspapers. Venture even higher, through the newspaper-covered walls of the stairwell to Bob’s Bar, an open rooftop terrace surrounded by the city’s tallest buildings – and what we expect will be a favourite summertime drinking hole.
If Print Hall manages to make every night as successful as last night’s impressive launch party, we’re expecting great things when it opens its doors to the public on 25 September.
Great: Awesome wine list and beautiful vertical garden
Not-so-Great: No signage on the mezzanine floor toilets and easy-to-run-into glass doors
(Also published in AgendaCity)