6 Places to Be Cool in Subiaco
We all love summer but to escape that blast of heat provides the perfect excuse to order something cool to chill out with. Here are some suggestions of places to go to take the temperature down when it starts to soar.
210 Nicholson Road, Shenton Park
The team behind The Unicorn Bar have got it right – they’re mantra ‘life and beer are very similar – you got to chill for best results’ should be something we all live by. Pull up a pew outside or head indoors for air-con comfort when the heat is too much, and try one of their brand new tap beers to chill your beans. Pirate Life South Coast pale ale is just the ticket, with sweet and subtle flavours raising only one question – why stop at one? If wine’s more your bag, then try a glass or two of Clairet de Ponty – a chilled red/rosé hybrid which might just become your new favourite thing.
69-171 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
The clue’s in the name of this venue – a cellar is the perfect place to head when the Celsius starts to soar. Thanks to Larry Cherubino’s close ties to Margaret River, you’ll be glad to hear that the City Cellar has started serving some Margs-made Gelato Buonissimo ice cream. If you’re sweet tooth still needs sorting out, may we suggest skipping straight to the Dolce part of the lunch and dinner menu: you can combine Chardonnay and Champagne with white chocolate or Riesling with Belgian milk chocolate. They’re range of rosés is a symphony of chilled perfection – we can’t imagine a better way to spend a lazy afternoon than taking a journey through the world’s best pink drops, with perhaps a serving of caviar on the side.
341 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
The ultimate hangout for your chilled out crew, Juanita’s has always been cool, even when temperatures are verging on the ridiculous. Although it’s more of a leader than a follower of fashion, when it comes to icy drinks, the bar folk of Juanita’s love a rosé as much as the rest of us. You won’t be surprised to learn though that they’re pink of choice is a little more off-piste than others; Gaia 4-6H is made in the Greek Peloponnese region from Agiorgitiko grapes grown at a high altitude which results in the prettiest peachy pink we’ve seen for a while. And if you’re wondering the 4-6h refers to the time the grapes have skin contact with the juice.
331 Hay Street, Subiaco
Happy hour at HOH has a onomatopoeic ring to it – so we’re all for their $10 cocktails (their mojitos are the definition of minty greatness) and a plate of fiery Szechuan-style calamari with roasted garlic and chilli to get the night off to a good start. They also do a good line in creative breakfasts to keep heat at bay; how about their cornflake-encrusted maple French toast with berry compote and vanilla ice cream or cooling coconut and saffron rice pudding topped with cinnamon-poached pear and toasty coconut flakes? They’ve got zingy freshly squeezed juices too from $7 a pop as well as ice coffees and smoothies – and once a week they hold a lucky draw to win money off your next hangout at HOH.
17-31 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
It’s a good idea to look to the steamier countries for inspiration on ideas to keep cool – after all, places like Singapore and Thailand never seem to dip below 30 degrees and they’ve created a cuisine to counteract this constant state of high humidity. Six Senses in Subiaco is part of a small chain of authentic Thai restaurants (they’ve got branches in Elizabeth Quay and Leederville too). The dark teak décor takes you right back to those sultry nights in Chiang Mai and Hua Hin, and the menu is inspired by the best of Thai and Asian favourites. Tom Yum Prawns is a spicy soup with a well-balanced sour and fragrant broth, perfect for lowering temperatures, or the famous north eastern Thai papaya salad is a go-to with added soft shell crab, king prawns or barramundi. You can bring your own wine (there’s a $2 corkage charge) so bring some chilled wine and take a trip to Thailand without leaving 6008.
162 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
The Italians know a thing or two about cooling down in style, so that’s worth bearing in mind when you nip into the Subi branch of Verde Brio. Their Italian-style FROYO is made even more YOLO with some delicious toppings – think amaretto cherry, pisatchios, salted caramel, cookies and cream and hazelnut and chocolate crunch. They also serve up waffles drenched in syrup, churros, toasties and smoothies and spiders. The FROYO itself is either a coconut or dairy-based version so that should keep everybody happy when the heat is on.