Words by Gabi Mills
Make him laugh
The Regal Theatre
in the heart of Subiaco has gradually been bringing live shows back since COVID hit – and we’re so here for that. Nothing compares to sharing a show with an audience and the Regal is putting together an impressive bill of shows over the next few weeks with some excellent comedy headliners heading to the theatre in September. Take your pick and give Dad the perfect chance to kick back and have a laugh in this historic theatre’s auditorium.
Dubbed ‘Australia’s funniest comedian’ Lawrence Mooney’s
new show Beauty
(September 3 and 4) promises to lift the lid on our brave new world while ex-Nova 93.7 DJ Marty Sheargold
finally brings his show to town (also September 3 and 4) after a sell-out tour in 2019. The week after (Sept 9 to 11), global Netflix sensation Hannah Gadsby’s Body of Work
hits the Regal. It’s an unmissable addition to this hilarious Aussie’s body of work – which I guess explains why she’s called her show just that. And if all you manage to get this year is a card that makes him giggle, here’s a hot tip: head to Spoilt
in Subiaco Square. Their selection is inspired and who knows, while you’re in the store buying the card you might snap up a cool gift at the same time #timemangement. Visit regaltheatre.com.au for tickets.
The well-designed Dad
If you’ve yet to venture inside Heather Levi Interiors
, be prepared to fall in love with this colour-drenched interior design destination. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of gorgeous pieces of furniture and soft furnishings, fabric samples, lampshades and chandeliers. For the Dad with an eye for the finer things in life, it’s a great spot to pick up something unique and beautiful for his home. There’s a special Father’s Day offer too – if you’re quick, snap up the black and white wingback chair – it was $2,495 but now is $1,395 with free delivery to the metro area – just ask for Cecil who will arrange everything beautifully. If you can’t choose from the myriad of options, why not give him a voucher (from $50 upwards), and Dad can make his own inspired choice in his own time. It may just be the start of a new passion for interior design.
If, on the other hand, your Dad is a lover of organisation and keeping everything in its correct place, head up the road from Heather Levi’s on Hay Street to Howards Storage World
. From shoe racks to clever ways to store clothes and other clutter, this is a dream for Dads who love a spick and span living space.
Visit heatherlevi.com.au (439 Hay Street) and hsw.com.au (427 Hay Street)
Slick lids and smart sideburns
Subiaco must be one of the best-served ‘burbs in Perth for gents barbers. There are so many around that there’s really no excuse for the blokes of Subi not to be extremely well-groomed at all times. From traditional barbers where it’s all about the warm towels and old-fashioned service to modern studios specialising in fades, cleansers and scrubs and precision cuts, your Dad is sure to find a place that suits his particular vibe. Treat him to a fresh cut, a wet shave and a bit of TLC, and you’ll be his favourite child ever. Choose from The Guru Barber, Rokeby Road Traditional Barbers, the Confident Man Barber Shop Subiaco, Bloodhound Barbers, Urbano, Gentlemen’s Hair Lounge
and the Urban Barber Shop
to name just a few. If a cup of coffee with his trim is his jam, head to His Lid + Lid Espresso Ba
r – their Instagram feed alone almost makes me wish I had a beard to be trimmed.
It’s an under-reported fact that many men secretly crave a little bling these days. Why should the ladies get all the shiny stuff? If your Dad is one such peacock, may I suggest you spend some time at Linneys
? Their selection of man-friendly jewellery and accessories is crave-inducing. I love the yellow gold neoprene bangle ($1,775) – a rugged twist on the friendship bracelet. If he’s a well-dressed chap, the sterling silver stingray cufflinks ($540) with an artfully textured surface to replicate that marine animal’s skin, are gorgeous. And if you’re planning an extra special Father’s Day – perhaps to ask the Daddy of your dreams to marry you – take a look at the Rottnest reef ring ($3,100). It’s handmade, yellow and white gold and has a beautiful organic design which would look just perfect on your baby Daddy’s finger.
A sneaky snifter
It might seem like the easy way out of any Father’s Day gift dilemmas – just buy him a bottle of Scotch or whatever his preferred spirit may be, job done. However, even this perennial favourite gift for Dad can be made personal and thoughtful if you head to Simon Johnson Providore
on Rokeby Road. You’ll find ready-to-go artisan hampers of his favourite treats (think posh crackers and cheese, caviar and chutneys) which will make the addition of a good bottle of malt from Cellabrations on Hay
next-level inspired. If his tastes extend to an excellent Margaret River red or white, look no further than Cherubino’s City Cellar.
You can book a wine tasting and while you and Dad are exploring Larry Cherubino’s award-winning craft, try and resist the temptation to stay and have lunch or dinner too. Probably best to block off the entire afternoon in your diaries, we say.
Bag a brunch
One of the great pleasures of Father’s Day always falling on a Sunday is the opportunity to buy Dad a long, lazy brunch at one of Subi’s busy cafés. Make sure you bag a table (popular places will be over-subscribed with eager brunchers on September 5 and take your pick from some of the most creative breakfast menus in town. Mimosa
scores high on the ‘wait, let me just photograph that’ stakes; every plate looks like a work of art and proves that it’s not just style over substance. The chef really knows what we all crave for brunch from chill scrambled eggs and avo to stacked pancakes with caramelised bananas. Even better, they serve a bottomless brunch seven days a week, which in my book means it can be Father’s Day every day of the week.
Don’t miss new kid on the block Accent Café Subiaco
(292 Hay Street). They recently played host to MKR’s Jordan Bruno and mama Anna making tiramisu during the recent Subiaco Coffee Series and are fast becoming a well-loved part of the Subi scene. There’s a distinct Spanish accent present in their menu – with pane tostato (that’s toasted sourdough to you and me), and aguacate y chaminones medley en pan tostado (yup, smashed avo on toast). They’re licensed too - olé!