Soul food (and wine) on Subi’s streets
Shakespeare knew what he was talking about when he said ‘if music be the food of love, play on’. The twin passions of music and food are particularly compatible, and if you’re keen to indulge both, you’re in luck over the next few weeks. The Subi Lounge Series
, taking place at multiple venues from September 24 to October 3, gives you the perfect excuse to drink, dine and dance the night away.
Here are some suggestions for places to feed the soul before or after enjoying one of the eclectic performances set to ignite Subi over two incredible weeks.
Kick off your Subi Lounge Experience on September 24 (or October 3) with a street-based fiesta courtesy of Subi’s famous veggie siblings, the Zucchini Brothers. If their bossa nova vibes, rousing folk songs and raucous tarantellas make you hungry for some food from the continent which brought us the tango, head to Lapa. Choose from 16 cuts of meat on the a la carte menu or go full Rio de Janiero with their authentic ‘Rodizio’ endless Brazillian feast. The rotisserie pumps out the kind of tender cuts cowboys (and gals) love, carved expertly by passadores (meat waiters). Vamos!
If something altogether more Gallic is your thing, head to Bistro Felix on September 24 and October 1 and catch Fiona Rea and Lachlan Gear weaving their magic. The outstanding vocalist and virtuoso jazz guitarist provide the perfect sophisticated soundtrack to Bistro Felix’s wine list and modern Euro menu. It’s the perfect spot too for a pre-Lounge series aperitif; just pull up a chair, order a cold glass of flinty Champagne and plan your musical adventures for the night ahead. Top tip: don’t miss the gypsy swing street maestros Major Swing Project who’ll be warming up concert-goers at the Railway Station on September 24.
It’s appropriate that Village Bar is hosting the Steve Hensby Band on September 24. The band plays a kind of smorgasbord of musical tastes: funk, soul, ska, world with a cheeky dose of psychedelic, and similarly the Village Bar has a ‘something for everybody’ approach. They’ve recently launched pizza nights (not your soggy-bottomed mass-produced doughy discs here). Think crispy, scorched-edged, proper Italian slices of perfection, if you please. If you’re here on any given day, there’s always at least 15 beers on tap to choose from and 20 wines by the glass, and with comfy velvet couches and nooks to enjoy a private convo, steak sandwich or bowl of pasta, you’ll feel like one of the Village people straight away.
Dubbed ‘your local water hole in the wall’, Bark may be bijoux but its big personality more than compensates for the lack of floor space. Their OG signature cocktail – The Pav – packs a punch with Old Young’s Distillery Pavlova vodka, Turkish Delight liqueur and a zesty zing of passionfruit pulp. We’d say that’s the perfect accompaniment to some seductive gypsy swing courtesy of Major Swing Project (September 26) with accordionist Nikki Dagostino tickling the ivory. Later in the week, dial the mood down to something more poetic from Nika Mo and Jacob Wylde, two of Perth’s leading indie folk artists on September 30. Expect to share stories with fellow Lounge Series fans as they tuck into the bar’s famous jaffles, cheese board or pizza from next door’s Crust Pizza.
We’re big B-lievers in the three Bs: burgers, brews and blues, and for one night only you’ll find this trio at Jus Burgers on September 26. Lez Karski is joined by an early producer of Midnight Oil music and ex-guitarist of the Hippos/Bondi Cigars to create some of the most masterful blues this side of the Mississippi. It helps that the burgers will be coming thick and fast on the pass, matched plate for plate with craft beers. Jus Burgers is the perfect place to refuel during a street-based wander during the Lounge Series; those hand-crafted burgers and buns will keep you going as you encounter live acts on the laneways like The Double D’s or the World Music Street Party on October 3.
We’re 100% into dilly dallying if it means we can catch some authentic gypsy jazz courtesy of the Electric Django Quintet. On October 3, this extraordinarily talented collective featuring Lachlan Gear (guitar), Adrian Galante (clarinet), Harry Mitchell (piano) and Daniel Susnjar (drums) turn the atmosphere up to sensational at Dilly Dally from 4.30pm. Head chef Peter Hajdu presides over a mostly Italian-inspired menu which is big on heart and long on fun. Feast on share plates, pizzas (the mushroom, Tallegio and pickled shallots one is *kisses fingers*) and for non-drinkers there’s a particularly imaginative list to choose from thanks to Strangelove Sodas. For those after something stronger, we suggest embracing your inner Roman and ordering an Aperol Spritz before venturing out and experiencing the streets of Subi coming alive to the sound of music.
If you’re intent on continuing your adventures in Italia, don’t miss Lulu La Delizia. Take in the jazz and live art at Corner Gallery on October 2 with the GoofTroop Trio while live art by Lucia Tennant is projected on the gallery’s walls, then head to Lulu’s for a taste of Casarasa della Delizia in the north east of Italy. Matching the works of art you’ve seen on Corner Gallery’s walls for foodie art on the plate, you’ll feast on Abrolhos Island scallops with candied pancetta and dragoncello, or comforting ricotta gnocchi, bloody good anchovies in aceto and – of course – tiramisu – just the way mama makes it. It’s an award-winning feed for good reason – but also the kind of place where a fiesta’s never far away.
Another small but mighty venue will play its part in the Lounge Series with some vintage jump blues, jivin’ jazz and retro swing. Miss Peta Lee joins the Vibrolators at Refuge Small Bar on October 3 from 4pm, turning back time to the 1950s and 60s with some sensational swing music. If you’re looking for the chance to dress up to the nines, this would be the perfect opportunity to dig out some cool cat shades, slick back your hair and pull on those blue suede shoes. Refuge will keep their side of the bargain with some banging boards packed with charcuterie and cheese from around the world, an eclectic wine list and beer designed to keep your tastebuds dancing.
Want to find out more about the Subi Lounge Series?