A new year, another new beginning, and as Subi look forward to 2022, there’s bound to be more optimism than ever before. Travel? No travel? Whatever. There’s plenty to be excited about right here on the 6008 doorstep. To get you started on a positive note, here’s our top ten things to do in the year ahead. You can add your own to enrich, challenge and spread your horizons. By Gail Williams.
Learn to cook like a real chef
Caleb owner, Caleb Azuka, has worked with Michelin star chefs all over the world and opens up his restaurant kitchen every Tuesday night to share his cheffy secrets with those who want to give their home entertaining an extra professional edge.
Classes include a three-course meal for $120 and a glass of Margaret River bubbles on arrival. That’s what we call classy!
Speak like an Italian (or Spaniard or French person for that matter)
You may not be able to travel to Rome yet but there’s nothing to stop you speaking like you live an olive pip’s throw from the Spanish Steps.
Liliana Aguirre of the Multicultural Language Centre is just the person to take you through the paces of Italian, Spanish or French while you converse with a whole new bunch of like-minded mates. Classes for all levels. Bravo!
Multicultural Language Centre,
Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who are you to dis a brie?
Cabernet sauvignon and Cheddar go together like … well.. like Simon Johnson and Cherubino City Cellar! Learn the ultimate marrige of wine and cheese every Saturday in free tastings from 10am to 1pm at Cherubino City Cellar. No bookings are required but be warned, these sessions are an addictive weekend ritual for those who enjoy discovering the perfect cheesy bedfellow for their wines.
Cherubino City Cellar
Sing your heart out with Australia’s number one Barbershop Harmony Chorus
It’s a well kept secret that Subiaco is home to The Baden Street Singers, who turn into singing nightingales every Thursday night at the Shenton Park Community Centre. Go along for an audition and you might just find yourself performing with them at Boola Bardip WA Museum in an acapella performance in 2022.
The Baden Street Singer
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Get the moves like Swayze (or even Jagger)
Swing your hips like nobody's watching. Whatever beat floats your boat, you're likely to find your own rhythm in Cuban Salsa, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing or Mambo at Perth’s longest running Latin dance studio, Juan Rando’s Dance Academy. Yes, it takes two to tango but solo shimmy-ers are most welcome to all classes which run most week nights.
Juan Rando’s Dance Academy
Grow some boules - and play petanque
Wednesdays and Saturdays are big days in Subiaco’s petanque community as members gather underneath the fluttering Aussie flag at The Palms. They’ve been doing it for 25 years and invite newcomers to join them over an hour or two discussing the difference between petanque and boules. Whatever the outcome, petanque and its devotees are the winners.
Subiaco Petanque Club Incorporated,
Take up Design 101 and decorate a room in 10 easy steps
Pick a room, any room. And give it – and your 2022 – a fresh new take on life. It’s amazing what a lick of paint can do for optimism. Of course you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions before you begin like What is My Budget? What is my colour palette? Where do I begin? Help is at hand with Heather and Cecil Levi of Heather Levi Interiors. They’ve been in the business for 25 years and have all the answers to those questions on window treatments, wallpaper, flooring, lighting and furniture. And a newcomer to a little further up the road on Hay Street is a dreamy new furniture showroom - Villa Kula. Owners Karl and Vanessa have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the design zeitgeist and can help transform your living spaces into something akin to the pages of a design magazine.
Heather Levi Interior
Show someone your etchings
It’s not quite absinthe but the creative juices start flowing with a complimentary wine at the Evenings Of Life Drawing classes on Wednesday nights in Subi’s left bank. Left Bank? That’s shorthand for the Corner Gallery where a $25 entry fee will get you a front row seat for sketching the models.
And for a painting experience you’ll never forget, join 4 Sistas in a Sip & Paint class where $75 will see you turn out your own masterpiece with one hand while you sip bubbles with the other. Starry starry night, here we come.
Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm sharp start.
The Corner Gallery
4 Sistas Sip & Paint
Take a Vintage Walk Down Fashion Memory Lane
Discover a treasure that someone’s grandmother may have worn and give it new life as you rescue it from infill. Subiaco is a vintage lover’s paradise with an op shop at every turn. Good Sammy’s is a good start to begin your fossick for discarded fashion gold and so is Salvo’s. But don’t forget Lucy in Disguise and – for something more upmarket – The Secret Closet, Kubank Designs and Amia. Happy hunting!
Good Sammy Subiaco Op Shop
Lucy In Disguise
Discover why breakfast is Everything in Subi
All happiness depends upon a leisurely breakfast which is why you’ll often see Subi residents wearing a smile from ear to ear. They’re spoilt for choice with options ranging from the sublime – the rooftop at Storehouse or the ever-creative menu at 1982 Food + Coffee – to the totally ridiculous at the Subi Farmers Markets where an authentic shakshuka cooked before your eyes will put extra zing in your Saturday. Enjoy the poochy interaction while downing a long black from the Coffee Shack with an ever-rotating selection of live music. The bratwurst in a bun stall does a roaring trade, while it's impossible to resist a French fancy or two from Louis Bloeglin. Or try a bottomless brunch at Mimosa or (no alcohol) 1982 Food and Coffee.
Storehouse at Vibe Hotel Subiaco
Subi Farmers Market
1982 Food and Coffee