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Fremantle Undergoing Hospitality Renaissance Ahead of Dreamtime 2019

November 27, 2019 Visit South Pacific No Comments Email Email

As the next wave of Fremantle’s uber chic hospitality venues prepare to open in late 2019 and early 2020–the coastal city is set to transform Western Australia’s hospitality scene.

There is a level of optimism and activity not seen since the America’s Cup Defence in 1987 or even prior to that when, in the late 19th century, Fremantle was the main trading port for the Western Australian gold fields.

There is an unprecedented level of sophistication in these new offerings–where historic spaces and buildings are converted and repurposed for the 21st century in a way that retains the character and patina of the 19th century.

There is a sense of fervour and rediscovery of Fremantle as a city of heritage, culture, spirit and soul, a renaissance if you like. The early 21st century in Fremantle will be regarded as a period of renaissance for the coastal city.

An Old Artillery Drill Hall now owned by the National Trust is converted to a multipurpose venue with an onsite microbrewery, entertainment hall and interesting breakout spaces.

A gin distillery housed in a 19th century warehouse stake their claim as one of the few gin distilleries in the world to craft their spirit from scratch and with wines sourced from premium Western Australian vineyards.

A grand federation Australian hotel defies the odds of murder, mystery and fires to grace the entrance to Western Australia’s largest heritage precinct, offering luxury accommodation and opening the city’s first rooftop bar to showcase 360 degree views over the city and across to Rottnest Island.

A Jewish Synagogue reopens its doors at the top of the iconic Cappuccino Strip, complete with beer garden, with four individual venues to soak in the best of Fremantle’s incredible coastline.

Republic of Fremantle | opening autumn 2020

The Republic of Fremantle is an urban distillery in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End. They are one of the few distilleries in the world who craft their spirit from scratch, from grape to glass. Sourcing wines from Western Australian vineyards, the character of the grapes is carried through to their finished spirit. The still was custom-built in Germany and distills the alcohol to a very high purity (96% ABV). Master Distiller Oliver Kitson infuses the spirit with local botanicals to create the range of gins. From zesty citrus to red fruits, aromatic and full bodied gins are inspired by the unique flavour profiles of WA wines.

3 Pakenham Street Fremantle, WA 6100

The Old Synagogue | opening November 2019

A new entrance to Fremantle’s iconic Cappuccino Strip has opened its doors in November. The venue realises a long awaited conversion of The Old Synagogue, on the corner of South Terrace and Parry Street, into a new restaurant and hospitality venue. It features four different offerings on the one site–with a restaurant, multi-level beer garden including a rooftop deck, basement cocktail bar and a casual front bar. While the 117-year-old building operated as a synagogue for only eight years, The Old Synagogue was the first synagogue built in Western Australia and is on the State Register of Heritage Places.

T 0422 556 517


Freo.Social is housed within the beautifully restored National Trust Drill Hall building on Parry Street. Located in the heart of Fremantle’s heritage precinct that also incorporates Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Markets and the Warders Cottages, Freo.Social is an ambitious, multi-faceted venue being managed by Triple-1-Three, the team behind Otherside Brewing Co. This new venue reopened in March 2019 after extensive renovations and now includes an onsite microbrewery, 550 person capacity entertainment hall with impressive in-house AV set up, breakout spaces and beer gardens. The 120 year old heritage building has been redeveloped to highlight the history and architecture of the space and offer a state-of-the-art experience for event organisers.

Parry Street Fremantle
T +61 8 9335 9335
W freosocial

National Hotel Fremantle Rooftop Bar

The National Hotel is an iconic, federation heritage building in the heart of Fremantle. The City’s first rooftop bar and function space offering 360 degree views of the port city and out over the Indian Ocean to Rottnest Island opened late 2018. A vintage style restaurant and function space on the second floor features wrap around verandas, suitable for small or large groups. A ground floor provides access to a busy public bar with al fresco area. Its location marks the gateway to the historic West End, one of the best preserved Victorian streetscapes in the world.

98 High Street Fremantle
T +61 8 9335 6688

Visit Fremantle will be representing these new hospitality venues at Tourism Australia’s Dreamtime event to be held in Perth from 2-3 December 2019. Fremantle is host to a large range of other unique event venues catering for small groups and bespoke experiences right through to large conferences and corporate events. More information on these unique and character-filled venues can be found at

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