The New Sweetheart: Sweetwater Rooftop Bar

Discover the stylish new rooftop bar that is turning heads for all the right reasons. Clare Ryan writes.

With views of the Swan River, some of the best cocktails in town and a striking decor that could be mistaken as a Los Angeles bar, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar is a revitalising addition to the eclectic East Fremantle hospitality scene.

Perched high in the new Richmond Quarter development, the 87 million-dollar joint venture between Russell Quinn and Australian Finance Group Ltd, the venue boasts views of the Indian Ocean, Swan River and Fremantle Port – the new prime position for Perth’s iconic sunsets.

Since its opening in July, the new 300-seat bar and its modern Asian inspired menu (where shared plates are encouraged) has attracted not only local residents, but a mixed crowd from all areas of Perth, something owner and local resident Russell Quinn is proud of.

“I knew there were a lot of people like myself in the area, that really wanted a quality venue that was stylish and edgy, without feeling posh or imposing,” says owner Russell Quinn. “I always saw modern Asian food was the catalyst to start the story, as it’s meant to be shared and sets the scene for the relaxed atmosphere.”

The rooftop venue pays homage to the history of East Fremantle, with a license dating back to the 1900s from the old Royal George Hotel and a site that was previously occupied by the old Richmond Theatre.

“During the planning process for Richmond Quarter, we found that exactly where we were proposing the buildings, was where the old Richmond Theatre & Gardens was trading until the mid 1950’s,” says Quinn. “We understood it was a popular meeting place for locals, so I think that the history and the story planted the seed, to bring it back in a contemporary way – on the roof.”

As well as hosting the new East Fremantle bar and restaurant, the development features a boutique apartment hotel that is managed by the Seashells Hospitality Group.

The interiors of the hotel and bar were executed by renowned Perth stylist Renee Coleman, who describes the colour palette of Sweetwater Rooftop Bar as embodying a bohemian style with modern touches.

“The inspiration was from the suburb of Fremantle,” says Coleman. “I wanted to create a relaxed vibe to suit the elite crowd and the older crowd and I wanted an avant-garde bohemian theme.”

Dramatic Burlington ivory and grey tiles (150×900) by Italian brand 41 Zero 42 from Myaree Ceramics, complement the curated collection of chic furniture and bohemian luxe soft furnishings. During sunset the venue sparkles with hints of gold metallic throughout.

Renee sourced items from around the world as well as from local store Empire Homewares and The Collector Design.

Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
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Words by Clare Ryan.