Dine on the Shoreline

Nestled in the Port Beach sand dunes sits Perth’s latest venue, COAST. This new seaside tavern came to life in spectacular style in under five months. Clare Ryan writes.

From the salty breeze that drifts through the open-air courtyard, to the relaxed balcony that is perched on the sand, COAST is the epitome of Western Australia’s renowned coastline.

The site, previously home to restaurant Salt on the Beach, was over-due for a complete overhaul after servicing patrons for over 20 years. COAST owner Ian Hutchinson says the existing layout and overall fit of Salt on the Beach, was never going to “cut it” for the new tavern.

“Salt on the Beach had reached the end of its useful building life,” says Ian. “The deterioration of the structure was beyond repair, due to the harsh environment of being right on the beach.”

The new multi-million-dollar project took three years to plan and be approved, with the actual demolition and build only taking five months to complete.

“That takes into account the original builder going broke on day one, so Devlyn ended up building the new building in record time,” says Ian. “The layout of the new venue really pays homage to the coast’s natural beauty, I would say that practically every single seat in the venue has a view of the ocean – I think we are close to being the only venue in Perth that can offer that.”

Spread throughout the 2000sqm tavern, which comfortably caters for 650 people (1200 for events), are multiple bars, standing areas and seated lunch and dinning levels.

The interior of COAST was brought to life by designer David Smith of United Studio.

“The Perth office of303 Mullenlowe (who were the branding agency) invited me to implement the brand and bring it life by incorporating graphic elements and colours into the new interiors,” says David Smith. “We looked at everything from the joinery to the flooring and considered what materials would reference the brand.”

The final result is a smorgasbord of natural materials. Natural concrete flooring is featured throughout, with timber, plywood and oak keeping the space light and bright.

White dominates the colour palette, with hints of blue adding dimension to the space and referencing the relaxed location.

“It offers a true beach club style venue for the first time in Perth, not a restaurant or pub or club, but a combination of all three in a relaxed beach club style,” says Ian. “It’s great for the people who come in for lunch after a swim at the beach (provided they are wearing footwear), but it’s also a perfect night out for young adults looking to dress up and have a drink.”

COAST Port Beach

Photography courtesy of COAST.

Words by Clare Ryan.