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Get lucky at the Ball & Chain

Get lucky this St Patrick’s Day at the Ball & Chain Fremantle, Perth. If you’re looking for a place to get a little Irish, look no further. Come down to enjoy: $8 Guinness cans WIN a $100 bar tab if you guess the number of gold coins in the jar! Irish hamper raffle Live band from 8pm

Ray Finkle 'Subiaco' Single Launch w JFK & Heavy Flow

RAY FINKLE - 'SUBIACO' SINGLE LAUNCHw/ J.F.K + Heavy FlowThat's right, Finkle are about to drop a banging NEW SINGLE this March! So we figure, we may as well have a blowout at our favourite venue to celebrate - be rude not to, yeah?The new single, 'Subiaco', is an absolute belter of a tune - it's pretty much Lennon-McCartney drowned in Swan Draught. Keep them eyes peeled for the ridiculous video clip which will dropping with it too.But yeah, back to the party - we are STOKED to have J.F.K. (who are just one big FIRE EMOJI at the moment) and Heavy Flow…

Poolside Sunday Sessions

The Poolside Bar, Fremantle, presents Poolside Sunday Sessions - the best Sunday session in Perth. DJ Al Black and friends will play chilled out beats all afternoon by the pool.  Grab your mates and head down to 14 Essex Street, Fremantle for refreshing cocktails, pitchers, wines and beers served by our Poolside Bar team. Sit by the pool and soak up the sun every Sunday this summer at The Poolside Bar, Fremantle. 


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BC AFL Season

Bounce down for the 2018 AFL Season is 22 March and the Ball & Chain has you covered with all Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles games LIVE on all screens. Watch the AFL live in the heart of Fremantle with great pub grub and bevvies plus if the Dockers or Eagles win we’ll shout 20% off all beverages for the hour after the game*!   *Terms and conditions apply.

The Poolside Happy Hours

Fremantle's happy hour is twice as nice at The Poolside Bar with great offers available from Thursday to Saturday, 1pm-2pm and 6pm-7pm. Drink specials: $7 Pint beer/cider, $5 glass house wine and $5 house spirit. Soak up the sun this summer by the pool for great drink specials. Join us for the only poolside happy hour in Fremantle. 


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A Sunday at Guildhall

Usually a private hire wedding and events venue, Guildhall also love to throw a few events of their own. On the last Sunday of each month, the exclusive venue opens the doors to its beautiful heritage bar for the ultimate Sunday session.  Spend a cosy afternoon drinking cocktails at the heritage bar, hanging out with friends in the hidden courtyard or relax in the lounge with its old world charm. It’s what Sundays were made for. ~ Free entry~ Doors 2pm~ House DJ on the decks~ Food by Propeller (if you find yourself peckish)~ Close to the North Fremantle Train Station


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Bobby Alu 'Move' Tour

Byron Bay based 'tropical ambassador', singer, ukulele strummer and drummer Bobby Alu is back with the single ‘Move’, his first release since 2015’s Bay Sessions EP. Featuring snappy log drum rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian musicians, island-time ukulele and smooth harmonies dressed up in tight equatorial folk stylings, 'Move' is a musical directive. Having dedicated his world-class percussion skills to touring internationally with Xavier Rudd over the past five years, it was time for Bobby Alu to chart its own dedicated course again. Back in the studio this year with long-time producer, collaborator and touring buddy…

Grape to Glass - South by South West @ Percy Flint

South by South West is a spirited small-batch artisan winemaker based in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia formed by Mij and Liv. They craft wines of excellence and difference that combine respect for the land with innovative viticultural practices. Welcoming SXSW is Percy Flints' Boozery & Eatery; South Fremantle's local spot for quality drinks and delicious share plates to keep you going through the night! A place meeting place where everyone feels welcome, comfortable, well fed and watered. The combination of South by South West and Percy Flint will make for an amazing evening so we hope…

Dubarray / Bambuseae & Pimps of Sound

Get ready Fremantle for a massive Thursday night of dance music when Thursday Massive debuts at the Odd Fellow on April 19th with an all star lineup which includes Dubarray (QLD), Bambuseae & Pimps of Sound. This is one thursday night to leave your work head at home and pretend like its the weekend when all 3 bands raise the vibration into a dancing frenzy. The night kicks off at 8 pm and is a $15 cash on the night investment for a stellar lineup of music. Don't miss it.

Ball & Chain

The Ball and Chain is Fremantle's newest old pub and is one of the most important sites in Western Australia - it housed the first 75 convicts arrived in Fremantle on 1 June 1850.  ​In 1896 the building on the site was first used as a Hotel and later became a well-known corner pub ‘Hubbles’ after its owner; a meeting place for the working class of Perth’s Fremantle suburb with boxing tournaments out the back and dock-workers picked up on the veranda who sat on the timber benches still outside today.   Over the years, the Pub has been beautifully restored, highlighting…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program  

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s…

Good nooks

A cosy snug, a wee dram, a good book. Is there a better way to pass a winter’s afternoon in Freo? Here’s our picks. Nook: The Local HotelBook: Fremantle Football, The Origins 1885-1904. By Dr Norman Ashton(New Edition Bookshop) Colloquially known as Helen’s Bar after a former regular, this cosy snug has night cap written all over it: fire place, Chesterfields, plush sofas. If it’s game day, the contest will be on the front bar’s big screen. More reflective moments can be spent in the cloistered surrounds of the Whiskey Bar, cradling a single malt Yamazaki and–if you really can’t…

Guildhall Event Space Bar

Come experience North Fremantle’s brand new event space. Lovingly restored, and artfully designed, this grand heritage building offers the perfect setting to celebrate your wedding, engagement party, birthday, corporate event or anything else you can think up. With three distinct areas – an open bar, intimate lounge and hidden courtyard – Guildhall can accommodate up to 120 guests for a cocktail party, or 50 for a long table feast.  Please contact our dedicated Event Manager to find out more about holding your event function at Guildhall, or check our Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Holy Smokes

Holy Smokes is a small bar styled as an American bbq joint. We smoke everything in house and make our own bbq and chipotle sauces. The menu is designed around smaller plates for sharing as well as the bigger option of ribs, (brisket and pulled pork by the 100g). The bar has its base in rare bourbons and American whiskeys, along with a strong wine and cocktail list for our female patrons. There is Dos Blockos (Melbourne) and Young Henry's natural lager(Sydney) on tap.

Miss Chats

Miss Chatelaine, adventurer and publican. Legend has it Miss Chatelaine was a well-heeled adventuress with a fondness for trinket collecting. After discovering ‘a darling little gin distillery’, ‘wickedly good cocktail’, ‘passionate brewer’ or ‘most charming winemaker’ she would bring her finds back to Fremantle, to share with her band of fellow bohemians. Over exotic dishes of fantastical flavours, she’d regale them with risqué stories about her trysts and escapades. Eventually her salons became so popular, she opened her own establishment, decorated with ephemera from her travels.

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Small bars and wine bars

You don’t have to go to one of the larger Fremantle pubs to enjoy a drink in Freo, there are lots of little bars and wine bars oozing character and charm. Sample a fine wine, a boutique beer or a delicious cocktail. Many of the bars also serve tapa’s style food and small bites. The perfect way to relax if you’ve been to some of the busy Fremantle tourist attractions or Fremantle shops.