The Saturday that just went past, was one of those scorching weekends, but I tried to find the coolest thing - (apart from just a bikini) to wear to Frisk to meet the manager Will Holland and his gang of passionate and friendly bartenders.
This is awkward photo but it'd do.. I love that country road dress it's just so comfy
Really into accessorising at the moment..
We started a bar tab, ordered some of their nibbles and made ourselves comfortable at one of the empty seats. One thing I love about Frisk is that it is chilled, relaxed and has this awesome soundtrack playing in the background. They are also very serious about their liqour. Their specialty being GIN. 187 bottles of GIN lined up behind the bar, locked up in a vintage cabinet and behind closed doors. 187 - making it the LARGEST COLLECTION OF GIN THE WORLD (in little ole Perth that's pretty impressive!) - now they just have to hold onto it for 6 months and they will be in the Guinness Book of Records. But seriously even if you are not a huge lover of gin (which I'm not) - have a go - because surprisingly there is one or two or few out of the 187 that you will like (which I ended up liking!).
This is just a fraction of the shelves behind the bar.. my portrait lens just can't get the shot to fit all the bottles in.. but trust me it's pretty impressive
But if you are not for trying something new there is always the rum, scotch, and a pretty decent selection of ciders of all sorts (yay! and so rare these days to find a decent selection in Perth) and of course beer. And if you want to take a break from the drinking (which I'll be surprised you will) there is always their coffee made with love. Or better yet why not the double espresso martini. Best of both worlds really.
Fog City Pear cider... so refreshingly cool and just the right amount of sweetness for a hot summer's day.
Then my favourite - fresh strawberries dipped in dark chocolate with cream (sad that the cream isn't homemade whipped cream but at least it was quality cream). YUMMO.
Truth be told, those nibbles are literally to nibble as you catch up with friends/coworkers/family etc.. There is no real big items on the food menu, because this place isn't for that, it's just great snack food. However, the best bit about this place is that Will encourages people to bring pizza, burgers etc. from other restaurants to eat at Frisk down with their 187 choices of Gin with tonic or yet a Martini (stirred never shaken according to the man!). And why wouldn't you do that when you have an array of gin, scotch, rum, beer and ciders to chose from.
And if you are lucky you can try Tuan's blue/green concoction with chilli mixed in Gin Mare (beautiful gin distilled in thyme, rosemary and basil) and of course tonic. Why not attempt to name it. We suggested Garden of Eden (with all those plants based things - chill, thyme, rosemary, basil...) but I don't think he was too impressed, pretty sure he thought it was a little too girly, or perhaps Devil's Advocate? I think at this stage it's still up in the air.
Tuan is such a happy chap! haha
Will also made me this lovely gin based cocktail called Aphrodite's Martini - splash of vermouth, splash of Aphrodite's bitters, and Isfjord Gin topped with orange peel. It was lovely smooth with hints of fruit bitters throughout it. Makes you feel all sophisticated and grown up drinking it.
The look of concentration on his face is still there after the cocktail is prepared - Dedication right there ^_^
Frisk Small Bar is just one of those great additions to Perth's growing small bar scene, but with a bit of difference. It's relaxed, it's chilled, it's cosy, it's really passionate about concocting their own drink mixes that work and just really into serving up the best possible cocktails AND coffee possible. It's somewhere you could easily spend a few hours having Sunday or Saturday seshes, without having to raise your voice about the noise.