Wednesday, 12 February 2014

#AHAWAchallenge - Bar Lafayette, Andaluz & Laneway Lounge - 5-7/31

After work on a Friday in January, I gathered 10 other bloggers and drinkers to the #AHAWAchallenge Bar Crawl. This was the third #AHAWAchallenge and like the last time, I was able to schedule a few venues in one outing.

We started the evening at winner of Best Small Bar venue Bar Lafayette, before making our way to the AHA Rising Star Award winner, Andaluz Bar and finishing up at Best Themed Venue winner, Laneway Lounge.


(Side note: It has taken me weeks to write this post because the notes I wrote during the night on my phone got deleted by accident. It would have made more sense for me to write straight away while the memory was still fresh but I was in such a foul mood about my lost notes that I sulked and refused...) 


The kind people at Bar Lafayette allowed me to book a space which they don't usually do. We were very appreciative as the venue was busy and at capacity at certain points during the night. Despite being busy and having new staff working, Brendon (who I had been emailing with) took the time to have a chat with us about the venue and drinks.


The dark wood, Chesterfield and velvet lounges give Lafayette a sexy old word charm ambiance, so I was delighted when the drink I selected was served in a martini glass. (Too bad I left my pincurled hair and satin dress at home!). 

Watermelon Millionaire ____________________________________ $19
Fresh watermelon and lime juice shaken with Havana 3 Años rum, homemade
grenadine, Apricot liqueur and Hayman’s Sloe Gin. Served up.


Watermelon Millionaire ____________________________________ $19
Fresh watermelon and lime juice shaken with Havana 3 Años rum, homemade
grenadine, Apricot liqueur and Hayman’s Sloe Gin. Served up.



Mary Pickford_____________________________________________ $19
Fresh lime and pineapple, home made grenadine and a dash of Maraschino,
shaken frozen with Havana Club 3 anos rum and carbon dioxide. Served up.


That Hot Summer’s Love Story___________________________________ $21
Fresh strawberry, ginger and orange powered with Beefeater 24 Gin and balanced
with lemon and orgeat syrup. Pre-batched and chilled. Served on the rocks.

That Hot Summer’s Love Story___________________________________ $21
Fresh strawberry, ginger and orange powered with Beefeater 24 Gin and balanced
with lemon and orgeat syrup. Pre-batched and chilled. Served on the rocks.





 Ruby The Second (Armagnac, lime, morello cherries, in-house made grenadine and lots of love). I love sugar rimmed glasses.

After a few rounds of exceptional cocktails, we headed to our next venue. Unfortunately Andaluz would not entertain the idea of allowing us to book a seated area, so at about 7.15pm 11 people turned up to the small bar hoping to sit together. After milling around for a while, staff were able to find a spot for us to squeeze into. The staff seemed a little frazzled to begin with and we got the impression our large group was an annoying inconvenience. To be honest, I'm not sure I would visit with such a large group on a Friday evening (the busiest night for city bars) again. Small busy bars aren't really the place for large groups who would like a seat, drink and food.




Fried buttermilk chicken wings, pimento hot sauce, smoked salt & lime 15

Grilled flat bread, marinated labna 9

I'm not sure if the menu has changed (this has been copied and pasted from the current menu available on the website) but if I knew that it was meant to be flat bread, I would probably have been disappointed to have received Turkish bread.

Hiramasa kingfish ceviche, orange, salmorejo 18
The ceviche was my favourite dish of the evening. It was a lovely firm fish with delicious flavours. (I could've licked the plate it was that good but because I was in public, I refrained.) :)


Our night got better when the gentleman who was sitting at our table before us and was shuffled along to a smaller table by staff gifted a bottle of wine for us to enjoy. It turns out he was the GM Mandoon Estate the Caversham/Swan Valley region. I had the smallest of sips because I'm not much of a red wine drinker (I get 'Asian red face'). I'm not sure if it was good, but looking at their website, they've won many awards for their wines, in particular their red varieties. When I went to thank him, I learnt that Mandoon Estate were building a microbrewery with casual dining, an ala carte restaurant, a function centre, outdoor bar with gourmet deli and a new cellar door which would make them the most complete single site venue hospitality venue in WA.

(PS - anyone want to visit when they open?) 











Our final stop was Laneway Lounge on Murray Street. It's a newer bar that I hadn't heard of but when I mentioned it, everyone else in my world had heard about it or visited. When I approached Laneway Lounge about the event, they were only too happy to host us. When we arrived (20 minutes late!) we were able to skip the line before being escorted to a cabana booth area.  The booth areas usually require a minimum spend of $600.



Upon arrival, we were given a complimentary Laneway Volcano Punch dark rum + fresh apricot + passion fruit + bitters & fresh pressed pineapple juice = served long & smokin`. The punch was delicious and one of those drinks that you can knock back with ease and not realise how much you're drinking. The smoke was fun and such a novelty!


I ordered a drink that I can't identify off the Laneway Lounge menu but it bubbled and fizzed like a science experiment gone wrong.


Laneway Lounge are open Tuesday to Saturday nights and have live jazz music in the back area. They describe themselves as "piece of New Orleans and Old Paris transported to the heart of Perth" and are spot on.There was an feeling of opulence without being pretentious.  It was really busy the evening we went and really loud - I couldn't hear the music from the booth area, but perhaps you are able to on a quieter night.

Having just eaten, I felt a sense of disappointment as I scanned the menu because it looked SO GOOD and I was full! The menu offers 'Love Bites' (fancy bar snacks) 'Something Small' (tapas/entree dishes), 'Something Bigger' (dinner meals) and 'Sweet Things' (dessert). I'd like to return on a quieter evening for food and drinks for sure! 



The evening ended around midnight and by this stage, I was well fed, very well watered (with cocktails) and ready for bed.

A big thank you to the three venues - awards well deserved! I can't wait to return!


Disclaimer: While this is not a sponsored post/event, we did receive special treatment at some of the venues.

Bar Lafayette on Urbanspoon

Andaluz Bar & Tapas on Urbanspoon

The Laneway Lounge on Urbanspoon

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1 comment:

  1. Nicely put Pia. Thanks for organising the barhop! Look forward to the next one!

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