The temperature is getting warmer, and the sun is making more extended appearances. All we need now is a cocktail in hand and a breezy beachside spot to settle in for the long summer days.
Enter West: the brand new rooftop bar in Henley Beach.
Opening on September 6, the 70-seat venue takes its design cues from some of the older Henley houses, with an art deco feel. An island bar with a giant timber bar top is the focal point, with plenty more timber throughout which is broken up with pops of brass and cosy green banquettes.
Giant bi-fold doors completely open up one side of the bar, and a blue slate floor sweeps across the entire venue, creating an outdoor feel no matter where you manage to grab a spot.
It’s the third venue stacked at Henley Beach for Simon Karachi, with SeaSalt on the ground level, and Melt Henley Beach in the middle (he’s also behind other venues including Osteria Oggi, The Pot).
Managing partner Ollie Margran, who is perhaps best known for his cocktails at Maybe Mae, says the venue will focus on fun drinks that don’t take themselves too seriously.
“Beachside drinking lends itself to cocktails – there’s that holiday aesthetic to it,” he says.
“We’ve done a bunch of riffs on kitsch beachy holiday cocktails where we’ve taken out the bits that make them not so great and replaced them with fresh ingredients and then just brighten them up.
“And we’ll keep things light and breezy across the board, so whether that’s wine, with aromatic whites and light, fresh reds, a lot of rose, a lot of fizz, and crisp beers.”
They’re going light on the snacks – it’s far from difficult to find a good meal in the building already – and instead they have a short ‘sando’ menu. Inspired by the Japanese sandwiches, they’ll be served on white bread with crusts cut off, sliced down the middle, with fillings including baloney, curry crab, chicken with white pepper and chives, prawn cocktail and a vegetarian option.
West will be open until late seven days – Mon to Thurs from 4pm, Fri and Sat from noon, and Sunday from 10am.