The Dominion League
The Dominion League
84 Beaufort Street, Perth
The Dominion League houses both a street level and basement bar in an old United Friendlies Society building on the eastern side of Perth’s Cultural Centre and celebrates good drinks and good food.
When did you open the doors to The Dominion League?
Late October 2014
Who is involved?
Hamish Fleming and Siobhan Blumann (owners)
What inspired you to open your venue?
We purchased an iconic existing business housed in a fantastic old building which just needed some love and a new concept
What is your venue known for?
The carpet in the basement, Mitch’s astonishing back bar, and a great space to hang out in.
What is the best thing about your venue?
The surprise of the basement bar
Who designed your venue?
Patrick Miller from Finespun Architecture, Gabrielle Scott and Siobhan Blumann for interiors
How important has the quality of design been to establishing the identity/ atmosphere of your Venue?
Design is important but we can’t claim too much as we were lucky enough to inherit the use of a historical building that brought with it classically high ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and great bones. The only structural work we undertook, with support from the City of Perth, was to redo the shop front (which was not original) in order to open up to the street more.
Perth is seen as an emerging city, especially in recent years with an increase in more interesting bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops – do you feel like there are more opportunities in WA right now?
The ability to source interesting real estate is a challenge in Perth but with landlords realizing the disused building at the rear is a desirable space hopefully we will continue to see Perth push the boundaries on new and interesting hospitality and retail spaces. We do need to create our own identity though and not fall into the trap of trying to be just like Melbourne!
What do you think makes living and working in Western Australia special?
The isolation is seen as a curse but is also a blessing as it gives the space for one to give something a go.
Where is your favourite hometown spot?
What are your favourite local buildings?
State Theatre, Iwan Iwanoff homes
What should we expect to see from you in the future?
Finishing off another hospitality project in the former North Fremantle Town Hall – obviously in North Fremantle!
Beer, wine or cocktail?
Would it be greedy to say all three?