Swallow Bar – the friendliest bar in Perth

Thursday night is burger boy and I’s “date” night, it’s the night before burger boy starts his working week so we always head out – the other week we went to check out the new bar in Maylands, Swallow. It was described to us by burger boy’s bro @gypsyciderkid as being very similar to Gerald Bar in Melbourne and he was absolutely right. It’s a tight venue, no more than 3 metre wide but it goes right out to the back. There’s 1 bar, booth seating and not an inch of space is wasted.

Swallow Bar

We were keen to have dinner but the stools that were available by the kitchen gave us very little bench space (see below, just enough space for a beer & my tiny bag):

Enjoying a quiet beer at Swallow Bar

I was absolutely starving so burger boy winged it and ordered us corn beef croquettes to share and a beef bourguignon each.

Swallow Bar - outdoor kitchen & seating

The corn beef croquettes were really tasty, the beef just fell apart in the same way my signature pull pork does and the beef was nicely balanced with the sweetness of the corn…

Corn Beef Croquettes at Swallow Bar

Just before our beef bourguignon arrived, some diners were leaving and offered us their premium table :) it was very nice that they had noticed we were in desperate search for a table. Throughout our time at Swallow Bar we noticed that as new people arrived, everyone already there including ourselves would offer spare seats / invite others to join their table. Something that I don’t ever see in Perth…maybe it was the tight space, maybe it was the no booking policy but whatever it was everyone was super friendly.

Our premium table…

Swallow Bar - outdoor seating

The burgionon beef cheeks was hearty and delicious, it was like the osso bucco dish I used to cook (since opening Crust, home cooking has been less frequent and when I do have time it’s quick easy recipes).

The beef cheeks were super tender, the meat just fell apart and the perfectly cooked vegetables soaked up all the flavours of the stew.

Beef bourguignon at Swallow Bar

Swallow Bar is well worth a look, I go as far as saying it’s the friendliest bar in Perth. It’s a goer for a hearty meal, a drink or two and the company / ambience.

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 


  4 comments for “Swallow Bar – the friendliest bar in Perth

  1. September 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    We tried some beef cheeks at Duende this weekend…if cooked right this cheapo cut of meat can really turn into a taste sensation hey?
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  2. September 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    It really makes a difference to the experience when fellow diners are friendly, especially in close confines. Also helps substantially when they practice good hygiene 😉
    Conor @ Hold the Beef recently posted..North Perth Seafood Chowder

    • September 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      hehe Conor, I didn’t even think about the hygiene levels but now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m glad everyone around us were great :)

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