80's Pop and Sherry Cocktails
The Flour Factory always had an allure that drew me in. Seeing the Kate & Abel pop up sign in the window reminded me that this was a venue of home-grown WA talent and skill. The Flour Factory is where Perth, culture and food intersect. Accordingly, We Are Not Models was thrilled to be invited to the launch party for The Sherry, a rooftop bar found in the comfort of The Flour Factory.
Andy Freeman and Sam Astbury, the visionaries behind The Sherry, always create magic. This is exemplified with venues such as Varnish, Luxe Bar and my personal favourite – The Darlings Supper Club. Freeman and Astbury’s projects are becoming household names, having recently made it into the Australian Gourmet Traveller list for Perth’s Best New Restaurants 2014. They are driven to expand dining options for the people of Perth and make them fall in love with not only their love for food and drink but also fall in love with everything else Perth has to offer. The Sherry is no different.
I wasn’t too surprised when I walked into the bar to be showered with incredible sherry based cocktails and stunning charcuterie boards. To get inside, I walked through The Flour factory, resisting the urge to grab a table, and darted down the aisle to climb the staircase on my right. As I walked inside, the vibe I got was a chilled out, low-key kind of cool. With minimal décor in this dimly-lit space, all the light came from the glowing neon sign ‘The Sherry’ right above the bar, a subtle indication that the drinks here are their specialty.
Freeman and Astbury gave a welcome speech, addressing the crowd of excited locals ready to hear what they had to say about this beautiful Queen St adventure. Their vision is clear and a lot of effort has gone into the details. Their sherry cocktails menu has been delicately curated for a more complex palate and the homemade vermouth will be their irresistible aromatic drawcard.
I anticipate that people will cling to the cocktails while the homemade vermouth will allow a wine lover like me to switch things up. Hearing Ride like the Wind by Christopher Cross play over the speakers in the Sherry while I drank my cocktail topped off my night. I've now been left with a shell of a body waiting to return to the sounds of 80s pop and sherry cocktails.