Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Eat The Street Walking Tours

Despite the crazy weather on Saturday, hubby and I still brave the scorching 40 degree heat and joined Jacqueline on a free walking tour around Northbridge. 

Eat Street Walking Tours is owned and operated by a local couple Jacqueline and her partner, Mark. The tours started about three months ago focusing on Subiaco Art & Eats Walking Tours and Brunch on Beaufort Street. The tour is for everyone - whether you're a local (like myself), new to town or you're just a foodie that's keen to check out the local food scene and see what's new in the neighbourhood.

We met at 258 William Street, Northbridge for the 11am tour. The tour as part of the On William's Streetside brings us behind the scenes of both old and new establishments. The tour includes some food and drink samples, with the option to purchase more (at a discounted price) if we want to.
Street artist at work
After the brief introduction about who Eat Street Walking Tours are and which areas they serviced, we walk towards our first destination - The Brass Monkey.
We got introduced to Jeremy, the Duty Manager who gave us a tour on the Brass Monkey and talked to us about the hotel's origin.
View of the city from one of the up stair's balconies 
The Brass Monkey is a three-storey hotel with 4 bars, a lounge, restaurant and several outdoor spaces, including a hidden outdoor courtyard that I didn't know about!

We stopped for a short break with this Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings, one of many yummy dishes on their hot new menu! It was so delicious that many have seconds!
We went on for a bit more tour of hotel/pub before winding down to a beer at one of the bars at the end of our tour of The Brass Monkey.

The Brass Monkey Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Second stop of the walking tour was a stopover at The Dominion League on 84 Beaufort Street, where the old Court Wine Bar used to be.
Owned by the same people who brought you Mechanic's Institute, the Dominion League on the street level is a large open bar like window. The stained glass windows gave it a mystique vibe to the place.

Downstairs in the basement level was more dimly lit and has a cozy feel to it!
Like many have said, the large booths in gorgeous teal velvet were so inviting - I'll definitely going to go back and claim one of the booths very soon!

Next up some of us got to taste a bit of whiskey - thanks to hubby for being my hand model yet again

At the end of the tour we were treated to some delicious jaffles. Some of us ordered drinks, while some chit chatting and catching up on what's new in Perth etc.
Bartender at work
Hubby ordered a drink from the billboard at the bar - This was the Hillbilly Bob's Ruckus Juice with Captain Morgan spiced, lime & orgeat topped with ginger beer and ruckus.

Dominion League Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Our final stop was at Lot Twenty; after a brief intro Jacqueline dashed off to meet another tour group for the day. We were left with complimentary servings of Dutch Fries served with Peanut Satay, Mayonnaise and Red Onion.
Hubby also ordered a cider to go with the fries. We stayed a bit to catch up on conversations with some of the tour members before we headed back to William Street to check out on the street side stalls.

"Walking Tours" is one of the things I love to do when I travelled abroad. It is an excellent way to explore the city, experience the culture and lifestyle as we delve into the history, stories and culture of the city we're visiting. I'm glad we'd signed up for the free tour of Northbridge - It was a well worthy experience, especially at being a "tourist" for a day in my very own city, I learnt quite a bit more about my surroundings, as well as the chance of meeting new friends at the same time!

Thanks to Jacqueline for an amazing day, celebrating (and re-discovering) Northbridge during the On William's 2016 Street Side event.

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