It’s about time we saw an independent, small bar and café next to an art gallery in town, and the newly refurbished PICA Bar & Café in the Perth Cultural Centre hits the spot. It is a real reflection of the amazing scope of change that Perth is currently seeing, and in every good way possible. This space used to house PICA’s bar for post show drinks, when the current owners picked up the short lease to create an independent café, and started serving up coffees in the bright and airy space to anyone who decided to drop by. It wasn’t until current manager Brendan Ryan, previously from Cheeky Sparrow, joined them and saw the potential to transform it into something more accessible, that the changes really started to happen.
Whilst the PICA Bar & Café shares its name with the contemporary gallery, it is quite separate, which Brendan says gives them a lot more freedom to change and mould the space as they see fit. The dark floorboards are offset by high ceilings, white walls and sun drenched windows, which makes for a welcoming ambiance that will be second to none come the summer months. Seating options are a mixture of tables and couches, as well as a small shady spot out the front which fills up on a Saturday night. Currently they serve up all day breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea, then the space transforms into a small bar from the afternoon time. And the coffee is well worth it! Though the space seems great as it is, Brendan has many more plans for it, including in house movie nights, music and the like – keep an eye out!