After a $100 million restoration, the State Buildings are now home to some of Perth’s most exciting hospitality establishments, with three of them under the Petition umbrella. The restaurant side of things, simply called Petition, is open all day, with service stretching from 7 am (8 am on weekends) right through until late into the night. Beer Corner is, well, all about beer, with 20 independent taps and a huge list of bottes, while Wine Merchant states its purpose just as clearly.
Emma Farrelly is the Director of Wine for the State Buildings, but this is perhaps where her skills, and superb contacts, are most vividly on display. Taking a leaf out of the enoteca book, a wall of wine – with some 500 options – is available to take away, or any bottle can be broached by one of Emma’s well-informed charges at what seems to be the country-wide enoteca standard of $15 corkage. Additionally, there are 25 wines offered by the glass, which are subject to frequent rotation. If cocktails are your thing, there’s also a concise list of batched and bottled options. And if you’re taking your wine in, a classical listing of charcuterie and cheeses is available, along with premium canned anchovies, sardines and cockles, with a handful of small plates and a larger option or two.
The wine offer is broad ranging, with a 60/40 domestic to international bias, but preferences producers who employ sustainable and ethical practices and organic and biodynamic farming methods. The ones that make great wine, that is. It’s also where Emma tucks away small parcels of scarce wines, the ones too limited to get a berth on the other wine lists under her purview. So, it’s also the place to hunt for those hard-to-find bottles.
COVID-19 conditions: Wine Merchant is essentially back to normal trading conditions.