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News: The owners of Le Rebelle open Bar Rogue this December

Bar Rogue

Liam and Sarah Atkinson of Le Rebelle are back at it — bringing a new concept to Beaufort Street this December, designed to complement the more structured offering at Le Rebelle.

Bar Rogue has transformed the space previously held by Jungle Noir and Mykonos into a small wine bar with a 75-person capacity. The two tiered venue has hints of the old world, blended with sleek modern touches. Walls are white-washed and years of paint have been stripped back to reveal exposed brick, with velvet curtains softening and adding a touch of grandeur. The venue will feature wooden and concrete flooring, raw natural woods and a basket chandelier. For date night, there’ll be plenty of spots to hide away and bigger tables to enjoy with groups –  mix of high tables, low comfortable seating and banquettes to settle into. Ornate tables have been handcrafted in Fremantle, giving it a nod to the old world that the couple are known for.

Beaufort Street continues to evolve and we’re excited to be a part of that. We are offering a place to sneak away and escape,” says Liam. “Bar Rogue will have the same attention to detail as Le Rebelle, in a space that is more relaxed. Somewhere you can come for one drink or stay the night.” 

Putting Sarah’s dedication to wine at the fore, delicious things to drink are the name of the game here. The wine list will be packed with local heroes, small producers, bottles from Australian and international vineyards, magnums pouring by the glass and a little curio on offer for the serious wine nerds. For those that love Sarah’s Fancy List at Le Rebelle, there will be a little something for everyone 

I like to focus on small producers, much like us. Together we run our restaurant, and now bar, with a small, but mighty team of hospitality professionals,” she says. “I hope our guests can find something they might never have tried before.”

Bar Rogue plans to splash around much more than just wine. The cocktails will be classic and aperitifs encouraged, with an expansive range of Vermouth, Amaro and boutique booze lining the bar. Plenty of easy drinking, low alcohol options abound are sure to make for optimum aperitivo hour enjoyment.

Placed a quick walk down Beaufort Street from Le Rebelle in the re-emerging Highgate area, the new bar joins a flourishing community breathing life back into the area, continuing Liam & Sarah’s already impressive contribution to the rejuvenation of Mount Lawley’s nightlife.

Whilst wine and other delicious libations are the centrepiece of Bar Rogue’s offering, it would be remiss of the team to not tap into the brain responsible for Beaufort Street’s – perhaps Perth’s – best bar snack, the now infamous Le Rebelle crab toast.

Whilst Le Rebelle is French-centric, the food at Bar Rogue has no fixed address and will lean into techniques and presentation over any chosen region. The menu will consist of small plates designed for snacking with an emphasis on easy eating, quality and high end produce, with around a dozen items on offer at one time. 

It’s bar food as it should be, much like you’d find in bars across Europe, Asia and North America… which comes down to simplicity and good produce. The menu at Bar Rogue will allow me to showcase different ideas and a side of dining that I have always loved to cook and eat,” says Liam. 

Before you ask — of course there will be oysters, but dishes like fresh finger sandwiches with  cucumber and crisp chicken skin with lashings of great butter, and a new take on a one bite taco, named ‘The Lobster Super-Crunch’ that really allows Liam to flex his creativity.

Then there is the ‘COLD fried chicken’ with caviar and fromage blanc that is sure to be a crowd favourite, while a duck egg custard with abalone and mushroom reminds the diner of the experience and technical skill in the kitchen. And a tight kitchen it is, with just two induction burners and a Big Green Egg charcoal BBQ which will be responsible for charred and smoky dishes such as the sweet n’ sour short ribs.  As always, there will be a few ever changing options for our green loving friends. 

You won’t find chips or burgers on the menu at Bar Rogue, but for those with a voracious  appetite, you can simply say “I want it all’ and enjoy the full food menu at a sharper price, top to bottom. You’ll always be able to end on a sweet treat — don’t leave without trying the sticky date pudding in waffle form.

Bar Rogue has enlisted an energetic, young team of hospitality professionals and is committed to fostering the next generation of talented staff that might want to make a career out of hospitality. Liam and Sarah both encourage career progression for both front and back of house through mentoring, education and support and are focused on growing talent in WA to help make the industry stronger.

Bar Rogue opens on Beaufort Street early December.

515 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
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barrogue.com.au

Opening hours:
Thursday 4pm – 11pm
Friday 4pm – 11pm
Sat 4pm – 11pm
Sun 2pm – 10pm
(Mon 4pm – 10pm – in the new year)