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Published August 26th 2012
Cocktails, coffee and culture
[ADVERT]Good news! The PICA Bar & Cafe has reopened. I'm really pleased because I've been there many times in years past. I liked the location right in the Perth Cultural Centre and the hip but relaxed vibe. Sadly for a few years the Cultural Centre had a pretty bad reputation, but with the recent renaissance of the area, PICA Bar is back in business.
A great place for people watching
Despite the name, the bar isn't as closely associated with the next door Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts as it was in the past. Fortunately as an independent venue there's more scope for events and in fact, I visited on a Sunday afternoon for a poetry slam, part of the Perth Poetry Festival.
I thought about a cocktail but went with a Fog City cloudy cider and my companion indulged in a Cooper's Pale Ale. Pretty safe choices considering they offer about 10 ciders and more than 15 beers - not to mention a large wine list. Drinks are a bit pricey but not too bad, with wine $8 or $9, beer starting at $6, ciders from $8 and cocktails $18. Coffee and tea are also available.
Inside the decor is minimalist but comfortable, a nice mix of white walls, wooden floors, big windows and overstuffed couches for lounging. However the outside tables are my favourite spot. There's plenty of foot traffic to and from Northbridge and now there's even a big screen. Perfect for relaxing and people watching!
Some of the yummy food on offer
PICA serves breakfast and lunch every day and also has a tapas menu available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. On this visit we only had dessert (a delicious piece of rocky road), but the tapas choices starting at $8.50 looked inviting too - I guess, I'll just have to go back!