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Three Historic Fremantle Pubs

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Published September 6th 2013
The stories behind the pubs
Fremantle is a melting pot of cultures and it boasts many eateries, nightspots, bars and pubs. Some of the most popular pubs and their stories are listed here.

The Sail and Anchor, was established as a hotel in 1854, and is one of Australia's first pub breweries. It sits on South Terrace in Fremantle across from the famous Fremantle Markets. Walking into the pub you certainly get a sense of old world grandeur.

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Wagyu burger and fries


Towards the back of the ground floor there is a quieter restaurant area where patrons can eat a casual but sumptuous meal on the benches and tables that look out onto the street that is separated from them by a large glass wall.

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View from the other side of the glass


Head upstairs along the wide, windy staircase to even more rooms and sitting areas. Rooms can be hired out for private functions and parties. The bar upstairs leads to a balcony which overlooks the main street through Fremantle. The balcony is decked out with bar stools, tables and chairs and couches. It is the perfect place to go to to enjoy a pint and people watch.

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Up on the balcony


Live bands are here to entertain the crowds on some nights of the week and up on the balcony on weekend nights you can usually find a group of musicians providing a casual groove for the patrons. 40 cold beer taps and 3 hand held pumps and four bars help locals and tourists enjoy this venue.

The history behind the Norfolk Hotel is long, starting back as far as 1887 when it started out as The Oddfellows Hotel during the busy goldrush period. Standing on the corner of South Terrace and Norfolk Street in Fremantle, this pub cannot be missed. Make sure you take the time to admire the large chiselled artwork that is on the wall outside the pub.

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The mural outside


The brick and iron décor gives the place a prison and dungeon like feel which contrasts with the open beer garden that has a casual and friendly atmosphere.

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The beergarden...a great place to relax


Below is the Basement Lounge which is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and offers a popular place for musicians to demonstrate their craft in quality surroundings. The Norfolk Hotel also offers accommodation in the form of nine rooms with an range of bed configurations and facilities.

Little Creatures is an icon of Fremantle. This modern day award winning micro brewery is set inside a massive converted boat shed which was originally built to house the boats competing in the America's Cup yacht race. Later on it was the venue of a Crocodile farm before turning into the brewery that it is today. Located on Mews Road in Fremantle is an ever popular watering hole for the young and old.

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Little Creatures


Serving modern Australian cuisine such as octopus, kangaroo, local prawns and fish and chips, there is something to please everyone. The open kitchen runs alongside the dining tables which help fill the air with the smell of sumptuous food.

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Grilled prawn skewers


The large eating hall caters for couples, small groups as well as large gatherings. Out the back is more dining space with bonus views out to the Fishing Boat Harbour. There is also a café and a children's playground in the form of a sandpit which comes with parental supervision warnings.

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Main dining area


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Parents...you have been warned


These three are among many pubs with stories in Fremantle. Why not try them all.
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