With a mission to ‘occupy the ruin’, lots has changed inside The Rechabite, but lots hasn’t. The complex offers four floors of surprise and delight, wrapped around a new live performance space built into the original Independent Order of Rechabite’s hall.
Goodwill Club in the venue’s bunker serves contemporary dive-bar vibes and basement beats.
Sprung from the streets of Asia, Double Rainbow is a fast and furious bar and eatery that has landed on the ground floor of the William Street establishment – she’s spicy, sultry and sassy. It’s a fresh pan-Asian offering from the wild talents of Executive Chef, Jesse Blake (Petition Kitchen, NOA).
Ascend the grand heritage staircase into to The Rechabite Hall, a jaw-dropping, multi-arts performance space with magnificent barrel vault ceiling and ingenious suspension bridge tiers ensuring there isn’t a bad seat from any of the three levels inside the hall.
Head further north to kick-back and kick-it at Hello, the scenic rooftop-bar with cold brews and fresh views for miles.
Ironically, the original Rechabite Hall was erected in 1925 for the Independent Order of Rechabites, a friendly society which promoted total abstinence from alcohol. If they could see her now.
Original feature such as the staircase, tiling, ticketing booth and huge double doors are juxtaposed with finishes like prison mesh, which has been used throughout the venue, and exposed utility workings.
Illuminated artworks offset walls and panels of pressed tin that tell stories with historical smoke and fire damage proudly uncovered.
Morphing the mundane into the magical, the venue’s new lift is set in a huge 25m long cage that enables people to see cross sections of each floor as they take their ride from the basement to the rooftop.
The Rechabite’s Double Rainbow Bar & Eating House, will be opening early at 1:00pm each day especially for Open House Perth. Pop in for a delicious lunch, a cool cocktail or an ice-cold beer when you explore this magnificent building!