WA drinkers are being promised a number of firsts from the next wave of small bars, including what is billed as the city's only gay and lesbian small bar, Bunbury's first small bar and inner-city venues with a twist.
A New Orleans-inspired barbecue joint hopes to bring a touch of the south to King Street, while a sake bar plans to introduce Perth diners to the concept of izakaya - Japanese-style bar food.
Eight venues had small bar liquor licences approved or conditionally approved by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor last year.
They include the Sala Wine Lounge in Bunbury, furniture and art shop-turned small bar Epicure on High in Fremantle and X-Large, an inner city bar targeting gay and lesbian clientele and backed by the owner of Connections nightclub.
Jan Kulski and Talmage Anderson were behind one of Perth's first small bars, Ezra Pound, and they have now turned their attention to King Street. The concept for Old Faithful, due to open in April, is to take food inspired by America's South and give it an Australian accent.
"Australians love the barbecue culture but don't necessarily do it all that well," Maryland-born Mr Kulski said.