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Stables bar keeps touch of the old
The Stables new bar and resturant in the city. Owners Tony Buhagiar, right, and Tim McLernon in the bar. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

More than 100 years ago the rattle of horse-drawn carts echoed against the cobblestone paths of The Stables.

Today, it is the clink of glasses meeting in ‘cheers’ that resonate within the walls of the pre-Federation building.

The 1894 horse and hay business which, more recently functioned as an electrical warehouse, has been transformed into Perth’s newest inner-city bar.

Ex-footballer and businessman Tony Buhagiar and former-Subiaco Hotel manager Tim McLernon, spent two-years and $4 million revamping the iconic building, nestled between Hay and Murray streets.

Mr McLernon said The Stables Bar brings something new to the CBD food and drink scene - it is a pub, but not your average pub.

“I think people would describe it as a gastro-pub. To me it’s sort of like a Subiaco Hotel transplanted into the city,” he said.

“It’s not a drinkers-bar type pub, but it’s not a pretentious, upmarket pub either — it caters to a middle crowd.”

Head chef Ben Keal. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Mr Buhagiar who has operated several venues across Perth over the past 25 years, including the Leopold Hotel in Bicton and the Mt Henry Tavern in Como, describes the venue as an inner-city oasis.

“We looked for a long time to find the right place and as soon as we found this, we knew,” he said.

“There aren’t many places like this — it’s in the CBD but as soon as you walk through the gates you leave the rush behind. It’s like a little oasis in the centre of the city.”

The building’s original timber panels and limestone embedded walls have been retained and give the venue a rustic-charm while bursts of greenery and strategic landscaping brighten the premises.

The 400-person capacity venue also features inside and outside dining areas on both levels and a menu with no plate over $30.

“You won’t find steak sandwich on our menu, but you won’t find truffle oil either,” Mr McLernon said.

“We want it to be a place where you can always get a table, enjoy a quality meal at an affordable price and relax.”

The Stables Bar officially opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday.

Atmospheric: Owners Tony Buhagiar and Tim McLernon. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian