One Night at Juanitas

How is it that the Barchivists are so close to Subiaco but have never been there for an outing? On Wednesday 27 June we changed that by heading into nearby Subiaco to visit Juanitas. This is a little wine bar at the back of the shop Gill & Hille Merchants.

3 at Juanitas

HJ, DJKD and aro make the scene early at Juanitas

I got there early, before 5 in fact, to grab a table, a big table, because we had quite a gathering coming. There was DJKD who could only stop for a little while; HelenJess who would soon be leaving us for a new job (but of course she’ll always be welcome to come drink with us), World Inverted, AH, KM, plus making her first re-appearance since going on maternity leave Paisely Red, and also new member Agent 78.

World_Inverted with aro

World_Inverted was there too, seen here with aro lurking in the background

Being Barchivists we of course got olives but since there were so many of us we indulged and got a large platter of all sorts of goodies including oysters, cheese, chorizo, bread and more, all of it tasty.



Juanitas gets crowded easily but the serving staff are friendly and knowledgeable and we had a great time, as documented by nearly everyone. I think that this has been the most photographed of any Barchivist event. When did everyone else get cameras?

Oyster eating

AH tries an oyster

Let’s hear what some of the others have to say.

World_Inverted: I really liked Juanitas, it was intimate and small and quite hidden – a place you need to know it is there in order to find it. And the bar person recommended a great shiraz – would really like to go back.

Half the gathering

Half the gathering; AH, Paisley Red, Agent 78 and KM

 DJKD: I love that it’s hidden away and filled with laminex furniture. Wish I could have stayed longer…. but I’m glad I didn’t have another glass of the fine pinot before heading home, as the rather generous pouring did leave me with a fairly healthy buzz!

The Bar at Juanitas

The Bar at Juanitas; where they dispense the drinks and drink recommendations

Agent 78: It was a fun evening, and a great way to meet some more new faces. 


At Juanitas the clever use of mirrors makes you think the place is larger than it is

Helenjess: A wonderful, cosy little bar. The bartenders were lovely and happy to give drink suggestions. Having to wind you way through a shop of curios to get to the bar added to its charm. It was also lovely to see PaisleyRed again.

Olive shot

What would a Barchivists post be without an olive shot?

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Just how much did we like Mrs Brown? For one thing, we didn’t follow our original plan to also visit Who’s Your Mumma since we were out Freo way on that Thursday evening 17 May . Another indication is that when I voted in the Small Bar of the Year Award, without hesitation, I cast my vote for Mrs Brown.

Sure, none of us, except World_Inverted, got the special treatment of having a burger from Flipside next door brought into us, but oh well. The fact that the burgers there are so good, and that we can bring them in next door to Mrs Brown, is fantastic.

What is more, Mrs Brown is so cosy. AR, SJVC, and Helen_Jess got there early to stake our claim at one of the little corners of this bar, and there we stayed. I joined early enough to get a comfy couch and World_Inverted and MS came along later to complete the gathering. The atmosphere was relaxed and calm, the settings and decor were interesting, the board games near our seating area were tempting and the tunes being played were always great and not too loud. You could hear them, World_Inverted could use Shazam on her new mobile device to identify them and we could all comment on them, yet none of us were drowned out by what was being played. A few other venues could learn from this.

Everything was just right at this fantastic venue. Mrs Brown is definitely worth the long trip down Freo way.

And now a word from Helen_Jess about this night:

We got a table in a cosy corner and enjoyed good food from Flipside, good conversation and some memorable music.
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Barchivists Quiz Out

Yes, the Barchivists have been to the Byrneleigh before but not for a quiz night, and besides this is one venue that is conveniently close to where we all work.

So Tuesday 24 April The Barchivists attended the Comedy Masters Quiz night. We almost didn’t. I had made a booking for us yet when we rocked up they had not set a table aside for us in the upstairs area where the quiz is held every week. It turns out that the set up person had missed our name on the booking sheet. So instead of the 7 of us being spread around a large table we had to scrape for chairs and squeeze up around a small table.



From our table we could just see to the balcony


Being put to the test this night were CH, TF, MS, AH, LP, KM and myself, arotulon.

The upstairs area of the Byrneleigh is rather splendid and the balcony area is stunning. The last time we come here I did not even know there was an upstairs area so this did feel like we were in a different venue.



Good news: our crowded table was near the well stocked bar. Bad news: our crowded table was near the well stocked bar that was infrequently staffed.


While we waited for the festivities to begin we ordered some food. A few of us went for the steak (which came with the option of a béarnaise sauce) others had pizza or just straight fries. The trouble with fries is that they too soon reach that point of being too cold to enjoy even with generous dashings of whatever dip they come with.


Tuesday ain't just the quiz night; it is also Steak Night!

Being Barchivists MS ordered some olives. They were pretty ordinary but they did come with chopped chilli and garlic, which I did try and I can attest these were far from ordinary. I am not sure which was more powerful the chilli or the garlic.


Question: do Barchivists order olives everywhere they go?

Regular followers of this blog may recall that at our last quiz night we came out in front. But there were lessons to be learned from that night and the main one was don’t change your answers! Stick with your first answer because over thinking invariably leads to you doing wrong, and again this proved to be the case.

For instance, the question “what pop star bought a large share of My Space in 2011?” – my fiancé LP said Justin Timberlake. Although no one had anything better to offer it just didn’t seem right and so even though I was not the scribe at the end of the first round I took it upon myself to go for a  second chance (we were given a min or two to rethink a few before handing in  our answer sheets) and crossed out Justin and put in Jay-Z. It just sounded more logical and of course it was wrong and Justin Timberlake and LP was right.

Even worse was the question about the most common surname in the world. To assist us with this question the quiz master added that the name was Asian and that it was the same as a big film star of the 90s. Well, we analysed this one to death. Our first instinct was Jackie Chan, big 90s star and Chan was an Asian name. But wait, lets think about this some more; Lee is a common last name, and Brandon Lee was in films in the 90s. We soon lost the point and started to debate whether or not Brandon Lee was really a big star. Sure there was The Crow but what else? And if the clue was meant to point us to Lee why not say big film star of the 70s? But then again was Jackie Chan really a 90s star? He has been doing films since the 70s and the Rush Hour films went on into this century. And besides wasn’t Chan more of a Hong Kong name while Lee is more Chinese so there is bound to be more Lees in this world than Chans. Do I even need to say that Chan was the answer but we went with Lee.

Fries vs Chan

Too busy debating Lee v Chan we let the fries get cold.

Still there were other areas of excellence; TF answered correctly at least two pop song questions and a quite a few of the 10 in a row girl band questions. I forgive her for not recognising a picture of Atomic Kitten; really that is nothing to be ashamed of. I’d be more worried if she did know them.

And there was the question “what is the biggest selling Irish Cider in Australia?” Our too small for all of us table was right next to the bar where we could see Bulmers on tap. That was our answer and we were right.


"Look! The answer is Bulmers"

Ultimately the Barchivists came equal second with two other tables but lost in the tie breaker.

We had a great time and we all know not to take our quizzes too seriously but remember people, Jackie Chan was bigger in the 90s than Brandon Lee.   


The almost triumphant Barchivists

Now, a word about the night from TF:

It was a fun night, I would definitely be up for it again, the steak special was tasty…..  Although my knowledge is somewhat limited to 1990s power ballads and obscure comedian quotes.

It’s a shame that we went against prior quiz night experiences of which I am too very guilty of and Chan-ged our answers thereby reducing our Chan-ces…..


Barchivists again

Us Barchivists know not to take quizzes too seriously

Tokyo Birdland

Now this is a Barchivist digression with a difference; it actually involves a small wine bar, namely The Bird.

The Bird is a small wine bar in Northbridge with the distinction of being a live music venue. I have been meaning to take the Barchivists there for a while but what night to go to see which band? This difficulty was finally solved when the band that features two Barchivists as members staged a rare live appearance at this venue. Continue Reading »

After school excursion

When I rocked up at The Classroom on Wednesday 28 March, it was already busy. The sunset was streaming in through the windows and The Breakfast Club was showing on the television screen.

If you haven’t yet heard The Classroom is a new wine bar along Charles St in North Perth, with a theme to which we can all relate; school. An incredible amount of effort has gone into the decor of this venue. School bags hanging on hooks fill up the space above the door as you walk in. Behind the bar are lockers where they display the incredible range of liquor bottles. And on the bookshelves that take up the space along one wall, amongst the worn school encyclopaedias and winding pencil sharpeners, is a fantastic collection of vintage lunch boxes. I recognised the 6 Million Dollar Man lunch box as being one that my brother used to have. I’m pretty sure that it came with a matching thermos. Continue Reading »

We were looking for somewhere further afield, somewhere different and it was suggested why not with it being summer go to the beach? Are there any small wine bars at the beach? Thanks to World_Inverted we found that there was; Ocean One at Scarborough.

The date was set, Thursday 16 February, for the first Barchivists gig of 2012; but come the day, the forecast was for sunny but with scattered attendance. Only 3 of us could make it. And in a strange turn of events it was an all male affair with DT, MS and myself, arotulon at the scene. Continue Reading »

Mexicando attitude

First up, La Cholita is not a bar. This means, to have a drink you have to order some food, but since this is Mexican fare and my attitude to such food is Mex-I-can-do, that is no problem. No, the only problem at La Cholita is getting a seat in order to have a drink with some food. Continue Reading »