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.
AH and I were the only two Barchivists who returned their signed excursion forms so we got to enjoy this deju vu venue. We found plenty to talk about as we enjoyed a drink here. Naturally our schooldays came up in conversation. How can you not start to talk about your own school days when surrounded by all this. Even the menu is a like a fill in school test. The chips also come in a paper cup like how it used to at my school cafeteria. Thankfully the chips tasted better than what I had back then. I also had a beer to wash them down with which never happened back then. I even spotted that they used a Bunsen burner at the bar to caramelise bananas for a cocktail.
As the evening wore on the television started to screen Stand By Me and then later on BMX Bandits. I remember watching that at a friend’s house one day after school.
You can’t miss The Classroom along Charles St. It is next to a sex shop, which is oddly appropriate as in my school days all I thought about was sex. The Classroom is well worth the visit if you can handle the trip back in time.