Varnish on King

at 75 King Street, Perth, 6000 Australia

Varnish on King; All we do all day is source the best food, the best wine and the best whiskey to share with our friends.

Varnish on King
75 King Street
Perth , WA 6000
Contact Phone
P: (08) 9324 2237


Tucked in the basement of a heritage building built in 1921, right in the heart of Perth's central business district, is Varnish On King an homage to the American Whiskey. Promising to source the best of the best to share with their friends, Varnish On King boasts an extensive collection of bourbons and whiskeys that rivals what anyone else in the city has done previously. Bottle upon bottle of Kentucky bourbons and American whiskeys line the shelves behind the bar, making up Perth's most extensive range of bourbons, whiskeys, ryes and other spirits. The venue also boasts 100-odd wines on their wine list, a list that is largely instinctive and changes frequently on a whim. Varnish On King doesn't play by the rules, offering a number of innovative perks for their customers, such as the 'Bacon & Whiskey flight where 4 different style of Whiskey are paired up to 4 different style of bacon... it's a thing! Varnish On King also offers innovative food from Head Chef Danny Sanchez, with a fusion of American classics with an Australian twist; from fried chicken wings, to venison loin with picked beets and smoked mayo. The venue's interior pays its respect to the nouveau dive bars of the States, but throws a sly nod to Perth's own history with sepia-toned images of the neighbourhood's yesteryear lining the walls. it is Varnish on King's policy that any comment or wall post that features swearing, bullying, personal attacks (on authors, moderators, other users or any individual), contains a political agenda, are offensive, defamatory, disrespectful of or misleading to other fans will not be tolerated and will be removed as soon as possible. We will also remove any content that may put us (or you) in legal jeopardy. This includes potentially defamatory comments, material or links posted in potential breach of copyright and includes offensive profile pictures that contain profanities or indecent imagery. Varnish on King also notes that Facebook has its own policy in relation to use of pages and posting on the site, and expects users of this site abide by Facebook’s policies for use of Facebook generally. Varnish on King does not endorse any threads or posts placed on this site and will remove any posts which do not comply with these policies. If you ever have any concerns that there are posts not in the keeping of this page, please send an email to We will treat every contact with seriousness and confidentiality.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 11:30- 01:00
  • Tuesdays: 11:30- 01:00
  • Wednesdays: 11:30- 01:00
  • Thursdays: 11:30- 01:00
  • Fridays: 11:30- 02:00
  • Saturdays: 16:00- 02:00


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Company Rating

20637 Facebook users were in Varnish on King. It's a 31 position in Popularity Rating for companies in Bar category in Perth, Western Australia

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Whiskey + Horses... What could go wrong? Only a few spots left for next Tuesdays Melbourne Cup Lunch. email to reserve a table

Published on 2014-10-27 05:38:38 GMT

Its Friday - time for your Bacon fix! And if your going to the Wildcats - see us before or after.... we don't mind. The bar is always open!

Published on 2015-01-16 02:14:14 GMT

The beaver is BACK! We're open for business as usual! Come in and check out our new menu, new whiskeys and friendly old faces.

Published on 2015-01-12 06:29:15 GMT

Dear Santa Claus, You can break into our houses, drink our milk, eat our cookies and steal our carrots for your precious reindeers... Just don't touch the Whiskey!! The team at Varnish want to thank our loyal whiskey lovers for all your support this year. We wish you and your loved ones a safe xmas and new years break. See you in 2015.

Published on 2014-12-24 07:21:30 GMT

Goodbye 2014 - we will be back ready to rock your socks Monday January 12th for business as usual! Have a great Christmas!

Published on 2014-12-24 01:00:00 GMT

This weekend is your last to catch Snow White — a live orchestra, an evil stepmother, and…some whiskey at Varnish after? Sounds like a perfect evening to us.

Published on 2014-12-11 04:00:00 GMT

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most beaver of them all? Probably me. Stop by for a drink after any Snow White performance this season! Open 'til midnight Monday – Saturday.

Published on 2014-11-26 04:00:00 GMT

Due to some changes out of our control, Varnish is no longer serving whiskey at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape this weekend — but we've still got heaps of delicious food for you! Head down and taste test our 3-piece Bacon Flight, Iberico Jamon with Pickled Watermelon, Wallaby Dogs, and more — join us (and The Beaver) for some great food and great tunes all weekend long. We're located near the playground on the left as you enter the grounds, so drop the kids off and come get some bacon in ya!

Published on 2014-11-20 10:55:58 GMT

Taipans Vs Wildcats - 1 Vs 3... Get it done Cats!!! Tip off at 6.30pm, swing past for a drink pre or post, open until midnight.

Published on 2015-02-06 04:55:48 GMT

U.S.A. vs. Scotland Thursday 16th April. More details tomorrow, but a little hint for you... Whisk(e)y

Published on 2015-04-09 10:21:40 GMT

Who needs some hot rich guy when whiskey and bacon can satisfy all your needs? Stop by Varnish after tonight’s encore screening of Fifty Shades of Grey at the Rooftop Movies — we’ll take care of you.

Published on 2015-03-26 09:30:00 GMT

Seeing Guy Sebastian tonight? Stop by Varnish after the show — he would Like It Like That! We're open 'til midnight and not even a little bit sorry for that pun.

Published on 2015-02-28 04:00:00 GMT

Queen + Adam Lambert is on tomorrow night at Perth Arena, so make a good night a great night with whiskey and bacon after the show.

Published on 2014-08-21 03:00:49 GMT

Heading to Gaga tomorrow night? Why not pop in for a pre or post show tipple!

Published on 2014-08-19 02:00:42 GMT

To make Monday that little bit easier, we have Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia Wilcox in from 5:30pm for tastings!

Published on 2014-08-18 01:50:10 GMT

Avoid the three hour drive to Vasse Felix this Monday when winemaker Virginia Wilcox will be joining us here at Varnish on King. Come taste some sensational drops from Margaret Rivers oldest winery.

Published on 2014-08-13 06:24:40 GMT

Escape the cold and get some Goaty Hill from Tassie in your glass. We've got the winemaker popping from 5:30 - 7 for you try some great drops!

Published on 2014-07-08 08:23:36 GMT

Gloomy outside = Whiskey inside... Pants optional, see you at the bar, open until midnight

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-19 09:12:43 GMT

It's Friday people. Act like it.

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-24 09:41:54 GMT

“NOSE TO TAIL” For one night only - Varnish on King & The Flour Factory are teaming up to offer you a "journey of lamb”… Tuesday July 26th, 4 courses across both venues matched with 4 glasses of wine! $110 pp, Two sittings (6pm and 7:30pm starting at Varnish) book via or on 94851711 (Credit Card payment required to secure your position)

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-24 07:30:00 GMT

Grilled broccoli w/ pea puree, shaved macadamia & lilli pilli No animals were harmed in the making of this dish... Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm Dinner: 5pm - Late Bar open until midnight

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-24 04:11:58 GMT

Peter Palmer, owner of 399 Bar *, accused me on News Talk 6PR 882 this morning of doing a "Harold Holt" after comments I made in The West Australian. I'd like to assure Peter that despite growing up in the Wheatbelt I'm a pretty handy swimmer. More importantly, I believe there needs to be a balance between the needs of the public and the hospitality sector. Competition leads to innovation and better service, as has been evident with Perth venues Varnish on King and Mechanics' Institute. Small Bar. being named Australia's best small bars in the last two years. I encourage everyone to get out and experience what the Perth bar scene has to offer. Take your friends and spend your money at local businesses, like Peter's, who invest in our State. Peter, I look forward to coming down to 399 soon to buy you a beer and having a chinwag. I might even offer a few tips on swimming technique.

Published Colin Holt on 2016-06-23 07:59:51 GMT

Pretty sure whiskey goes in there somewhere too, but who am I to argue. #baconweek #lunchisserved

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-23 05:35:40 GMT

If you have a spare 45 seconds to support our 2am license extensions, please follow the link below. Your support is greatly appreciated May Whiskey bless us all !! J. Beaver

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-23 02:38:44 GMT

Bacon week Bacon fact; In a 2009 British survey conducted by, men preferred the smell of bacon to the smell of a newborn baby. For all the new dads out there, see you at the bar!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-22 08:45:00 GMT

#BaconWeek We're just looking after your health! Doors open til midnight. Come git some!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-22 08:18:36 GMT

If, like us, you're a fan of Perth bar Varnish on King, give them a hand with this survey as they're applying for a 2am licence:

Published Australian Bartender magazine on 2016-06-22 05:01:15 GMT

Bacon week Bacon Fact; Proudly brought to you by the humble pig; British researchers from Newcastle University say that bacon may actually alleviate hangovers because it contains amino acids that help reduce neurotransmitters that become depleted with heavy drinking. See you at the bar for your hangover cure... and Whiskey!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-21 08:54:00 GMT

It's BACON WEEK! I'm so excited, I could punch a raccoon. This year we're celebrating with a Primo Primo Whiskey and Bacon flight. Here's the line-up we've chosen to match the 4 delicious pig belly selections. Jeffersons Kentucky Straight Michter's Barrel Proof Rye Ransom "The Emerald" and JD Gold No.27 Maple cask finish Lunch?

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-21 02:18:41 GMT

The best week of the year... BACON WEEK All week, our famous Bacon Flight is going 'top shelf' $70 will get you; House smoked hickory w/ Jeffersons Kentucky Straight Bourbon Flat Pancetta w/ Michters Barrel Strength Rye Mollasses & Vanilla Infusion w/ Ransom 'The Emerald' Straight Whiskey German Speck w/ JD No. 27 Gold Or stick with the classic combination... Whatever you do, just Eat Bacon! See you at the bar.

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-20 06:29:34 GMT

We are applying for a 2am License... If you dig what we do, and would like to have the opportunity to visit us after midnight, the below link takes 45 seconds to complete. Your support is greatly appreciated May Whiskey bless us all !! J. Beaver

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-17 09:17:33 GMT

You know our friends from The Urban List don't lie... See you at the bar Saturday pre or post face-off !!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-14 07:18:41 GMT

It's #Friday people. Act like it. Barrel Aged boulevardiers till midnight. Get in!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-10 09:20:20 GMT

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-10 09:04:24 GMT

So where is your fav bar in Perth? We have been collecting votes over the last few months and will publish the top 10 in the next issue so get your votes in. Here is a list of who has been voted for so far in no particular order. Let us know your fav or if there are any others for us to include. We do also have some prizes to give away. Jane Kielly please inbox us your details so we can send your prize. Mechanics' Institute. Small Bar. The Jazz Cellar Andaluz Bar Helvetica Bar C15 Espresso - The Precinct Joe’s Juice Joint Wolf Lane Ezra Pound Varnish on King The Ellington Jazz Club - Perth The Classroom Bobeche Bar Bar 399 Hula Bula Bar The Bird Bar Lafayette The Stables Bar Frisk. Small Bar Choo Choo’s Bar De Halcyon 1907 La Cholita Bar The Laneway Lounge Venn Bar Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House Print Hall Bob’s Bar The Cheeky Sparrow The Greenhouse Sneaky Tony’s Sentinel Lot Twenty

Published Menu Magazine on 2016-06-10 07:07:27 GMT

Got a thirst for knowledge... and Whiskey?? Our next American Whiskey 101 Masterclass is Monday 13th June 5.30pm - 6.30pm. $40 per person. Bookings essential... email

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-07 06:51:31 GMT

If someone tells you that you drink too much, stop talking to them... You don't need that kind of negativity in your life! Bar open until midnight, for all your "positive reinforcement" needs

Published Varnish on King on 2016-06-03 07:42:15 GMT

Basement... Whiskey... thats how we beat the winter months

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-31 08:32:50 GMT

If it walks like a pig, talks like a pig, and tastes like a pig, we should put Whiskey with it!

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-28 08:23:25 GMT

To old friends and new. The Elijah Craig Barrel-Proof is finally back (Jamie's all time favourite) and Pikesville's premium rye finally makes its debut on our hallowed gantry. Come down tonight and try them side by side. Average banter from @callmeyan and pretzels optional.

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-24 08:24:06 GMT

Our friends over at The Flour Factory will have bar royalty behind the stick tonight from 5pm - 7pm. Ben Davidson has been in the industry so long, he once shook Sinatra's hand. Get over there tonight and ask him about it...

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-24 07:15:00 GMT

Some people stay warm sitting in front of a fireplace. We stay warm by sitting in front of Whiskey... See you at the bar, open until midnight.

Published Varnish on King on 2016-05-21 08:34:42 GMT

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Drop us a line • 75 King Street (basement level), Perth WA 6000 • (08) 9324 2237 • Email Us
Home to American Whiskey
Mon to Thur: 11.30am - 1am
Fri: 11.30am - 2am
Sat: 4:00pm - 2am
Sun: Closed
Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - LATE
On the first Monday of every month, we hold a Whiskey ‘101’ Masterclass... an absolute must for any whiskey fiend!
We'll sample four different whiskies and explore the history, production, styles and trends of all things American Whiskey.
The classes run for approx.
one hour and are accompanied with light finger food from our award-winning kitchen.
Did you know we offer functions and events packages?
Yeah we do.
They're pretty fly too.
See for yourself...
4 different styles of bacon paired to 4 different styles of American Whiskey… it’s a thing!
Available on SUNDAYS ONLY— we allow the hallowed grounds of Varnish to be yours exclusively.
Licensed for 120pax and able to trade until midnight.
WARNING Under the Liquor Control Act 1988, it is an offence: to sell or supply liquor to a person under the age of 18 years on licensed
or regulated premises; or for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase, or attempt to purchase, liquor on licensed or regulated premises.
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