Rodney's Bait 'n Tackle

Gone Fishin'

Emily Ace
April 7, 2017
Eat & Drink

Gone Fishin’

An absolute fisherman’s delight, Rodney’s Bait n Tackle has something to catch your attention in every nook and cranny.

Walking along Stirling highway, you could almost miss the venue entirely with its modest façade blending into the shopping strip. What you can’t see from the street is the treasure trove lying within.

Rodney's Bait 'n Tackle Perth
Photo Courtesy of Rodney's Bait 'n Tackle

All aboard!

After taking nearly a year to complete, the finished bar boasts a huge collection of vintage fishing gear, artwork, maps and memorabilia- even a full sized shark suspended from the ceiling. The crowning jewel is the 30 foot long fishing boat in all its glory serving as the bar.

It really is a historical marvel, with each artefact painstakingly collected over a number of years.

Although the space is narrow, it is also long, with a cosy alcove complete with a double sided fireplace toward the back- the perfect spot to stew over your dark and stormy on the cooler days.

Rodney's Bait n' Tackle Stirling Highway

Keeping It Reel

With backgrounds in both the hospitality and entertainment industry, co-owners Nathan Nisbet and Scott Kociuruba had a dream to open a warm and inviting venue to counter the number of ‘flash’ bars popping up all over Perth.

Rodney's Bait n' Tackle interior

Rodney’s aims to be open to all, regardless of income, and free of pretentiousness. Nathan says unlike other bars, Rodney’s doesn’t want to leave people feeling ripped off or that they must be dressed to the nines to enjoy themselves.

Opening its doors for the first time on the 26th of August 2015, just like a day of fishing, a visit to Rodney’s sees your cares left at the door and relaxation ahead.

Rodney's Bait 'n Tackle venue
Photo Courtesy of Rodney's Bait 'n Tackle

Catch of the Day

The idea for the theme grew organically, with Scott coming from a long line of professional fisherman and the plan to source a boat for use as the bar. Everything else evolved around this key piece, named ‘The Maevon’ built in 1950.

Rodney's Bait n' Tackle boat bar

Nathan and Scott gave this beautiful boat a new life after sourcing it in Rockingham, where it was not running and taking on water. The pair reminisce on how it was a new experience to be put in a rowboat and taken for a spin to view a possible purchase!

Although they have a smaller range behind the bar due to size restrictions, the focus is on quality not quantity. With an assortment of high quality whiskey and of course rum, they also serve up a choice selection of beer, wine, cocktails and coffee.

Rodney's Bait n' Tackle cocktails
Courtesy of @Rodneysbar on Instagram


If you are feeling a bit peckish, the boys serve award winning pies from Peters Butchers in Claremont, alongside other bar style nibbles.

Every night the bar is open, you will be able to enjoy the live music of local artists. Having musical backgrounds themselves, they are disappointed in the dismal support for local music, and hope to use their involvement in the industry to support their network of fantastic yet struggling musos.

Rodney's Bait n' Tackle bar Perth

Hook Line and Sinker

If all the fishing paraphernalia hanging on the walls has you itching to get out there, you can purchase bait from the bar and get straight out there. They really have thought of everything!

A fantastic venue to intrigue the senses, relax and be serenaded by talented musicians.

Open Wednesday and Thursday 4pm – 11pm, Friday 4pm – 12am, Saturday 1pm – 12am and Sunday 1pm – 10pm.

Find them at 598 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park (the boys recommend you catch the train conveniently located just over the road)

For more info head to their WebsiteFacebook or Instagram.

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Emily Ace

Hi Guys! I’m Emily; a cheese, pun and quilting enthusiast who spends too much time watching Friends. Thanks for sharing our passion of all things Perth and supporting the amazing local businesses we have all around us. My motto is to see all the things, do all the things and, most importantly, eat all the things.