The people of Fremantle are lucky people. Not only was the modern Australian craft beer scene born in the little oceanside town, but it is also home to the Little Creatures and Monk breweries as well as the original Clancy's Fish Pub, a venue that does much more than serve up some of the best fishy pub fare on the west coast.
For years, Clancy's has been one of the few venues in WA serving quality craft beer, steadily increasing the number of taps around its horseshoe bar and, at the same time, increasing its reach around the Aussie craft beer world. The beer list tends to predominantly showcase WA's thriving craft beer scene, from Nail to Last Drop, Bootleg to Feral, although you'll always find a fair few turned over to guests from the east plus a handful of taps pouring the bigger boys' brews too. Four of its taps are on permanent rotation while it has a solid bottled selection too, lining shelves with some of the more rare and out there drops from across the wider beer world.
The pub is housed in an old building decorated with all manner of giant fishbones and fishy artwork, which was given a major overhaul in 2014, opening and brightening it up in equal measure. There's a family-friendly courtyard backing on to a huge walled park, which hosts many a game of cricket or footy while parents relax, plus outdoor terrace seating and a dining room.
The Clancy's concept has proved such as success that there are now three other venues around WA – at Perth's City Beach, Dunsborough and Canning Bridge. But the Freo venue remains the original and very much Clancy's heart and soul.