Veteran Perth bartender James Connolly, it would appear, is allergic to free time. Just in case overseeing the cocktail program across all of David Thompson’s Long Chim restaurants wasn’t responsibility enough, he’s also been heavily involved in rebooting the lounge bar at COMO The Treasury. His motive for getting on board the project? Giving the world-class Perth hotel – and, most importantly, its guests – a similarly world-class place to drink.
“If you’ve got one of the best hotels in Australia – if not the world – then why not aim to have one of the best hotel bars in the world?” says Connolly.
It’s a lofty statement, absolutely, but the Treasury Lounge & Bar 2.0 suggests that our protagonist isn’t just talking the talk.