Defectors is located above the iconic The Flying Scotsman pub, in the heart of Mt Lawley. It offers a secluded, atmospheric alternative to the busy Beaufort Street below with an interior that is warm, candlelit and serene. There are street and city view from the large, Jacaranda-lined balcony which is pleasant all year round - the perfect place to watch the world go by.
The bespoke cocktails on offer range from the light and refreshing to the raffishly indulgent: suitable for every occasion from a midweek nightcap to a weekend celebration. A delightful spirit selection of over 500 varieties - many of them very rare - gives patrons the opportunity to try something new. UK born Bar Manager Benjamin Richardson is always excited to chat about the selection Defectors carries - don't hesitate to strike up a conversation.
Eight years ago, The Flying Scotsman team felt an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the pub was needed - a place of respite and comfort - a new kind of bar. Well before the wave of new small bars began in Perth, Defectors was established. It had the simple yet ambitious objective to offer a quality product and quality service without pretension; to create a space for people wanting the ease and familiarity of the Scotsman with a little more elegance and a little more variety.
For the last three years Benjamin Richardson has cared for the bar, bringing with him a list of accreditations most bartenders would envy. He has worked with Ryan Chetiyawardana (White Lyan, Dandelyan, Colebrooke Row) and Tristan Stephenson (The Ritz, The Dorchester), fronted Sainsbury's summer drinks campaign alongside Jamie Oliver, and received Time Out's 'Best New Bar 2010' at the Worship Street Whistling Shop in London, to name a few.
This experience has allowed Ben to create a space that is refined, smart, and has an unwavering commitment to friendly service. While a staying favourite with locals, who enjoy a Sazerac while watching the sun go down or an Applejack Sour in a cosy corner, Defectors has largely remained one of Beaufort Street's best kept secrets.