The fishing-themed bar is the vision of long-time hospitality and entertainment industry workers Nathan Nisbet and Scott Kociuruba (who is himself from a long line of professional fishermen), who set out to create their dream bar on Stirling Highway in Mosman Park. The result is an intricately crafted and captivating venue, dotted with vintage fishing gear, artwork, memorabilia and – in case you hadn’t noticed – a 30 ft long fishing boat.The Maevon was rescued and restored by the pair from a storm-worn ocean mooring, far from where it was once used as the Commodore’s Vessel at the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club.
The built was built between 1947 and 1950 by Bert Edmiston in his Dalkeith backyard. With no prior boatbuilding experience or plans, Edmiston impressively used a line drawing as his guide for the Maevon. Since then is has had multiple owners before being permanently moored as the bar at Rodney’s.
Kociuruba and Nisbet’s intention for ‘Rodney’s’ is for it to be a relaxed, unpretentious and inviting neighbourhood hub where locals can chat over a choice selection of beer, wine, cocktails, snacks and coffee and drift away with the historic curios that blanket the walls. Painstakingly collected over a number of years, the bar is completely fit out with repurposed, restored and salvaged material. Bait and tackle are also on offer for anyone so inspired by the venue that they feel like heading to the coast for a fish.
With both owners musicians themselves, the bar will also host carefully-curated, acoustic entertainment and vinyl-only DJs throughout the week. On Fridays punters can also try their luck spinning a wheel for the soon-to-be-famous Friday Night Fish Raffle.
So come drop a line at Rodney’s, we’ll bring the beer and bait.