The Best Perth Bars You Should Have Been To

By Sarah Joanna Pope - 27 Jun 2017

From brown paper bagged beers to back alley cocktails, we’ve compiled a bucket list of Perth bars that you really should have been to. Some are pretty new and some are staying young at heart. Either way, put your party pants on, dear reader, and see how many of these Perth bars you can check off the list.

Here are the best Perth's bars you should have been to. 

  1. Strange Company, Fremantle. This Freo bar has got a sensational drinks list, great bar snacks and wine on tap. I repeat—wine on tap. Run, don’t walk.
  2. Halford Bar, Perth. A contemporary take on the great 1950’s late night lounge bar. You’ll feel at least 40% more elegant after stepping inside. Fact.
  3. Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge. 50s diner and inspired Pulp Fiction fun without the hypodermic needle to the heart. Knock back spiked milkshakes, some Slim fries and twist to your heart’s content.
  4. Tiki As Fk, Northbridge. With an unexpected outdoor terrace boasting epic views of the city, plenty of tropical cocktails and a few bar bites to line the stomach, you'll want to add this one to your tiki hit list stat.
  5. Budburst Small Bar, Mount Hawthorn. Formerly Wee Bar, Budburst is the charming neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant that oozes French sophistication.
  6. Rodney's Bait and Tackle, Mosman Park. Decked out with nautical theming and featuring live tunes, having a bad time at Rodney’s is near impossible.
  7. No Mafia, Northbridge. This wine bar and cucina offers up a wine list featuring the best drops from Southern Italy and WA.
  8. Long Chim, Perth CBD. This place boasts a cellar bar with world class Thai-market inspired eats.
  9. 399 Bar, Perth. Enjoy greasy takeout from surrounding Chinatown with your martini in this unpretentious hole-in-the-wall cocktail bar. 
  10. The Old Laundry, North Perth. Light, airy and spacious, grab your mates and settle in—this place has got the goods to make your day or night.
  11. The Bird, Northbridge. This casual backyard hipster hangout and live music hall is the perfect place to see a cool new band and maybe even meet a guy with a #manbun.
  12. Bob's Bar, Perth. Shout your favourite Bob Hawke quote from this rooftop bar atop the historic West Australian print factory. 
  13. Clarences, Mount Lawley. Exposed brick, vintage decor and a charming courtyard set the tone in this small neighbourhood bar on Beaufort Street.
  14. Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, Perth. These guys have got all the bases covered, featuring a beer corner, wine bar and merchant if you feel like taking some extra bevvies home with you. Perth bars have never looked so good.
  15. The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge. Featuring the cream of the crop of Australian jazz talent in a relaxed setting. Drop in for a quick drink after work or stay and make a night of it...they are open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
  16. The Beach Club, Cottesloe. This prepster beer garden in Cottesloe is the perfect locaysh for a Sunday sesh.
  17. Bar Lafayette, Perth CBD. This classic old world cocktail bar has a diverse wine list, boutique beers and amazing food to accompany your drink of choice.
  18. Dominion League, Northbridge. Nestle into your velour booth in this irresistibly dark and moody bar and basement. A sultry Perth bar if ever there was one.
  19. The Blue Flamingo, Leederville. This member of the Leederville family screams fun, with its colourful interior, live entertainment and of course their drinks and snacks.
  20. Enrique’s School for to Bullfighting, Mount Lawley. A quirky bar on Beaufort Street where the secret ingredient to your bespoke gin and tonic combo is… love.
  21. Lot 20, Northbridge. Northbridge’s friendliest small bar offers up some delightful ‘Fancy Drinks’ such as the Nitro Espresso Highball—vodka, espresso, Kahlua and chocolate. Yum.
  22. Alabama Song, Northbridge. John Mellencamp, free peanuts and all the whiskey in all the land is what you’ll find here. Fun is on the cards.
  23. Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodlebar, Northbridge. Enter via the front laundromat into Perth’s first partially crowd funded cocktail and noodle bar. From the kids who brought you The Classroom. 
  24. Ezra Pound, Northbridge. Get boozed with brown paper bagged beers in this alleyway—without the police arresting you. Noice.
  25. Alfred's Pizzeria. Small Bar, Perth. From the legends behind Frisk, this Perth bar is bringing the good people of Perth amazing pizza, epic cocktails and the best cognac you'll ever lay eyes on. 
  26. Mechanics Institute, Northbridge. Meet me at this Perth bar if you like rooftops, flirty bartenders, rad cocktails, burgers and listening to Meatloaf. 
  27. The Dutch Trading Company, Victoria Park. With 12 rotating taps and 80 bottled beer options, this is a great spot if you’re looking for rare or hard-to-find beers.
  28. El Publico, Highgate. With an impressive tequila menu and some of the best Mexican street food in town, this bar is always buzzing and for good reason.
  29. Young George, East Fremantle. This place has an epic wine list and an even more epic wine store, so if you enjoy a glass at their bar, pop next door and grab yourself a bottle to take home.
  30. Sneaky Tony’s, Northbridge. A sneaky little speakeasy that won’t stay a secret for long. Learn the password to get your sticky hands on their rum-based cocktail selection.
  31. The Standard, Northbridge. Setting the standard (see what I did there?) for the burgeoning Northbridge bar scene, this Roe Street bar expertly waters and feeds its patrons in a lofty industrial space.
  32. Joe’s Juice Joint, Northbridge. Celebrate tomorrow’s hangover with a few more tipples at this late night dive bar.
  33. Jimmy’s Den, Northbridge. Rising from the ashes of an old 70’s gambling den, this bar and live music venue is bringing some serious street cred to P-town. 
  34. Whisper Wine Bar, Fremantle. Good things come in small packages, and that couldn’t be truer for this classic little French-inspired wine bar.
  35. Bill’s Bar and Bites, Leederville. Leederville Hotel’s latest reincarnation has something for everyone; no matter whether you’re an Emu Bitter aficionado or a pool playing cocktail snob. 
  36. Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge. A sexy little minx of a Perth bar/restaurant located on the ground floor of the new Alex Hotel.
  37. Varnish on King, Perth. Named Australia's best small bar in Bartender Magazine's prestigious Small Bar of the Year Awards, this American-style whiskey basement bar is the jewel in the crown on King Street. Did someone say whiskey and bacon pairings?
  38. Bathers Beach Club, Fremantle. Enjoy a beverage right on the sand at Fremantle’s iconic Bathers Beach.
  39. Choo Choo’s, Perth. Choo Choo’s is the black sheep of the suit-clad Brookfield Place family and one of the best bars in Perth. This hip little dive serves up good drinks, good times and good manners (name-dropping not allowed). 
  40. Guildhall, Fremantle. Soak up some booze and heritage-chic in the refurbished North Fremantle Town Hall, the latest bar child from the peeps behind Mechanics Institute and Mrs Brown.
  41. Connections, Northbridge. After a pretty sweet refurb, Perth bar, Connections now boasts a sophisticated rooftop terrace and the same pumping dance floor. It’s also the place where I saw my first man in ass-less chaps… but I digress.
  42. Public House, Perth. This inner city bar and eatery serves up South American-inspired food and drink. There is even a cocktail tasting board for the indecisive. 
  43. Mrs Brown's, North Fremantle. Easily one of the best bars in Perth. Great drinks, great tunes, great service, great vibes, and Flipside Burgers bringing your dinner from next door.
  44. Hula Bula Bar, Perth. Like Gilligan’s Island on speed, this kitschy Tiki Bar is a favourite with Perth's cocktail enthusiasts. 
  45. The Stanley, Wembley. This relaxed neighbourhood haunt in Wembley exudes English pub appeal in spades.
  46. The Cabin, Mount Hawthorn. This little gem of a Perth bar brings ski lodge cosiness, complete with fireplace and mulled wine to the buzzy Mount Hawthorn neighbourhood.
  47. Frisk. Small Bar, Northbridge. Frisk likes gin. If you like gin and they like gin, then why not like gin together?
  48. Bobeche, Perth. Cocktails, free buttery popcorn and a sophisticated speakeasy feel make this city cocktail den a stayer.
  49. The Odd Fellow, Fremantle. Rooftop bars not your thang? Descend the steps into this refurbed basement bar and live music venue beneath the Norfolk Hotel. 
  50. Percy Flint, Fremantle. A much-loved local watering hole, these guys do booze and food and they do them well.  
  51. Late Night Valentine, Highgate. Cocktails, velvet booths and eats from Short Order Burger Co. Winning.
  52. The Flour Factory, Perth. This place boasts the CBD’s largest gin and fortified wine collection and has 24 different gin and tonic combos. Decisions, decisions…
  53. Double Double, Subiaco. Don’t be fooled by its size, the smallest small bar in Perth packs a punch. Burgers, beers, cocktails and wines—this place has something for everyone.
  54. Alter Ego, Fremantle. These guys dish up some of the best cocktails in Perth in the laid-back setting of The Mantle. Hot tip—get the espresso martini.
  55. Refuge Small Bar, Subiaco. These guys are certainly the new cool kids in town and they're doing craft beer and hipster beards like no one else. Friday night in Subi just got a whole lot better.

Want more of the best bars in Perth? Search 'bars' in The Directory!

Tiki As Fk| Image credit: Nancy Hanna

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