Bars & Pubs

50 Perth Bars You Should Have Been To

By Kirsty Petrides
27th Jun 2016

Being a Perth resident over the past few years has been a bit like being a proud parent—watching your city get all grown up and mature, exploding with new nightlife options and becoming a pretty rad place to be.

Having said that, with the all the new bars popping up all over the place, it can be hard to know where to go when you fancy a bit of a tipple. So if you’re in the habit of getting a bit overwhelmed come Friday evening when it’s time to pick a drinking hole, don’t fret—we’ve got you covered.

Here are 50 places in Perth to wet your whistle.

  1. Late Night Valentine, Highgate. Cocktails, velvet booths and eats from Short Order Burger Co. Winning.
  2. Strange Company, Fremantle. This new bar has got a sensational drinks list, great bar snacks and wine on tap. I repeat—wine on tap. Run, don’t walk.
  3. Halford Bar, Perth CBD. A contemporary take on the great 1950’s late night lounge bar. You’ll feel at least 40% more elegant after stepping inside. Fact.
  4. Budburst Small Bar, Mount Hawthorn. Formerly Wee Bar, Budburst is now the charming neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant that oozes French sophistication.
  5. Petition, Perth CBD. 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.
  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. Choo Choo’s, Perth CBD. An awesome little bar tucked away in Brookfield Place, with old-school video games, great tunes, amazing cocktails and free popcorn.
  8. Dainty Dowager, Mount Lawley. This new kid on the Beaufort Street block is Perth’s first Asian roasting house, bar and all-round snack joint. Ladsy times ahead.
  9. The Globe, Perth CBD. Wine, cocktails and more than 25 beers on tap. Result.
  10. The Dutch Trading Company, Victoria Park. The latest craft beer venue to hit the Perth bar scene, with 12 rotating taps and 80 bottled beer options. A great spot if you’re looking for rare or hard-to-find beers.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Clarences, Mount Lawley. This cosy gem is just as good for a lazy drink as it is for dinner. If you can get in early and nab the big round table, you'd be foolish not to.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 night.
  17. Public House, Perth CBD. South American wines from regions like Argentina and Chlie feature heavily on this wine list, as do South American beers like Aguila and Quilmes. Pair that with a lively atmosphere and you’ve got your night made.
  18. Whisper Wine Bar, Fremantle. Good things come in small packages, and that couldn’t be truer for this classic little French-inspired wine bar.
  19. Long Chim, Perth CBD. This place boats a cellar bar with world class Thai-market inspired eats.
  20. The Blue Flamingo, Leederville. This new member of the Leederville family screams fun, with its colourful interior, live entertainment and of course their drinks and snacks.
  21. Mrs Brown’s, North Fremantle. Easily one of the best bars in Perth. Great drinks, great tunes, great services, great vibes, and Flipside Burgers bringing your dinner from next door.
  22. The Precinct, Victoria Park. The good people behind The Precint are passionate about sourcing wines that are sustainably farmed, organic and biodynamic. So you don’t have to feel guilty about drinking. What a win.
  23. The Flour Factory, Perth CBD. This place boasts the CBD’s largest gin and fortified wine collection, and has 24 different gin and tonic combos. Decisions, decisions…
  24. 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.
  25. Laneway Lounge, Perth CBD. Laneway makes cocktails an art form. Take friends and get the SpeakEasy Iced Tea—a cocktail for two or three people served smoking in an antique teapot. Fancy.
  26. The Mark, Fremantle. Freo’s newest rooftop beer garden perched atop of the MANY 6160 building.
  27. The Rosemount Hotel, North Perth. Whether you’re there for some live music or a lazy sunday session in the huge outdoor courtyard, 'The Rosie' holds a special place in many a Perthians' heart.
  28. Juanita’s, Subiaco. This unassuming place in Subiaco has got a delightful South-American inspired wine list guaranteed to make you swoon.
  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. Brooklyn Lounge, Claremont. Every cocktail on this menu is impressive—as is the wide selection of beer, wine, spirits and ciders.
  31. Vin and Oli, Fremantle. Sit and people watch on Fremantle’s famous cafe strip with one of Vin and Oli’s delectable wines.
  32. The Classroom, North Perth. This cosy bar on Charles Street has some of the best bartenders you’ll find in Perth, helping you make your wine selection or creating a cocktail masterpiece before your eyes.
  33. No Mafia, Northbridge. This wine bar and cucina offers up a wine list featuring the best of Southern Italy and WA.
  34. 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.
  35. Dominion League, Northbridge. With barstaff dedicated to the art of the cocktail, and a diverse selection of craft beers and fine wines, Dominion League can whet your whistle with whatever you want.
  36. Mechanic’s Institute, Northbridge. An oldie but a goodie. Great cocktails, fun bartenders and awesome music make for a memorable night.
  37. Frisk, Northbridge. You have never seen more gin in one place before, and the bartenders will happily create something spectacular for you.
  38. Bathers Beach Club, Fremantle. Enjoy a beverage pretty much right on the sand at Fremantle’s iconic Bathers Beach.
  39. Bad Apples, Applecross. They have self-serve wine dispensers for patrons to fill up their wine glass with. Apparently they have an official name—an Enomatic Wine System—but ‘self-serve wine dispensers’ sounds like much more fun.
  40. Whipper Snapper Distillery, East Perth. This is Perth’s first urban distillery and whiskey bar. Very impressive for both the eyes and the tastebuds.
  41. Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge. This sophisticated place on William Street has regularly changing selections of cheeses and handmade salumi to accompany their wine list.
  42. 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.
  43. Enriques School For To Bullfighting, Highgate. Stocking some of the best gin in Perth, grab a drink at the bar (which is also stocked with wine, sherry and beer), or settle in for some tasty food—this place is a much-loved fave.
  44. Hopscotch Bar, South Perth. This little gem on Angelo Street has a heap of beer and cider options, as well as delectable snacks to line your stomach with.
  45. The Belasyse, Perth CBD. Tucked away on Shafto Lane is this great bar that also dishes up tapas focused on local healthy produce and inspired by France, Italy and Spain.
  46. Sneaky Tony’s, Northbridge. This mysterious rum bar in Northbridge’s Chinatown is not to be missed.
  47. The Bird, Northbridge. This casual backyard hipster hangout and live music mecca is the perfect place to see a cool new band or while away a Sunday arvo.
  48. Pleased To Meet You, Northbridge. This big mess hall type venue serves up bevvies and snacks inspired by Central and South America.
  49. Varnish On King, Perth CBD. This place boasts one of the most extensive whiskey lists you’ll ever find. If you’re not a whiskey fan, don’t fret—they also have an impressive wine and beer collection.
  50. Angels’ Cut by The Trustee, Perth CBD. This bar offers beautiful furnishings, quirky decor, groovy beats, delicious 'share style' food and friendly service.

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Bad Apples | Image credit: Nancy Hanna

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