There have been very few things as difficult as narrowing down a list of the best bars in Perth, but we’re giving it a go. We’ve spent many a night trailing around our city, sampling one too many drinks and bar hopping around all in the name of narrowing down this list.
From artisanal cocktail bars that never go out of style, secret underground locations that you have to work for or just seriously good wine bars that provide glass upon glass of mouthwatering vino, we’ve scouted a huge range to choose from.
Here are some of the best bars in Perth to check out.
Republic Of Fremantle
Republic of Fremantle is the new distillery sitting pretty alongside the heritage buildings on Pakenham street. While the moody interiors and high-end nibbles are hard to ignore, it’s the drinks that steal the show—no surprise considering the effort that has gone into distilling the brand’s award-winning signature gin and vodka from grape to glass. Start with a tasting flight then head on to the cocktail list—it’s overflowing with modern creations, spiced up classics, and beautiful bottled concoctions.
Taking over the former Panama Social site, Neon Palms is the brainchild of owners and hospitality aficionados Hayden Carter and Sasha Fagan. Its lush, neon-clad interiors offer the perfect vacay-worthy escape right here in Perth, thanks largely to the smashable summer cocktails, moreish Latin American eats and cool Miami-Vice vibes. Grab one of their neon margaritas and an empanada or two then cosy up in a booth or chill in the courtyard—either way, you’re in for a good night.
Clarence’s Company Store
Iconic Mount Lawley small bar, Clarences, reopened its doors as Clarences Company Store this year and we’re pleased to say the revamp might just be better than the original. The new bar and talented team brings with it a fresh spin, adopting moody elements of New Orleans’ French Quarter in the food, drink and fitout—think jazz, dark corners, boujee bites and a good splash of whiskey. After stopping at the bar for one of their killer cocktails, head straight through to the courtyard area and chill under the canopy of fairy lights.
Foxtrot Unicorn may not have been around too long, but with some of the best bartenders in Australia, they absolutely deserve a spot on the list. These guys are shaking the very best cocktails with moody vibes and cheesy jaffles to boot. What's not to love?
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel’s big old school hotel vibes along with its stellar drinks list and delicious pub fare make this a must-visit whenever you're in the city. If you feel like getting fancy after a drink at the pub, make your way to the tiny dining room fleur for a meal that will knock your socks off.
There are so many different wines on offer at Strange Company, we still haven’t managed to finish the list. This small bar is always packed, and with good reason. The staff are cool, the food is excellent and the drinks are always flowing, making it the perfect bar if you ask us.
Mechanics Institute is just a hop, skip and jump away from James Street, and it is very, very cool. Pop up the stairs and take a seat in their multi-level outdoor rooftop area, before grabbing yourself a cheeky cocktail (trust us, these bartenders know their stuff) or something from their extensive range of wine and craft frothies.
Pep’s Wine Bar
Peppermint Grove has been crying out for a neighbourhood bar of this calibre for some time, and it shows—Pep’s Wine Bar has been pretty consistently packed since opening last October. Its casual suburban dining space, complete with exposed brick and timber furnishings, provides a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere for exploring the 230-plus bottle contemporary wine list, which features a mix of minimal intervention wines that are all too tough to choose between. We suggest you just head to the bar and ask the staff for some help.
Opening in 2019 and quickly becoming a crowd favourite, there's a lot to love about West Leedy bar slash bittle shop, Besk. The urban fit-out, the delicious eats and of course, the ridiculous number of craft beers on offer. While you can just order from the bar, we quite like choosing a bottle of wine from the bottle shop inside for a bit of extra choice.
For a range of excellent craft beer and killer cocktails, Percy Flint should be your go-to. It’s no surprise that South Freo locals are obsessed; the venue is beautiful, the staff are welcoming and the drinks are damn good. The outdoor bar is draped in fairy lights and perfect in summer, and the indoor bar has a huge fireplace to keep everyone toasty in winter.
Setting up shop in the back courtyard of Drift Cafe, SKØL means “cheers” in Norse, so it should come as no surprise that it is Scandi inspired all the way. From the simple, yet elegant menu—which favours natural wines and house-crafted brews along with charcuterie boards and share plates, all perfect for long afternoons grazing and drinking—to the clean-cut minimalist decor and welcoming laid back vibes.
Wines Of While
Located on the northern end of William St, Wines of While is our top pick for really, really good natural wines. Food-wise, choose something from the delicious rustic French-Italian menu, and pair it with a perfect pet nat. We’re all about our minimal intervention wines, and this is the perfect spot to get into them. Soak in the fantastic, chilled-to-the-max atmosphere, and set up shop to drink the day away.
Picabar is the most chilled hangout we can think of. If you fancy a seriously good burger or steak sanga then head over and grab a good old pint in the breezy outdoor beer garden—it opens out onto the bustling Northbridge Cultural Centre so you can take in the lively atmosphere while you drink.
Boasting a dining area, outdoor courtyard AND a rooftop deck (hint hint, perfect for functions), there’s nothing you can’t have at The Standard. Hit it up for the Lazy Sunday special (a delicious and affordable lazy susan platter deal ranging from Balinese to American to pretty much any cuisine you can think of) and wash all that great food down with something from their massive drinks menu.
Alfred’s Pizzeria is tucked away in the heart of the CBD and provides the perfect combo of good food and drinks, all served up with a side of rock 'n roll. The cocktail, wine and spirits list have enough to satisfy the whole crew, but it’s the beer that has us coming back for more. Not your usual beer menu, the selection is loaded with variety. Much like their cheesy pizzas, which you can order by the slice.
Europe called and Si Paradiso replied with its seriously aesthetic Italian vibes. Think mosaic tiling and stained glass windows inside with vibrant beach umbrellas and abundant greenery that flows through the large amphitheatre outside. Home to many a DJ sesh and the odd disco ball, this joint oozes retro-cool and backs it up with a cracking drinks list which you can pair with a cheesy slice from their woodfired pizza menu.
Sunsets, seafood and sauvignon, just down the road from the beach—what more could you want? Madalena’s Wine and Seafood Bar in South Freo is just the spot to satisfy all your Sunday arvo needs. And if that's not enough, we reckon they deserve bonus points for sustainability—Madalena’s works directly with local fishers to share the love. Go on, breathe in that sea air and grab some fresh oysters while you sip on organic wine.
Redesigned by world-renowned bar designer Ashley Sutton, Darling Darling is based on a seafarer’s tipple spot from the 1800s, for weary sailors who spent years at sea travelling from overseas to Fremantle. Located in the old Sadleirs building in Henry Street (just a few small steps from the docks), this small bar will have you feeling like you’re legit sipping a G&T below the deck of a ship.
Joe’s Juice Joint and Alabama Song
Sitting just off William Street is this dynamic duo: Joe’s Juice Joint and Alabama Song. Start downstairs at Joe’s and vibe in the dim lights to some loud rock music while downing a Pickle Back (a whiskey shot followed by a pickle juice shot—it sounds nuts but trust us, it works). To round the night off, pop upstairs to Alabama Song where you can have an Americana-style boogie on the floor with some good ol’ bourbon.
Jungle Bird in Fremantle is bringing plenty of laid back, beachy vibes to the west end. Open seven days a week, you’ll find loads of Caribbean delights like jerk chicken with Jamaican rice alongside boutique rums, whiskeys and dark spirits, as well as killer cocktails, craft beers and a few tasty wines. Bring on the relaxed arvo drinks, this High Street bar slash cafe is just what the Freo doctor ordered.
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