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.
Gracing Perth since 2012, Bar Lafayette provides an intimate space perfect for winding down. Their plush sofas will have you never wanting to move, luckily the service here is so good that you don’t have to. The main attraction would have to be the comprehensive list of delectable cocktails, from light and fruity, dark and decadent or blazed and smoked, we guarantee there’s something for everyone. It’s not surprising that two of the bartenders here scored on the list of top 100 bartenders in Australia.
The Peach Pitt
Who doesn’t love a good Sunday sesh? And there’s no place we’d rather be than The Peach Pitt. The venue oozes a summery vibe with its beachfront views and lush greenery and the drinks menu is packed with heaps of options. We can never seem to go past a jug of the Seabreeze Spritz with watermelon, pampelle and bubbles, perfect for sharing.
It’s probably safe to say we’ve never seen a drinks menu this big. While the booze at Long Chim is more on the pricier side, we definitely recommend splashing some cash and getting a good bottle to share. The bartenders here have won awards and have a gift for finding something to suit any palate. While we don’t mind a Stone and Wood on tap, it’s the Mango Milk Negroni that has us running back for more.
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 quirky, the food is excellent and the drinks are always flowing, what more could you want?
Our top pick for combating a Sunday hangover? The Epic Bloody Mary’s at Mechanics Institute. This spicy drink comes topped with a mini burger from Flipside burgers and, combined with the fresh air and open view from this awesome rooftop bar, will banish any hangover.
If you’re heading anywhere this weekend, make sure you pop into Tiny’s for a cocktail or five. The menu is seasonal and the options are limitless. Our current favourite is the Sage Advice with Bati White rum, charred pineapple, sage, burnt butter and lime. In the mood for wine? Their collection holds around 300 or so different bottles, so take your pick.
Rodney’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle
A guaranteed fun night out, Rodney’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle is one we’re constantly revisiting. This small bar is always pumping awesome tunes and serving up seriously good drinks. Most weekends you’ll find a live band playing and a range of people looking to chat or rip it up on the dance floor. The beers on tap are what we travel to Rodney’s for, they’re always changing and never disappoint.
The Flour Factory
Half the fun of The Flour Factory is throwing down 10 bucks, spinning the gin wheel and having a delicious cocktail created for you. Safe to say, we’ve had one too many gin and tonics at this joint, but with the huge selection of gins on offer, you’d be silly not to. The bartenders are also some of the friendliest and are always keen for a chat, plus they love to experiment with the drinks menu.
We love a hidden bar as much as the next person, especially if it serves delicious drinks and free buttery popcorn, that’s why Bobeche ticks all our boxes. This dimly lit bar is extremely intimate and the perfect place for after work drinks in the CBD. If you’ve had a long day we highly recommend the Fish House Punch with Pampero Anejo rum, Martell VS cognac and peach.
Varnish On King
If you’re heading to Varnish On King, you’re having something with whiskey, no questions asked. Even if it isn’t your usual nectar, the bartenders here are so good we guarantee they’ll whip up something to your liking. Make sure to give the whiskey and bacon flights a go; four styles of pork paired perfectly with whiskey. Fear not, if you’re really not keen to give whiskey a go, they also do a rosé bacon flight.
The bar that started our love affair with gin, The Standard is the place we’ll visit week after week. The rooftop patio is secluded and gorgeous, perfect for date night or drinks with mates. If you’re heading there this weekend, we highly recommend trying the Yes Way Rosé, a blend of Tanqueray gin, watermelon, rosé, grapefruit sherbet, strawberry purée and lemon balm. Sounds decedent because it is, much like every other cocktail on the menu. Head on down and treat yourself.
If you’re on the hunt for late night pizza, drinks and rock ‘n’ roll, then look no further. Alfred’s Pizzeria is tucked away in the heart of the CBD and provides the perfect combo of good food and drinks. 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 pizzas, which you can order by the slice.
The cocktail menu at Measure is short and sweet, much like their deserts. While they’re well known for making amazing deserts, their salted caramel old fashioned is second to none.
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 espresso martini with spiced rum, caramel and toasted marshmallows is next level 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.
An all-time favourite, Si Paradiso is hands down one of the best venues in Perth. The drinks on offer are one of the reasons we keep running back, they’re so well made and worth every penny. If we had to pick one cocktail that topped them all it would be the limoncello spritz with applewood limoncello, lemon thyme, prosecco and soda.
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