Once you get past the absolute shock that this time of year has rolled around again, it’s time to start planning those all-important Christmas drinks. Whether you’re planning a shindig for the entire office, or celebrating those end of year feels with your mates—there are plenty of spots across Perth to get festive.
Capitalise on that open bar and start stacking your social calendar—here are the best places in Perth to have your Christmas party.
Nestled on the rooftop of Hibernian Place, this leafy restaurant is a Middle Eastern inspired gem. The share-style menu is fused with Moroccan and Mediterranean bites so just accept that you’ll end up over-ordering (and still finish every last bite). You can reserve your own piece of the stunning space for groups anywhere between 20 and 200. Book here.
Located in a beautiful heritage building, Garum is inspired by Ancient Roman cuisine and heroes local WA ingredients. Insider tip: if you sneak out of work a little early and visit during Apertivo hours (4.30pm to 6pm) you can score any of their daily specials half price. For something a little more intimate, book their private dining space for up to 12 people. They’ll also be dishing up an epic four course feast on Christmas Day. Book here.
Get ready to boogie, with back-to-back DJ sets at Si Paradiso. With a classic cocktail list plus Neopolitan pizza and antipasto, you have the makings of a stellar night to wrap up the year. Their outdoor amphitheatre fits up to 350 people for dining and dancing under the stars.
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Print Hall Precinct
Call dibs on your own corner of the Print Hall precinct. You know it will deliver. There are a range of Christmas party packages on offer across Bob’s Bar, Gazette and the Apple Daily—with everything from canapés and three course meals to breakfast menus. If you want something more casual then plan your visit around one of its weekly specials—Apple Daily does a $20 express lunch of a main and dessert every weekday. Hello, new daily lunch stop. Book here.
Arthur & Co
If food is your number one priority, then the new Arthur & Co in Hibernian Place could be dishing up the ultimate feed to top off your year. The seasonal, modern Australian menu is brought to you by Chef Graham Arthur, who’s cooked up a storm at some of Perth’s best including Il Lido, Balthazar and Gordon Street Garage. They accept bookings big and small. You can also arrange a set menu or kick it with canapés. Book here.
You won’t have any trouble getting into the Christmas spirit at Hotel Aloft Perth, with all kinds of party packages. Celebrate poolside for $70 ahead with drinks, a barbeque and a DJ. Or if you’d rather something a little more substantial then opt for the rooftop Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and drinks. And of course, if you really want to go all out, limit the stumble home and book a staycation in one of their rooms. Book here.
You’ll be feeling festive after drinking the espresso martinis with baby churros at Los Bravos. The new tapas restaurant from the team behind No Mafia has all kinds of Spanish dishes to get you salivating. Some of the standouts include made to order Paella, 48 hour cured Spanish mackerel and charred Fremantle octopus. You can book the whole William Street venue between 12 and 4pm.
The Flour Factory
Tried and true—The Flour Factory is always good but especially at this time of year. If you’re planning a big shindig, score your very own private rooftop bar and book the Sherry. If you want to get a little more interactive with a few of mates, there’s a couple of Gin 101 Masterclasses before the end of the year. You’ll hone your tasting skills but best of all get to dig into the ginventory with over 100 gins from across the globe. Book here.
Harvey Leigh’s Public House
French, farmhouse food. Killer wine list. Need we say more? Settle into Harvey Leigh’s beer garden with all the creature comforts that make for an excellent Christmas celebration. Or round up your favourite 12 friends and book into their semi-private dining space. Book here.
We thought the State Buildings couldn’t get any more beautiful, but the space is getting a festive makeover with WA themed Christmas installations. Between Post, Petition, Wildflower and Long Chim—you’re spoilt for choice for the perfect venue. Book here.
Tiny’s Bar And Liquor Emporium
Two words: liquor emporium. Yep, it’s safe to say you’ll be covered on the drinks front. Take a look in the kitchen and you’ll find a wood-fired grill and rotisserie. The large venue has indoor and garden function space. Drinks packages start at $40 per person for seasonal cocktails, craft beer and small batch wines. For a casual end of year catch-up, hit up Tiny’s Tasting, where you can sample the latest beer, wines and spirits every Thursday from 4.30 to 6.30pm. And it’s free.
This Freo favourite is now staying up late so skip on in for that end of year dinner. Check out the extensive cocktail menu, but be warned you’ll be hard pressed to stop at just one. And yes, they take function bookings. Book here.
If you’d trade in Christmas pressies for dumplings any day, then Shy John is the ultimate spot to have celebratory drinks. Spread across two-storeys, this Yagan Square yum cha joint and brewery dishes up some authentic Cantonese eats. Book here.
The Beach Club
We think freshly shucked oysters and bubbly should be a prerequisite for any end of year drinks. Every Friday, the Beach Club has three oysters and a glass of Veuve for $20. Or if you want to take it up a notch you can book a package with a cocktail pitcher, canapes, oysters, premium spirits and French champagne.
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