Ahhhh how we love Freo. This historic port town exists within its own bohemian bubble and has a vibe as colourful and artsy as its interesting locals. With everything from refined watering holes to the established drinking institutions, Fremantle has something to please everyone.
So without further ado (and in no particular order), we present 16 of Fremantle’s best bars.
Strange Company opened back in 2015 and quickly established itself as one of Fremantle's best bars. The interior is an architectural dream—a glass encased bamboo garden lines the bar area and the rest of the industrial space is littered with interesting design features—and the menu's not too bad either. Head here to sip on a Rum Side Car or familiarise yourself with their extensive wine list and tasty bites.
From the same team behind Strange Company, Ronnie Nights has filled the small-bar-shaped-hole on the Cappucino Strip in everyone's favourite port city. Delivering craft brews, top notch boutique wines, epic cocktails and mouth watering share plates to the good people of Freo, this is the kind of place you never want to leave.
Stable Hands quickly became one of our fave coffee spots when it opened in 2016, but then they went and added dinner and drinks to the mix and blew us out of the water. With plenty of boutique beers, local wines and a few cocktails, you'll definitely want to stop in for a drink or two.
Whisper Wine Bar
A French chateau-style wine bar transplanted into the leafy streets of Freo, we imagine many girls have fallen in love over a cheese platter and French Pinot at the quaint Whisper Wine Bar. The old world charm and delicious wine selection does the same thing to women’s ovaries that High Tea and French Bulldogs do.
Vin And Oli
This dog friendly bar in the heart of Fremantle is the perfect spot to settle in with a glass of vino from their international wine list and listen to house tunes. While you're there, you might as well dig into some cheese croquetas, fried chicken and loaded sweet potato wedges. Well played Vin and Oli, well played.
American BBQ joint and small bar Holy Smokes does not disappoint if you're after American beers or cocktails—think southern iced teas and heaps of Tecate. Head here for a drink and just try and say no to the food (spoiler: you don't want to).
Little Creatures exudes the hippy-tastic Freo vibe in spades. This epic waterside brewery, wine bar and restaurant is the perfect spot to knock back a pint amongst the vats of fermenting brews. A visit to Little Creatures never fails to make you fall in love with Freo all over again.
Descend the steps into basement bar The Aardvark, lurking beneath The Norfolk Hotel, and help yourself to something from the high shelf of their well-stocked bar (just to watch them try and reach that far up—muahahaha!!).
Small-bar Alter Ego serves up pre-prohibition and speakeasy style cocktails from its home in The Mantle. Grab a spot within this historic seaside warehouse and help yourself to an expertly executed craft cocktail.
South Fremantle bar Percy Flint combines our two favourite things—booze and eats—and they do a mighty fine job of it. With loads of craft beers on tap, some killer cocktails and lots of noms, they've got a glorious menu from Tom Josham of Long Chim fame.
The Local Hotel
Yeah yeah, it's a pub, not a bar, so shoot us. The Local Hotel is located in one of its oldest hotels, the old Seaview Hotel in South Freo. It’s pub culture at its best with its relaxed atmosphere and the heritage-chic of the beautifully renovated 1897-built hotel. The drive through bottle shop area has been converted into bar space The Local Garage, which is host to guest food vans and pop ups.
Piggy Food Co
Once a pop up taco joint, Piggy Food Co in North Freo has made the transition to small bar with plenty of craft beer on tap and a grilled cheese menu for when those munchies hit after the kitchen closes at 9pm.
Mrs Brown Bar
Good ol’ Mrs Brown Bar is a local wine bar fit for a badass queen. This cosy and unpretentious watering hole is perf’ for low-key alcohol-fuelled hangs. Cosy up by the fire with a goblet of wine or soak up some rays in their sunny courtyard. Cheese platters or burgers from Flipside next door are the hit-the-spot accoutrements to your tipple time.
On of Fremantle's oldest and best bars, praise the music gods at late night destination Mojos, where Freo’s live music magic happens. Hip-hop, open mic, rock, reggae…they all share the stage at this much-loved Fremantle institution. Its flamboyant exterior is a sign of the party atmosphere contained within—and cheap drinks seal the deal.
The old North Fremantle Town Hall has been beautifully restored to create one heck of an event space at Guildhall. For those of us who haven't managed to get invited to a wedding there, they have pop-up bar events one Sunday a month.
Claiming its rightful space as one of Fremantle's best bars on George Street, Young George is a neighbourhood bar and restaurant made for the foodie-about-Freo-town. Grab a seat at the bar or descend the steps into the lounge area to sip on something fizzy or something strong and martini shaped or…Porque no los dos?
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