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. And now a new wave of refined watering holes amongst the established drinking institutions means that Fremantle now has something to please everyone.
So without further ado (and in no particular order), we present 17 of Fremantle’s best bars.
Strange Company is proof that Freo nightlife is exiting its awkward teenage years and coming of age. Already establishing itself as one of Fremantle's best bars, the interior is an architect's wet dream—a glass encased bamboo garden lines the bar area and the rest of the industrial space is littered with interesting design features. Head here to sip on a Rum Side Car or familiarise yourself with their extensive wine list and tasty bites.
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.
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.
Stable Hands quickly became one of our fave coffee spots when it opened in 2016, but they've gone and added dinner and drinks to the mix and we're pretty excited. With plenty of boutique beers, local wines and a few cocktails, you'll definitely want to stop in for a drink or two.
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.
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?
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 and Creatures Next Door
Little Creatures and its progeny, Creatures Next Door exude 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.
Who’s Your Mumma?
One of Fremantle's best bars, you can find this week’s cocktail list on the blackboard behind the bar at Who's Your Mumma? The space hits all the marks for the trendy new wave of drinking haunts—an airy industrial space with slicks of wood and minimalistic finishings. Order some Mumma’s Pork Buns and a pint of The Freo Doctor from your tender bartender.
Whisper Wine Bar
A French chateau-style wine bar transplanted into the leafy streets of Freo, I 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.
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.
This quirky Fremantle bar is the perfect place to share some delish eats with friendsover a couple of cocktails. We recommend one of Miss Chat's signature cocktails like Ms Everleigh’s Summer Getaway—West Winds the Sabre, St Germain Elderflower, lavender syrup, lemon juice and orange bitters—or the nitro espresso martini they've got on tap. Anyone thirsty?
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 Odd Fellow
Descend the steps into basement bar The Odd Fellow, 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. One of Fremantle's newest and best bars.
The old North Fremantle Town Hall has been beautifully restored to create the new event space and bar GuildHall. They have pop-up bar events for those of us who haven’t booked our wedding there (forever alone *weeps*).
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. I wish The Local was my local…
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Miss Chat's | Image credit: Elle Borgward