We can barely believe the number of new openings that impressed us this year. Despite all the challenges thrown at the hospo industry, our local heroes forged ahead—opening an array of new restaurants, cafes, and bars to keep Perth’s eager crowds well fed and perfectly boozed up.
But this year we also got quite lucky in the way of breweries, distilleries and urban cellar doors, with not one but five epic new openings all deserving of a shout out.
Here are the new drinking havens you really need to check out (if you haven't already).
Shelter Brewing Co
Busselton is often overshadowed by the lures of shiny new cafes in Dunsborough and the wineries of Margaret River, but the brand new sustainable brewery, Shelter Brewing Co, might just sway you to stay in Busso instead. With plenty of top brews to choose from, we suggest you start by picking up a beer paddle for $15 so you can taste your way through more than one at a time before settling in for a few pints of your fave. If you are sticking around for more than one, you'll want to tuck into some of their beer-friendly bites. Think chip butties, juicy burgs, woodfired pizzas, and a melt-in-your-mouth 12-hour slow cooked beef brisket. Either way, you’ll be spoilt with stunning views of Geographe Bay, thanks to the generous floor to ceiling windows.
Running With Thieves
Fremantle welcomed another brand new world-class brewery and distillery into the mix this year, with Running With Thieves opening to the public last month. The new venue takes pride of place in the historic Sealanes warehouse site in South Fremantle, directly opposite the beach in true Freo style, so you can go from beach to pints in no time. Expect beer paddles, gin flights and an extensive range of drinks to enjoy in-venue or at home for later. There’ll also be plenty of foods you can eat with one hand, leaving one free for drinking. Sounds like we’ll need it tbh.
Bailey Brewing Co
It doesn’t get much better than a family-run operation that is brewing great beer, dishing up epic feeds and paying homage to the history of the massive property it's set on; which is exactly what Bailey Brewing Co in the Swan Valley is doing. Founded by brothers Steven and Daniel and their father Geoff, the trio were homebrewing for a few years before nabbing the 10-acre property which is sitting pretty on the corner of Park and West Swan Road. The brewery, which has a 200,000 litre capacity, is headed up by Damien Bussemaker who has spent the past eight years honing his craft at Elmar’s in the Valley, Mash and most recently, Ogdens in South Perth; so he knows his stuff. Aside from quality craft brews, you can expect a cracking wine list, stacks of beer-friendly grub, plenty of lush outdoor dining space, and even a huge natural playground for the little punters.
Republic Of Fremantle
Sitting pretty alongside the heritage buildings on Pakenham street, Republic of Fremantle is the highly anticipated new distillery that only just opened its doors but has already made quite the impression. 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 signature gin and vodka from grape to glass. Start with one of their tasting flights and take note of your faves so you can pick up a bottle to take home later. When you’re ready, head on to the cocktail list—it’s overflowing with modern cocktail creations, spiced up classics, and beautiful bottled concoctions that are perfect for sharing.
Larry Cherubino Urban Wine Cellar
You may have pulled into Larry Cherubino’s cellar door in Margaret River, but now you can sample their top drops without having to leave Perth. Yep, the brand new Cherubino City Cellar is now open in Subiaco and considering this WA winemaker has been dubbed a ‘top Australian winemaker’ in the Halliday Wine Companion, you can trust that each and every one of the wines on offer is top tier. Pair your wine tastings with some delicious Italian nibbles, have a seat on one of the comfy couches and take in the art from Linton & Kay which lines the walls. Whatever you do, just make sure you take note of which wine you love most so you can take a bottle home for later.