High-altitude drinking is the best way to make the most of any slither of sunshine you can find this winter.
To get you started, we’ve tracked down Perth’s best rooftop bars so you can soak up some rays in between all the wet.
Terrarium Bar is the lush new addition to Perth CBD's cocktail scene. Led by one of Perth's all-time best bartenders, the drinks are beyond good, especially when you can sip 'em up on the leafy private rooftop beneath sparkling festoon lights. Gather some mates, throw on a few plates from the rockstar kitchen and spend an afternoon working your way through the entire drinks list.
Didn't know there was a hotel in Subiaco? Now you do. It’s the Vibe Hotel and one of the best bits about it is the picture-perfect rooftop restaurant and bar boasting sweeping views of the city. The wholesome meals are designed to share and we reckon you should dive right in with the Rapple cocktail—it tastes just like an apple and rhubarb pie.
Hello Rooftop Bar At The Rechabite
It's tempting to take a seat downstairs at Double Rainbow but you'll kick yourself if you don't head all the way up to Hello Rooftop Bar for the raspberry sour bomb cocktail. It's light and refreshing and goes down like water; lucky it's on tap so you won't have to wait too long for the next one.
Songbird At The Ritz
We reckon this rooftop needs a little more credit, because honestly, the views are unbeatable. Located upstairs at The Ritz Carlton in Elizabeth Quay, you get sweeping views over the water and into the city, topped off with boujee nibbles and beautiful cocktails inspired by native birds. They've even got heaters and blankets to keep you warm, so why wait for summer?
Grab a perch in the lush rooftop garden at Hadiqa and sip on a Turkish Delight Martini (with a real Turkish delight garnish) as you take in the views over Hibernian Place and wonder why anyone would live anywhere else.
Located within the DoubleTree Waterfront in Elizabeth Quay, 18 Knots is the hotel's rooftop bar complete with a wrap-around balcony, so you can really soak up every inch of those panoramic waterfront and city vistas. Just make sure you grab a pretty cocktail before you head out for your golden hour sip.
The National Hotel
This longstanding Freo favourite recently opened up their rooftop bar and we're oh so glad they did. With incredible 360 degree views over Fremantle, out past the cranes of the port and towards Rottnest, The National Hotel is the perfect spot to relax with an ice cold brew.
Mechanics Institute’s tiered rooftop bar in the hidden, but by no means secret, alleyway behind William Street is a much-loved Perth drinking institution and one of Perth's best rooftop bars. One epic bloody mary on this rooftop and you’ll swear you are kickin’ it in trendy Brooklyn.
Perched high above the rooftops of William Street, The Aviary sent Perth hurtling into the new age of high-altitude hospitality. The oasis-like outdoor space is filled with lush trees, relaxed furniture and all of the jungle vibes—so there's a high probability you'll never want to leave.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
With amazing cocktails, delicious Asian-inspired nom noms and views from six stories up, it's pretty hard to beat an afternoon at Sweetwater.
Prince Lane's rooftop bar boasts loads of greenery set against the sparkling CBD skyline. There's also a rooftop karaoke suite decked out with an uber-luxe tropical vibe.
Tiki As FK
Tiki As FK is not your average tiki bar. With an unexpected outdoor terrace boasting epic views of the city, plenty of tropical cocktails and a few bar bites to line the stomach, you'll want to add this one to your tiki hit list stat.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar
The rooftop bar at Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar doesn’t provide much of a view, but this intimate space will win you over with its delicious cocktails and epic Japanese whiskey selection.
The Reveley has a cafe and restaurant, both of which are serving up delish eats. But if it's a killer view of Perth that you're after you'll want to head straight to the rooftop bar and grab a cocktail.
Rooftop At QT
QT's rooftop bar is pumping on the weekends. So much so you can hear the volume of boozed chatter rise as you ascend the hotel tower in the elevator. With gorgeous views of the CBD skyline and killer cocktails, this is certifiably the place to go if you want to party.
I’m surprised I haven’t heard more hype about the refurbished rooftop terrace at the much-loved Northbridge club, Connections. Leave the drag queen fuelled dance party inside to drink in million dollar city views with your wine, then go back to the drag queens. Because, drag queens.
Not technically a rooftop, but trust us, the raised outdoor deck at The Standard gives the same sun-soaked vibes you're chasing.
It’s not exactly a bar but the Northbridge Rooftop Movies boast one of the best rooftops in Perth. When you park yourself on a beanbag amidst the colourful lanterns, AstroTurf and pink flamingoes, there can be no doubt that summer has arrived. Sip on your wine and take in the 360-degree views while watching a flick. You'll just have to wait for this one to open back up in summer.
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Image credit: Elle Borgward (Terrarium)