Oh hello summer, you’ve been missed. The long winter is over and it’s time to emerge from the darkness, pallid complexions and all, to embrace high-altitude drinking.
To get you started, we’ve tracked down nine of Perth’s best rooftop bars so you can soak up some sunshine with your spritz.
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.
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.
The wine list at New Normal is a thing of beauty. All the wines come from Australia's south-west (just like the food in their restaurant downstairs) and they have a couple of delicious orange wines. Don't forget to check out the cocktails on offer too.
Altitude drinking at its finest, Bob’s Bar, named after larrikin Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, combines a killer city view with some awe-inspiring tipples. Skull a pint like Bob or order their monster KFC cocktail jug to ring in the summer.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Mechanics Institute's former bar manager has joined forces with the former head chef from Melbourne's Gingerboy to bring us another awesome rooftop bar. With amazing cocktails, delicious Asian inspired noms and views from six stories up, it's pretty hard to beat an afternoon at Sweetwater.
What was once The Emerson, Prince Lane's three-floor bar is absolutely fabulous, but let's focus on the rooftop shall we? Think loads of greenery against the sparkling CBD skyline, and let's not forget the 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.
The Sherry At The Flour Factory
The Sherry is the cherry on top of the unique multi-level bar and restaurant, The Flour Factory. This rooftop terrace bar, in all its exposed brick and hanging garden glory, is the low-key cocktail spot for the sophisticated city crowd. Definitely one of Perth's best rooftop bars.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar
One of the best rooftop bars in Perth, the rooftop bar at Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar doesn’t provide much of a view, but this intimate open-air 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 gay club Connections in pumpin’ Northbridge. 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.
Rooftop Movies (*Bonus Rooftop*)
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.
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Prince Lane | Image credit: Emma Bryant