Oh hello summer, you’ve been missed. The long winter (LOL not really, it was like a week of rain and two and a half cold nights) is over and it’s time to emerge from the darkness, pallid complexions and all, to embrace the new culture of 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 adult drinky-poos.
The Emerson has had a name change and it's now Prince Lane. It's also had a bit of a makeover and all three floors are 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.
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!
It has recently been dubbed Australia’s 2015 best small bar, but the crew here aren't letting it get to their head. 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 for 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 two-person Tiki cocktail 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.
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
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!
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.
Sitting pretty on St Georges Terrace, 77 Social offers some sweet views of the terrace, but you'll probably be sidetracked by the super cute interiors downstairs tbh. Take in the cute milkbar vibes and all of the neon pink before heading upstairs to sit on the rooftop with a cocktail in hand, and maybe a burger too.
Rooftop Movies (**Bonus Rooftop!**)
Wildcard! 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 some Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Prince Lane | Image credit: Emma Bryant