OH MY GOD IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS. Nobody panic. It was only Easter like five minutes ago, but that’s cool.
Have we started our Christmas shopping? No. Have we planned what dish we are contributing to the traditional Christmas feast? No. Have we started mentally preparing ourselves for a whole day spent with our extended family, including our weird uncle who always smells funny, and our fourth-cousins who we can’t stand? No.
So let’s just have a drink instead, shall we? That’s what Christmas is all about anyway. Here are the 11 of the best Perth bars for a Christmas drink.
The Left Bank
In case you have been living under a Santa-sized rock, the only place to be on Christmas Eve is The Left Bank. For years they have been holding their famous Christmas Eve ‘do, ensuring that the good people of Perth wake up on Christmas morning with a pounding headache, a questionable Snapchat story and no idea how they got home. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.
The Flour Factory
Spinning the gin wheel at The Flour Factory and getting surprised with which gin concoction you get to devour is basically like opening a Christmas present, isn’t it? We think so. Merry spinning!
Want to go somewhere where you can walk up to the bar and demand that they make you a cocktail that tastes like Christmas pudding? Well, you should probably go to Halford Bar. The mixologists here are next level and will deliver whatever your little festive heart desires.
Because at least one—if not all—of the bartenders at the Mechanics Institute will have epic beard game. That is a guarantee. Which means they will resemble Santa Claus. Tip—take some Christmas baubles with you and ask if you can decorate their beard. Bartenders love it when you do that.
Nobody does Christmas quite like the Italians, so enjoying a Chrissie bevvy in the Tuscan-inspired surrounds of No Mafia sounds like a winner. Plus, their antipasti boards look pretty darn festive to us, so it’s really a no-brainer.
We know Christmas shouldn’t be all about presents, but let’s not kid ourselves—Christmas is totally about presents. Which is why our bank balance looks sadder than poor rejected Rudolph as Chrissie Day approaches. Never fear though, because the good people at Pinchos have some epic happy hour deals like $1 pintxos and a ponies of Estrella Damm for just $3.50 a pop. We know where we’ll be.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
What is Christmas without a rooftop party? Lame, that’s what. So get yourself to Sweetwater and soak up all the sunshine and rooftop fun.
Young Love Mess Hall
If you haven’t been down to this new addition to Northbridge’s bar scene, then give yourself a Christmas gift by taking yourself to Young Love Mess Hall for a drink or seven. Not only is the beverage list impressive, the whole place is covered in greenery so you’ll feel like you’re inside a giant Christmas tree. And at the end of the day, that’s all anyone really wants, isn’t it?
Ever wondered how rich people spend Christmas? They go to the Hamptons. All of them. So why not pretend to do the same? Find your best head-to-toe white outfit and high-fashion floppy hat, and head to this superb new coastal venue for a spot of festive-season fanciness.
Mad Dogs Jungle Bar
Another bar dishing up bargains that won’t make you cry every time you check your bank balance during December. Mad Dogs in Perth have got some sensational dinner and drink deals, like $13 burger and beer combos. ‘Tis the season to be thrifty.
If you’re keen to whet your Christmas whistle with a taste of the exotic, then you need to get to this classy new joint in our city’s west end. The international wine list at Mayfair Lane goes for days, with top notch stuff from France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal—just to name a few. So why not drink enough that you can forget where you are and pretend you’re on a little Chrissie Euro-vacay?
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