Even if you're not a fan of winter, you have to admit that hanging out with your mates around a fireplace is one of life's greatest pleasures. If you're not lucky enough to have one, Perth is dishing out the goods with fireplaces in cafes, restaurants and bars all around town.
Here are a few of the best fireplaces in Perth to make winter a little more bearable.
This stunning heritage building, which was originally transformed from a house into a restaurant in the 80s, is a feast for the senses. With its exposed brick walls, arched doorways and polished wooden floorboards, the restored fireplaces are just one of the reasons you'll love Julio's. Order the gnocchi, a glass or two of red wine and get cosy!
The Brisbane Hotel
A year-round fave, The Brisbane Hotel has a palm filled beer garden to hang out in during summer and a toasty fire to huddle over in winter. With a menu full of modern pub-grub, delicious beers on tap and comedy upstairs, it makes for a perfect mid-week winter evening.
Moore and Moore
The laid back feels at Moore & Moore make for an excellent winter hangout. With its vintage couches and a long list of warm beverages to enjoy by the fire, it’s the perfect place to lay back with your work, a good book or a friend on a cold day.
With brown leather chesterfield couches, dimmed lighting and deer heads on an exposed brick wall, The Cabin is the ultimate setting to meet your mates for a nightcap on a chilly evening—if you get in early, you may just get lucky enough to score a seat near the fireplace.
Mrs Browns Bar
This cosy neighbourhood bar in North Freo has strategically put a fireplace in their courtyard, so locals can hang outside even in the winter. Sit down to a cheese platter, a glass of wine or a Flipside burger delivered from next door and you have the perfect winter evening ahead of you.
This 1920’s building with its sprawling terrace is shaded by trees in the summer and warmed by a fire during the winter. With the beer flowing on tap, good honest pub grub and live music, it’s got everything a hotel pub should have, and then some.
Rodney’s Bait And Tackle
Rodney’s has fast become a favourite spot for the people of Perth to grab a drink from their boat-shaped bar and watch live jazz surrounded by a wall covered in collector’s items. A treat for the eyes, ears and the taste buds, Rodney’s also has a fireplace conveniently situated next to some super comfy couches so you can hunker down for the night.
The Rose & Crown
Who doesn’t love a little trip to the greener pastures of Guildford in winter? Next time you’re stumped for what to do on a wintery day, head to The Rose & Crown (aka the oldest hotel in the state) for a pub lunch by the fire and you’re sorted.
The Village Bar
Subi’s answer to a cosy meal by the fire is The Village Bar. A nice big pub with arched windows, a skylight to keep you warm on a winter's day and of course, a cosy fireplace. They serve all your favourite comfort foods but they do them with a twist—like their bangers and mash with apple slaw and balsamic onion jus or their 250g rump steak with truffle mash and swiss brown mushrooms—it doesn’t get more comforting than that.
We can't get enough of Percy Flint's courtyard in summer, but come winter, we're all about their cosy fireplace. Couple that with a glass of mulled wine and you've got yourself the perfect winter afternoon.
The Oxford Hotel
The Oxford Hotel’s charming colonial building has endearing English pub vibes complete with a delightfully cosy fireplace. Serving pub grub but a little fancier, you’ll find comfort food like Angus beef cheeks with creamy mash and braising liquor or baked barramundi fillet on the menu to keep you warm this winter.
While a warm fire is a definite incentive to hang out at Stables Bar during the cooler months, it’s certainly not the only one. With a menu featuring some the most mouth-watering food money can buy—think beer marinated wings with mustard cheese and pickled jalapenos or pork belly rolls on brioche buns—and an epic cocktail list, you’d be eating here even if it wasn't freezing outside.
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Julio's | Image credit: Nancy Hanna and Elle Borgward