Perth’s bar scene is blooming and the time for pollination is now. It’s not just the heart of the city that is alive with small bars, but the neighbouring suburbs of Northbridge, Mt Lawley, Fremantle and Leederville are flowering too. From rooftops to laneways, these watering holes require your full attention...no beer goggles allowed.
The Aviary is a sophisticated two-storey urban hospitality venue and home to Perth's largest rooftop bar, The Nest. Spread over 500 square metres, The Nest is a colourful and charming outdoor space with incredible views over Perth's city skyline. Musical rooftop sessions are a regular event with solo acoustic artists and electronic DJ’s all making their mark.
Hidden below the heritage Parker & Parker solicitors building on Howard St in the CBD, Andaluz is an eclectic wine and tapas bar run by husband and wife duo Ryan Gregory and Carla Arevalo. The Spanish inspired venue is bustling with punters who adore the contemporary Spanish food and European wines on offer.
Lurking among the office blocks of Perth CBD, Helvetica is a sexy and sophisticated bar that specialises in whiskey. The golden tipple is sourced locally and abroad and the menu is divided up by country. Opt for a 15ml or 30ml pour of Bakery Hill Classic Malt from Victoria or a Hakyshu 12yo from Japan. The bar also offers Bottlekeep, which means you can purchase a bottle and store it in Helvetica’s whiskey cabinet, and the next time you drop in your bottle will be waiting for you.
This popular neighbourhood bar in the heart of Mount Lawley is a well-appointed space with sexy wooden panelling, formally set tables and an intimate leafy courtyard. Walk off Beaufort Street, through the unassuming front door, to be greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere created by candle-lit leather booths. Every Sunday Clarence’s holds ‘Cider Sessions’ dishing out special ciders at special prices.
Highgate's buzzing Beaufort Street is home to the much-loved Must Winebar, with its breathtaking array of liquors and award-winning wines lining the room. The venue offers both a chic bar and Parisian inspired bistro, where seasonally driven menus keep local foodies satisfied.
Rewarding those who venture into Northbridge to find them, Ezra Pound is a prohibition inspired bar that was part of the first wave of small bar openings in Perth. Sit outside in the graffiti laden laneway and enjoy a Kooinda Valhalla Ale or mingle inside with local hipsters as you sip on your recycled jam jar cocktail.
The team behind Northbridge’s popular 399 Bar have transformed a late night pool hall into the popular Five Bar, which is a great pit stop for groups before heading out for a night on the town. The lofty space with its timber tables and mismatched lounges is a fun space to mingle, as well as indulge in an ever changing wine and food menu.
Blue collar Perth has always loved men who are good with their hands and that's exactly who you'll find behind William Street, Northbridge at the Mechanics Institute. The mixologists at this very down-to-earth cocktail bar don't rely on fancy-schmancy rare liqueurs and flavour infusions. Their daily-changing cocktail menu is a barrel of fun and their wine list is equally delightful. Put this together with a four-tier outdoor deck and a range of burgers at the bar and you've got a recipe for a good time.
Inspired by the educational and social enjoyment of our industry, The Classroom takes you back to school days of yesteryear when we were younger and learning was fun. The theme has been taken to the extreme, and we love it. Think old lockers, school chairs, bike racks, school trophies and more. At The Classroom, great pride is taken in showcasing brilliant food, innovative cocktails, boutique wine and beer from around Australia and across the globe. They also hold a monthly cocktail degustation evening.
The Young George (Previously The Wine Store) in Fremantle is quickly making its mark as one of the best wine bars in Freemantle. With smart wine options, craft beer, a rustic and relaxed fit out and a menu that delivers, Young George is keeping locals and visitors content. The bar dishes out street food inspired share plates and organic wood-fired pizzas.