Perth’s gentle climate has led to an abundance of open-air spaces designed for outdoor drinking and dining. Whatever the occasion for your tipple, there’s an ideal option to satisfy everyone in your party, Here’s our guide.
Sunday Session – The Norfolk Hotel
Fremantle has a rich vein of beer-friendly venues, but Port City locals will tell you the title of Freo’s best beer garden belongs to The Norfolk Hotel.
This limestone gem on South Terrace has welcomed travellers, locals and the odd America’s Cup since doors opened in 1887, and its sprawling tree-lined courtyard hums with visitors drawn to its tranquil setting most times of the day. A curated tap list across 20 rotating lines means the bar always pours one of Perth’s most varied beer line-ups. But Sunday is when it really shines, with a seafood-rich menu bolstered by meats from the smoker and stone-fired pizzas. Ideal for doing not much at all.
A Post-Work Drink – Bob’s Bar
Sky-high drinking doesn’t get much better than Bob’s Bar – the urban beer geeks’ oasis atop Print Hall. Bob’s forgoes the usual trappings of a beer garden with a setting sculpted around dramatic cityscapes. Combined with its passion for craft beer, Bob’s – named in honour of notorious yard-glass enthusiast Bob Hawke – is one of the best drinking spots in the city.
With weekly – and often daily – beer updates, regular tap takeovers, and guest kegs, Bob’s maintains a tap line-up attractive to throngs of after-work beer aficionados. The food theme is similarly aligned – they only sell food you can eat with one hand, meaning options like soft-shell tacos and kebabs. Perfect for extending the office-gossip into evening without spoiling dinner.
Beer Nerds – Feral Brewing
Feral is the unquestioned zeitgeist of Perth’s craft beer alumni, so well ingrained in WA beer circles its presence here is required. While beer fans lap up its award-winning brews in bars across the city, many are yet to visit the sprawling gardens that line its Baskerville brewery.
Here, you’ll find one of the best brewpub experiences in town, with the full Feral range on tap. It’s also the only place to find Feral’s rare and highly sought-after limited edition and seasonal release beers, making the journey – and giant wooden deck overlooking the lawns – even more enticing.
For a Side of Live Music - Clancy’s Fish Pub
Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle operates on a simple formula: combine live music, amazing fresh seafood, and one of Perth’s best local beer lists, and enjoy.
There’s a beer garden here both out front and back, both laidback and with just a sprinkle of hippy alternativism (this is Freo, after all) on display. Clancy’s special kind of hedonism has made its beer garden a Freo outpost for years, and its fastidious support of local microbreweries has earned it the respect of the local beer community. The perfect place to have a pint and be entertained.
For a Drink with a View – The Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Beer gardens don’t get much more picturesque than The Cott Hotel overlooking Cottesloe Beach. A recent renovation has turned the interior beer garden into a lavish affair. Expect to find plenty of ice-cold pints – including James Squire One Fifty Lashes – as the smell of fish and chips fills the spacious open-air setting.
Throngs of the beautiful folk flock here, especially on warm weekends. While there are plenty of more casual seaside venues to sip a beer, we all need a little bit of luxury now and again.
This article produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.