Bar La Fayette
If there’s one club you should join this winter, it’s Bar La Fayette’s cocktail club. Weave through the Queen Anne chairs dotted throughout the St Georges Terrace watering hole and find a cosy spot by the bar. Or settle into a grand chesterfield in the Sunken Lounge and sip your selection by candlelight. There are more than 40 specialty drinks on the club’s list. On the top of ours – the Mocha Cocktail, an 1860s-inspired mix of coffee-infused egg, cream and spices, with raw cocoa fat-washed Bulleit Rye whiskey and Joseph Cartron chocolate liqueur.
Roll up to lush red carpets, Victorian-style furniture and the enticing aroma of buttery popcorn at this underground den. Hidden below Brookfield Place, the 1920s carnival-themed basement bar serves complimentary popcorn throughout the night. At the bar, waistcoat-wearing bartenders use bespoke fat-washed booze and bartender magic tricks to make innovative cocktails. Check out the Don Julio tequila-based, smoke-infused Smoky Devil, mixed with ginger and blackcurrant. Have a large group? Get in early to find enough chairs for everyone.
Ivy and Jack
Once home to Perth’s Old Town Cinema, this Hay Street bar and eatery still holds much of its predecessor’s cinematic charm. You’ll find odes to the former theatre throughout, including illuminating Broadway lights and a front-of-house popcorn machine. Lush chrome panelling, green and white subway tiles, red brickwork and black industrial fittings give the space a modern yet inviting feel. Some nights a live band will serenade you as you nestle into one of the brown leather booths. Get extra comfy with a Spiced Iced Tea, featuring Pimms No.1, spiced rum, chai tea, peach and lemon.
The Laneway Lounge
Wander down Murray Street, away from town, and you’ll find a nondescript alleyway leading to one of Perth’s best-hidden gems. A ceiling full of large, glowing globes greets you as you walk into this 1940s New Orleans-style jazz bar that’s split into three distinctive spaces. Book a table in the dining room for dinner and live music; the main lounge if you want to mingle; or secure a curtained private booth for something more intimate. Be sure to check out the bar’s cocktail menu, which features jazz-inspired drinks including Maple Syrup & Bacon Manhattans, made with bacon-washed Bulleit bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup, bitters and a crisp piece of bacon.
The Flour Factory
Did you know there’s a place you can get gin and tonic on tap? Queen Street’s The Flour Factory serves Tanq & Tonic – a concoction of Tanqueray gin, house-made tonic, orange and mint – straight from the bowser. There’s even an ant-infused variety among the CBD’s largest gin collection. It’s got a pretty impressive wine and cocktail list, too, and colourful Australian-meets-Spanish food. The former flour mill’s now modern-industrial interior spans three levels. Stay warm and dry at the main bar, which has plenty of space for mingling, or venture upstairs to the rooftop bar.
What would happen if Little Red Riding Hood, Alice and Snow White opened a bar? Wolf Lane, we imagine. Tucked between Murray and King Streets, this fairytale-meets-antique garage is filled with topsy-turvy ornaments, floating suitcases and the occasional contortionist. There’s no shortage of grandpa chairs and couches in the red-bricked room, so snuggle up and order a teapot. Wolf Lane’s alcoholic teapots do not contain your average English-breakfast brew. Little Red Rye-ding Hood will get you through a cold, dark night with a combo of Johnnie Walker Blender’s Batch Red Rye, Aperol, Girly Grey tea, lime juice, sugar syrup and a good swish of lemonade. With your partner in crime? Look the part with a Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum teapot featuring Ketel One vodka and Bols peach liqueur.
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