If you can’t stand that cliché “every hour is happy hour”, we feel you. We like our beer cold, affordable, and ideally presented to us within a specific timeframe at a great venue. So we’ve rounded up some of the best beer specials at the best spots in Perth, week in week out.
Bill’s Bar & Bites
Happy hour: Mon to Thurs, 5pm–6pm
Leederville is known for its boutique shopping and food strip, but what about a quality drink at an even price? Bill’s Bar & Bites has you covered from Monday through Thursday between 5pm and 6pm. There’s $5 house wine and middies, and $8 pints on the full draught range: Kosciuszko Pale, Little Creatures Rogers, Gage Roads’ Little Dove and an interchanging tap. Prop yourself up in one of the windows, or at the bar for easy access, and share a serve of their chicken wings with blue cheese dip.
The Brisbane Hotel
Happy hour: Monday to Friday, 5.30pm–6.30pm
If you find yourself halfway between the city and Mount Lawley, craving a cold, reasonably priced beverage, head into The Brisbane Hotel. Often reserved for a summer Sunday session, this place is a trustworthy go-to for any occasion with its lengthy drink menu and reliable pub-style feeds. Play some pool, or get comfortable on the couches with $8 happy hour tap beer favourites, Monday to Friday, 5.30 to 6.30pm.
The Generous Squire
Happy hour: Every day, 5pm-6pm
The Perth CBD’s only fully-functioning microbrewery, The Generous Squire on Murray Street is a cross between a gastropub, bar, dining hall and brewery. All that makes it a multi-disciplined solution to basically any need involving beer and/or food. Happy hour here runs from 5pm-6pm every night of the week, and offers pints at schooner prices across the full in-house James Squire range. This means access to limited edition brews like the Squire’s Hush, a “sticke altbier” with toffee, fudge and hops aromas, as well as their Interceptor Black IPA. On Thursdays you can match it with a burger for their Brew Burger Thursdays, where from 5pm $15 will get you a loaded burger to boot.
Happy hour: Every day, 5pm–6pm
While many of Perth’s CBD it-bars require you to go underground, The Emerson on Murray Street has a rooftop worth hiking up the couple of flights of stairs for. The place has a way of transporting you, with its on-trend interior and Hollywood glamour vibe. Enjoy happy hour from 5pm to 6pm daily, city slicker-style with $8 pints. Make the most of the weekday food specials too, where sliders and tacos are an ideal match.
Happy hour: Fri, 4pm–late
If you’re not a Guildford local, this one is worth the trek. The fully restored building has architectural elements to keep you occupied for days, ample seating options and surprisingly tasty weird snacks like Cheese Burger Spring Rolls. Its version of happy hour is all about supporting local. Every Friday from 4pm there are $8 pints from the Community Keg featuring a locally brewed supplier, and 100 per cent of profits are donated to a local cause. There’s also Little Creatures, White Rabbit, Feral and more in their copper taps.
Happy hour: Mon to Fri, 5pm–6pm
Everyone has an old faithful; a place that never disappoints, is perfect for meeting friends or family, and has a killer kitchen to accompany a trustworthy drinks menu. That, for many, is Mount Lawley local Clarences. The small bar runs happy hour between 5pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday, with $8 pints (craft beer and boutique wines are their specialty). What’s better, you can guarantee each night has a food special on too: parmis on Monday, and burger and beer from Tuesday through Friday. Clarences’s cheeseburger has a good rap for good reason, as does its take on an ice-cream sandwich.
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