Miss Kitty’s Saloon
Genuine poutine is hard to come by. One place that does it authentically and deliciously is Miss Kitty’s Saloon. Just like the traditional Canadian original, Miss Kitty’s poutine features crispy chips coated in rich brown gravy and, the pièce de résistance: cheese curds. Miss Kitty’s also offers a range of bottled beers such as James Squire One Fifty Lashes, and Little Creatures Rogers. With décor featuring wooden pallet walls, mismatched grand chairs and swinging saloon doors, this is as west as you can get.
The National Hotel
A restored gem, The National has a prime location in the heart of Fremantle. This double-storey pub features: a 60-seat alfresco area on High Street; a four-metre-high drinks wall; and a bar counter made from recycled railway sleepers. Behind the bar you’ll find a large selection of craft beers, including James Squire and Little Creatures. Head upstairs to find a spot along the verandah, or plonk yourself next to one of the restored fireplaces before ordering some of the crispy hand-cut chips with house-made aioli.
The Guilford Hotel
Chips covered in rosemary salt and Keen’s curry mayo? Check. Beer garden? Check. Ambience? Yes. Welcome to The Guildford, a 131-year-old two-storey pub of original exposed brick, repurposed timber and brass finishes. Re-opened in 2016 after the building burned down back in 2008, this grand watering hole on James Street in Guildford offers more than 18 beers on tap, including White Rabbit Dark Ale and Little Creatures Pilsner and Pale Ale. Large groups can even order their own four-litre keg to avoid return trips to the bar.
Alabama Song at Northbridge Social is a cosy, small bar that feels delightfully walled-off from the outside world. With taxidermy-adorned walls, subtle mood lighting and Chesterfield leather booths, Alabama Song’s interior has a cabin-like vibe and Deep South feel. A range of canned beers are available, as is a basket of good ol’ fashioned rockabilly tunes, nuts and hot n’ tasty chips with or without guacamole.
Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar
An oldie but a goodie, the Lucky Shag has been a riverside go-to since it was first established in 1998. Part of the Old Perth Port development, the Shag has an outdoor decked boardwalk; an upper storey looking out over the ocean; acoustic music and comedy nights; and simple-but-satisfying pub grub. Sometimes that’s all you want to accompany a one of the 19 rotating tap beers, 9 of which are always from a WA brewery.
Varsity Bar, Nedlands
This American-themed bar is a local favourite with uni students for obvious reasons; cheap beers, cheap food and free sport screenings teamed with pool tables, arcade machines and Jenga-type board games. Varsity Bar makes for one impressive squad HQ. Grab a pint and chow down a basket of loaded fries; cheesy, chilli, hog (pulled pork), beany (vegetarian) or Philly.
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