Best Bars in Fremantle

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What time is it socially acceptable to have a drink? In the early afternoon, once the infamous Freo Doctor winds have rolled in. Luckily, there’s no shortage of places in Fremantle to shield yourself from that sea breeze and enjoy a drink in the afternoon sun (or well into the evening). Whether you’re after an excellent cocktail or a pint from a local brewery, these are the best bars in Fremantle to do just that.

  • Soak up this restored cottage’s old-world splendour, then dive into an extensive wine list and high-flavour snacking including pies, tasty-things-on-bread and monkfish “under a fur coat”.

  • With lo-fi wines, small bites, DJs and local wines, this bar is the backdrop for an effortlessly cool, distinctly Fremantle afternoon.

  • Throughout its long history, this historic pub has been many things. These days, it’s as low-key as a local should be.

  • Celebrate or ignore the weather at this refined wine bar.

  • Imagined by two hospitality pros and designed by one of WA’s most polished architects, this sleek 120-person coastal destination is a summer hotspot. Its venue brings sharp design, big-flavoured small plates and thoughtful drinks to Leighton Beach.

  • This casual, dog-friendly taqueria in South Freo is landing bold blows for Aus-Mexican cooking. Maybe you'll find a pork and pineapple taco dressed with a native strawberry and saltbush sauce. Or try the spiced broccoli enlivened with a mole, a traditional Mexican marinade, made here with wattleseed. From the bar: wine, local beers, tequila and mezcal.

  • One of Perth’s original craft-beer strongholds.

  • The WA brewery’s first venue in the state is set within the iconic A Shed on the Walyalup waterfront. Stop in for brewery exclusives, rotating guest taps and a coastal-inspired menu of lobster rolls, swordfish schnitzel and grilled-kingfish tacos.

  • Where “eats meet art”, this beachside restaurant and gallery space serves it all up. Featuring a monthly rotation art gallery supporting emerging local artists, the venue is also a fully-licensed restaurant open for all-day dining.

  • It doesn’t get more waterfront than this. Nab a perch in this beautiful 120-person space and enjoy sharp cocktails, comforting Mediterranean cooking and vistas of the Swan River.

  • WA’s most successful brewery is a top spot for a beer and pizza on the waterfront.

  • A Fremantle institution with a long history of live music.

  • At this ambitious urban distillery, you'll find house-made spirits (including many grape-based spirits made with WA fruit) and pre-batched cocktails. You can pair every glass with something from their sophisticated share plate menu, which might include beef tartare, crumbed lion’s mane mushroom or woodfired meats.

  • Cool off at this cavernous seaside warehouse with thirst-quenching ales, seasonal one-offs and spirits made on site. Throw in a globetrotting menu packed with zesty coastal flavours, and you’re left with one of the slickest breweries in the state.

  • A reliable bet for sipping and snacking after sundown in Fremantle. Here you’ll find slick decor, a solid tapas-style menu, and a weighty cocktail and spirits list.

  • A luxe neighbourhood bar with inventive cocktails.

  • The third location in this popular arcade-bar chain employs the same winning formula: vintage arcade games, NY-style pizza and easy-going cocktails. But this spot also has an outdoor courtyard, unlike its predeccessors.

  • On a balmy afternoon, after the Freo Doctor’s rolled in, this is the place to be. Get started downstairs with lo-fi wines and small plates of the freshest local seafood. Then head upstairs for cocktails and ocean views.

  • There’s no need to run all the way home for a beer.

  • This small bar is the younger sibling to fire-fuelled Manuka Woodfire Kitchen. Here, find laid-back hospitality, nostalgic food and a classic cocktail list.