The Best Bars in Perth

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Perth has no shortage of fun-loving bars. Our glasses have filled right up since reforms to liquor license laws in 2018, which allowed punters to enjoy a drink without ordering food. Plenty of places focus squarely on the former – perfecting everything from Old Fashioneds to fresh schooners. While others – like Madalena’s and Mummucc – take their food just as seriously. And the signs of Perth’s late-noughties small bar revolution are here, too, seen in Prohibition-style mainstays like Sneaky Tony’s and Foxtrot Unicorn. For all these and more, tick off this list of Perth’s best bars, compiled by Broadsheet’s food and drink experts.

  • Hit up this Southern honkytonk dive bar from the owner of Sneaky Tony’s. Choose from over 130 rye whiskies and bourbons (the knowledgeable bar staff can help with that). And enjoy diner staples from their late-night kitchen, be it a classic cheeseburger or juicy fried chicken.

  • A handsome, two-level wine bar from the team behind European bistro, Le Rebelle. There's a broad, international approach to the food and drinks here. Combined with a laid-back neighbourhood feel, this is one of Perth's best – and most romantic – venues to drink wine in.

  • With a strong by-the-glass list and cocktails by a bartending pro, Bertie has all the signs of a contemporary wine bar. The menu offers hard-to-find snacks like panko-armoured Scotch eggs and other British pub-inspired plates.

  • An unpretentious live-music spot that pumps most nights.

  • On the surface, Casa is an all-day neighbourhood bar and eatery. Under the bonnet, there's a serious commitment to wine, food and sound. Find it on Mount Hawthorn's bustling hospitality strip.

  • Follow the laneway off William Street to find one of Perth’s favourite small bars. Excellent cocktails, craft beers, bespoke spirits and wine await you inside. If you’re feeling hungry, there are also antipasti plates and generous plates of spaghetti from Francoforte next door.

  • Descend into an underground bank vault under St Georges Terrace to find this cosy watering hole full of old-world nostalgia. This bar serves up classic cocktails, vintage and small-batch spirits, hearty jaffles and an easygoing vibe.

  • The pop-up bar so good, it lived on.

  • From the team behind nearby diner Bark, this welcoming wine bar offers topnotch wines and Spanish-leaning share plates. Around 20 wines rotate regularly by the glass, be it a German riesling or Western Australian skin-contact wine, meaning you’ll always have a reason to return.

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  • 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.

  • Burgers downstairs, cocktails upstairs.

  • This younger sibling to Monsterella rivals the mothership. While you can still order pizza, this 60-seater’s menu stretches even further. If the smoked tiger prawns are on the menu, make the most of them.

  • Take your pick from two separate venues: the moody intimate bar or the breezy all-day courtyard. Each has a different menu. But whichever you choose, you’re sure to find inventive cocktails (think a Mojito made with green ants), excellent food, and local beer and wine.

  • 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.

  • This small neighbourhood bar – Peppermint Grove's first – is right on Stirling Highway. Drop by any night of the week for thoughtfully chosen wines, antipasti and a polished mid-century fit-out.

  • Most weekends there is a swarm of drinkers soaking up rays on the deck or under the giant fig tree. Have a pint and pub meal, or use this spot as a launch pad for a night exploring Northbridge.

  • Perth’s favourite nuovo Italian diner brings a round-the-clock party. Hit the courtyard for puffy pizza, lo-fi wines and fun snacks. And, if the vibes are right, head to the bar after for a boogie.

  • Follow the nondescript steel door in a Northbridge backstreet to find Sneaky Tony’s, a secretive dimly-lit Prohibition-era bar with 300 bottles of rum. Go for classics like an Old Fashioned or Pina Colada, or order something off-menu. The staff are knowledgeable and unpretentious staff, so you're in good hands.

  • Nab a seat in the sleekly designed bar, or out on the footpath, and tuck into left-field wines, snappy cocktails and small plates licked with smoke and char.

  • Named for Ireland’s patron saint of booze, this relaxed neighbourhood bar comes courtesy of the team behind Freo’s Mrs Brown. Expect good drinks matched with shareable drinking fare across two storeys, plus a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.

  • It’s grown from Perth’s first dedicated natural-wine bar to one of the country’s key wine destinations. Order Mediterranean share plates and wing it with the daily by-the-glass offering. Or grab a bottle to go.

  • The Scottish craft-beer brand found a home in a giant West Perth warehouse. Find Australian-exclusive brews, sticky-glazed chicken wings and a plant-based menu.