The Best Cocktail Bars in Perth

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Sometimes, beer and wine just don’t cut it. In those times, you need cocktails. Be it a Negroni Sbagliato, or a complex, multi-layered sipper, Perth has a wealth of places to partake. These are our favourite spots, ranging from colourful cantinas like La Cabana to charming basement bars like Bobeche. Without fail, they all know their spirits. Hit this list of the best cocktail bars in Perth, curated by Broadsheet’s food and drink editors.

  • Beards and suits, tattoos and ties: you’ll find them all at this unpretentious Northbridge cocktail bar. You’ll also find a near limitless drinks offering, with bar staff happy to shake up off-menu cocktails. There are also staples like Whisky Sour and Espresso Martinis, plus the option to order food from nearby venues direct to your table.

  • 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.

  • Descend the stairs to find this former record store serving loaded pizzas (either whole or by the slice), sharp cocktails and an impressive range of spirits. Bring a group and prepare to eat and drink a lot.

  • Descend some stairs behind St George’s Terrace to find this moody cocktail and whisky bar full of old-world charm. Settle into a Chesterfield lounge and order an Old Fashioned, Sazerac or classic Negroni. There are also charcuterie and cheese plates, and larger share plates from carpaccio to croquettes.

  • A basement cocktail bar inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies. Go for its contemporary cocktails; classics like an Old Fashioned or a Martini; or shared cocktails served in teapots. Food comes from Heritage Wine Bar upstairs – its charcuterie plates, buttermilk chicken wings and classic hamburger with hand-cut chips are sure to hit the spot.

  • A colourful Mexican good-time bar from the publican behind The Flour Factory. Perch on a green velvet stool at the terrazzo bar and enjoy tacos with mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails. They might even make you brave enough to test out the pole in the middle of the room.

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

  • Look for the neon donkey and you’ll find one of Perth’s most-loved Mexican tequila and mezcal bars on Beaufort Street. Go for classic Margaritas or a mezcal-based cocktail (El Publico imports its own mezcal, and only the finest). Or enjoy a tequila shot before moving on to share plates of ceviche, tacos and quesadillas.

  • 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.

  • An exacting late-night bar with big echoes of Japan. Expect stockpiles of Japanese whisky, easy-drinking highballs and Japanese street food.

  • A small whiskey and cocktail that’s as timeless and reliable as the Swiss typeface it’s named after. With around 500 whiskeys at the bar, a tasting can easily turn into a night of multiple cocktails – from diluted classics to more inventive house creations. You might also find cheese platters, charcuterie boards and baked Camembert.

  • A neon-lit tiki-themed bar complete with tiger-printed banquettes, a palm tree-lined ceiling and 175 rums to sample. Go for fun rum-based cocktails ranging from midcentury classics to contemporary house originals. They might even be served in tiki-themed cups, complete with tropical fruit and those fun little umbrellas.

  • Get in early to grab a seat at this casual, dog-friendly taqueria on the bustling South Freo strip. Standout cocktails include Horchata and a frozen watermelon Margarita, and there’s tequila and mezcal, too. The food’s no afterthought here – the Aus-Mexican menu might include a pork and pineapple taco, or spiced broccoli enlivened with mole and wattleseed.

  • A multi-faceted small bar in a heritage-listed building on James Street. Bring a group and order the cocktails, oysters, beef brisket and wings. Or go all in and try a cocktail class.

  • A breezy all-day diner at the redeveloped Leederville Hotel. Fuel up on creative cocktails, grilled shish-style skewers, cuisine-crossing share plates, and wines from a free-wheeling list of fun and approachable drops.

  • Go for Scandi-style cocktails and small bites at this neighbourhood bar and eatery. You might try creative cocktails like a Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, a Tom Collins spinoff with rhubarb and ginger, or shared cocktails from a giant shell. Enjoy them in the cosy courtyard or out on the sun-drenched porch.

  • This sophisticated King Street cocktail bar is fit for lovers of fine whisky and bourbon. Choose from over 100 bottles and be prepared to take notes. Each staff member is part bartender, part educator (in the best way).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An Italo-Australian bar and dining room offering all-day drinking and eating, plus late-night dancing. The cocktails are delicious (think Yuzu Spritz) and the food is exceptional (think blistery pizzas and kingfish crudo).

  • 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 might have a fairytale theme, but that's the only childish thing about this small CBD cocktail bar. Order a classic or off-menu cocktail, or bring a group and book in for one of its cocktail masterclasses.

  • Burgers downstairs, cocktails upstairs.