The Best Wine Bars in Perth

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It used to be that a killer line-up of wines was enough to make a wine bar noteworthy. Now, it’s the bare minimum. The spots in this guide have the food, decor and ambience to match their wines. Many of them are likely to offer your favourite classic varietals, as well as push you to try (and enjoy) the latest in newer drops. Whether you’re ordering lo-fi Italian wines at La Madonna Nera, a chablis at Petition Wine Bar and Merchant or a biodynamic drop at Casa, fun times are guaranteed. Hit this list of Perth’s best wine bars, carefully selected by Broadsheet’s food and drink editors.

  • Taking its cues from Parisian and New York City bistros, this neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant brings a fresh take on French food and wine to Beaufort Street.

  • 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.

  • French wines dominate the cellar at this Parisian-inspired bar. The kitchen bangs out sharp bistro-style plates and charcuterie, which are best enjoyed in the breezy courtyard planted with olive trees.

  • This double-act puts of-the-moment wines and strong neighbourhood vibes front and centre. Chef Chris Howard is plating up imaginative remixes of classics such as hasselback celeriac – a riff on the classic baked potato – and pickled mussels and clams shrouded in sheets of thinly shaved octopus terrine.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • Find this sophisticated Euro-inspired wine bar and dining room in the basement of an old Art Deco building. The menu focuses on local produce, and the wine and cocktails are equally as important as the food.

  • 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.

  • An elegant enoteca stocked with ready-to-drink wines and cheese plates. Stick around and try a rare drop from the vacuum-sealed Coravin, or grab a bottle to go.

  • Top-notch tunes play over vintage speakers at this spacious neighbourhood bar in a century-old billiards hall. Enjoy the warmth and familiarity inside on date night, or file into the beer garden for larger group hangs – it’s up to you.

  • This spot right next to the Perth Cultural Centre channels New York’s swift pre- and post-show suppers. Snack on Italian cicchetti (“snacks”) or stick around for a full meal.

  • 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.

  • A “nuovo Italo-Australian” space offering all-day drinking, dining and dancing. Not strictly a wine bar, but the lo-fi list here is too good to be ignored.

  • The former Wine Store bottle shop has a new name and a well-honed food and drinks offering.

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

  • A restaurant, specialty liquor store and bar from the team behind Mary Street Bakery.

  • A smart-casual wine bar slinging small plates and a diverse range of wines, inside a historic Perth boozer.

  • A retro-tinged neighbourhood wine bar that also serves morning coffee for the local crowd. At night, it's doing snacks and plates that reference everything from London’s legendary St John to Northbridge Vietnamese institution Viet Hoa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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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  • 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 impressive WA spin on Italian cuisine.

  • Terrazzo tables and mood lighting create a romantic backdrop at this future-classic Italian spot. There’s an ever-changing food menu, and an impressive, mostly Italian wine list. Plus, some 50 digestifs to finish. Salute.

  • This licensed fromagerie, run by a mother-daughter duo, was a first for Perth. Expect a classy array of cheese, snack and wine pairings. Plus, good times via the conversation cards on the back of your coaster.

  • This breezy neighbourhood bar – by a former Madalena’s venue manager – has something for everyone. Come for conventional and lo-fi wines, as well as strong non-alc options. Plus, wine bar snacks including a snacky cacio e pepe spinoff.