It used to be that a killer line-up of wines – by the glass and bottle – was enough to make a wine bar noteworthy. Now, it’s the bare minimum. The wine bars in this guide have the food, decor and ambience to match their wines. Above all, though, they’re fun.

Unlike in restaurants, wines don’t play second fiddle here – they’re the star. Sure, you’re likely to find your favourite classic varietals, but these venues will also push you to try (and enjoy) the latest in biodynamic, organic and natural wines.

Le Rebelle

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.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Madalena’s

A beachside wine bar modelled on a neighbourhood boteco, serving up small plates from the freshest local seafood.

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Mummucc

A cosy 60-seat Italian wine bar and restaurant from the Monsterella crew.

6 46-56 Grantham Street, Wembley

Andaluz Bar & Tapas

Tapas, wine and charcuterie in the CBD.

Basement Level 21 Howard Street, Perth

Balthazar

Where wine is just as important as food.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Budburst

A classic European-style wine bar, owned by a sommelier.

406 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn

Duende

An all-day tapas and wine bar, that's all about dropping in for jamon and a glass of sherry.

662 Newcastle Street, Leederville
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Il Lido

Grab an Aperol Spritz, watch the waves and pretend you're on the Amalfi coast.

88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe

Lalla Rookh

An impressive WA spin on Italian cuisine.

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
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Mrs Brown

Celebrate or ignore the weather at this refined wine bar.

241 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle

Petition Wine Bar and Merchant

An elegant enoteca stocked with ready-to-drink wines and cheese plates.

Cathedral Square Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth

Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room

Sophisticated dining, delivered fast.

214 William Street, Northbridge

Strange Company

This bar is a reliable bet after sundown, thanks to its slick decor, weighty drinks list and solid tapas selection.

5 Nairn Street, Fremantle
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Swallow Bar

Take a trip back to 1920s Paris, replete with jazz and French Martinis.

198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands

The Cabin

A cosy ski-lodge restaurant in the ‘burbs.

Upstairs 174 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

The Stanley

You won’t find the latest cocktail trend at this small bar. It's all about doing humble things well.

294 Cambridge Street, Wembley

Young George

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

48 George Street, East Fremantle