We're drinking well right now. This month some great openings have arrived. While there's always room for a drink at one of Perth's best bars, it's always fun to try somewhere new, too.

This is our edit of Perth's best new bars from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. All are worth a try.

Here's a tip: come hungry. A lot of these bars have killer menus that deserve to be explored.

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Best New Restaurants in Perth
Best New Cafes in Perth

The Galway Hooker

Why does Guinness taste so good in Ireland but never quite the same anywhere else? According to the owners of The Galway Hooker, it comes down to the pour. This Scarborough bar is so obsessed with pouring the perfect pint of the iconic Irish stout that it even has a “Guinness-only” cool room, which is set at optimal stout temperature and features its own gas and beer line system. After a different Gaelic tipple? This spot aims to have the country’s largest collection of Irish whiskies within months. And at the rate things are going, we back it to happen. For food, a menu of pub staples is available, and a full Irish breakfast – including an optional Berocca add-on – is served on weekends.

3/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough

The Royal Hotel

This grand old hotel has kept watch over Wellington Street for almost 150 years. Somewhere along the way the building slipped into obscurity, with everyone from hairdressers to backpackers taking residency in the space. In 2018, new owners set about fastidiously restoring the hotel to its former glory. Thirteen million dollars later, the result is certainly glorious. Across two storeys the hotel can accommodate 725 patrons – the first-floor balcony alone holds 200 guests. There’s a lot to discover here, with an intimate private dining room and bar upstairs, a trilliards table, a karoke bar and Fleur – one of Perth’s best new restaurants. Trust us – it will take a handful of long visits here before you really get to know the place well.

531 Wellington Street, Perth

Foxtrot Unicorn

It’s hard to categorise Foxtrot Unicorn. Scan your eyes around the basement bar, and take in the plump leather lounges, old-school fixtures, retro sconces and saloon-style piano and lampshades. Is it a speak-easy? A dive? A wine bar? Foxtrot’s owners are happy to be all things to all people. Regardless of what you’re drinking, it all goes down well with a cheese board. The cheese menu is very strong (fittingly, as this is the old Fromage Artisans space).

Basement, 101 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Le Rebelle

“We really wanted to create something with our own identity,” says sommelier Sarah Atkinson. In July, Atkinson and chef husband Liam did just that when they opened this intimate French-inspired restaurant and wine bar. While Liam knocks it out the park with imaginative Gallic bar snacks – vegan crudites! Crab toast! – Atkinson is all over the drinks side of things including maintaining the tight but exciting wine list zeroing in on good-time European and Australian wines.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Besk

Bar. Restaurant. Bottle shop. Cafe. This former printer in West Leederville is all this and more. More than two years in the making, Besk is an ambitious neighbourhood venue with a strong focus on boutique, primarily West Australian producers. Co-owner and Mane Liquor resident booze hound Elliott Moore oversees an expansive beer, wine and spirit inventory while the kitchen keeps time with comforting, elevated pub cooking.

264 Railway Parade, West Leederville

Madalena’s

Inspired by the neighbourhood botecos of Rome, Barcelona and Sao Paulo, this South Fremantle seafood and wine bar was a hit from day one and rightly so. The location is sunny and breezy (and in walking distance of South Beach), the list champions small new-wave producers, and Andrew McConnell alum Adam Rees serves punchy seafood and vegetarian plates.

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Panama Social

Technically, the baby brother to Tiny’s opened at the end of December but it wasn’t until the new year that most of Perth got its first look at – and taste of – Panama Social’s neotropical good times. In a brightly coloured space, venue manager Tom Kearney and his crew mix equally easy-going drinks starring rum, tequila, pisco and many a house-made ingredient. Chris Howard’s punchy cooking – jerk chicken wings! frybakes! – match the drinks in both fun and deliciousness

245 William Street, Northbridge

Baan Baan

Technically, the bar at the front of Wanwipar “Dao” Thanasothorn and Punchita Wangpaichitr’s home-style Thai restaurant is a holding station for the dining room proper, but it works as a destination in its own right. Spice-sympathetic wines, cocktails and beers are the order of the day, although booze-free options such as the house-made butterfly pea flower tea are worth taking for a spin, too.

172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge

Mummucc

Even on a Wednesday night competition is fierce for a seat at this 60-person small bar on Wembley’s main street. It’s easy to see why. Tania Nicolo and Ryan Bookless’s newest opening crackles with the same Italianate energy as Monsterella, the wildly popular pizzeria the couple opened a few doors up. Come for the warm vibe and smartly chosen vino and aperitivi: stay for handmade pasta and personable service.

6 46-56 Grantham Street, Wembley

Fenway

Fenway is the new name of Subiaco landmark Paddy Maguire’s, only reimagined as a Boston-Irish bar by the funsters at team Varsity. Worn wooden booths play nicely with the Old World, not-quite-a-sports-bar theme, as does the menu of burgers, sandwiches and fried chicken. Tap and package beers range from Swan Draught to craft while cocktails stick to the classics. And did we mention dogs are welcome on the porch?

328 Barker Road, Subiaco

Lyric Lane

This two-storey bar, cafe and live music venue has been an (extended), seven-year labour of love for father and son Michiel and Konrad de Ruyter. When Lyric Lane isn’t hosting gigs at its 170-person concert space, it’s keeping locals watered with local craft beer and a cellar big on Australian producers. Drop by during the day for brunching and a burger-style breakfast menu on weekends. Guests seated outside are, again, welcome to bring pets.

177 Guildford Rd, Maylands

King Somm

Also from the department of neighbourhood wine bars that rock: this relaxed, multipurpose space in Bayswater. Part-bottle shop, part-pizzeria, part-neighbourhood hangout and all fun, King Somm is the sort of place every postcode would love to call its own. And did we mention dogs are welcome too?

13 King William Street, Bayswater

Freo.Social

Goodbye Fly By Night, hello Freo.Social, an ambitious 900-person live music venue from Triple-1-Three of Otherside Brewing Co fame. Unsurprisingly, Otherside’s brews are available throughout the venue alongside other local and international craft beers. There’s also wine on tap, plus a far-reaching menu that includes cheeseburgers, barbeque meat and other American diner favourites.

Parry Street, Fremantle