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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Skol

Who knew Scarborough needed a Scandinavian-themed neighbourhood bar? Mani Vogt, Ben Noble and Ryan Croll did, that’s who. Located inside an old house behind Drift Kitchen, Skol is fast developing a following with its friendly service, al fresco drinking, Scandinavian cocktails laced with dill and aquavit, and new-school Korean snacking by chef James Park.

35 Ewen Street, Scarborough

Neon Palms

“We wanted to bring something fun to Perth,” says freshly minted publican Hayden Carter of his new venture with bartender Sasha Fagan. “We really wanted to create an atmosphere that makes it feel like you’re somewhere else.” At Neon Palms, a bar inspired by ’80s Miami, they’ve made good on their promise. The loud, throbbing space is awash in colour, sounds and guests making merry with two-toned pink-and-blue slushies. Brazilian chef Marcelo Kretzer contributes South American-leaning snacks –such as empanadas, ceviche and choripan (Argentina’s famous chorizo hotdog) – to the party.

245 William Street, Northbridge

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

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

Poole's Temple

When State Buildings, one of the flashiest food and drink precincts in Australia, turns its laser-like focus on the classic hotel bar, you know it’s going to be something special. Taking over the space that once housed Halford, Pooles Temple (named for the influential architect Perth George Temple-Poole) is a soignée spot where cool interwar decor (think gold and art deco fittings) is matched pound-for-pound with substance in the way of oysters, charcuterie, polished Gatsby-era drinking and live jazz.

Corner, Hay Street and Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Pep's

Yes, that really is a bouncer at the door. At a neighbourhood wine bar. In well-heeled Peppermint Grove. It’s a detail that speaks to the popularity of this sharply designed space and pulpit for owner Charlie Galbally’s deep love of wine. The cellar could be subtitled “Now That’s What I Call Wine Drinking” and touches on the lo-fi and natural as well as emerging Australian winemakers.

494 Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove

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

Palace Arcade East Victoria Park

There’s something wonderfully Stranger Things about Palace Arcade’s ’80s-inspired schtick. The bar’s Vic Park expansion faithfully recreates the Beaufort Street mothership’s winning combination of vintage video games, good drinks and New York-style pizza by the slice – but here it all comes together in an airy, cafe-style space overlooking Albany Highway.

774 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park