While Perth has always been known as a beautiful, friendly and relaxed city to visit, it hasn’t generally had the cultural cache received by the southern state capitals of Melbourne and Sydney. However, recently Perth has undergone a transformation during which it has evolved into a culturally diverse city with a thriving bar scene. Locals and tourists alike flock to some of the area’s coolest new drinking holes that have opened up since the city relaxed its licensing laws. Whether you’re looking to sip a classy cocktail or peruse an extensive wine list, Perth now has a drinking establishment to suit every taste. Read on for five of the best bars in Perth to visit next time you’re in town.
If you stay in a hotel in the centre of Perth then your first stop for a night out should be nearby Greenhouse. An eco-friendly bar and restaurant in the Perth CBD that combines sustainability with style, Greenhouse is a contemporary space that provides customers with a feast for the senses. While the business is rated highly for its fresh, seasonal food with a conscience, beyond the Asian food flavours lies a wonderful bar offering. Paul Aron, the restaurant’s manager and a cocktail professional, was previously a head bartender at various notable establishments around Australia and has brought his knowledge and enthusiasm with him to his role at Greenhouse. Customers looking for a night out can enjoy cocktails and a hip, easy-going vibe at the rooftop bar while they admire the restaurant’s garden that provides fresh produce for the kitchen. In keeping with the fact that every element of the building’s design is made to be easy on the earth, not just the eyes, Greenhouse’s bar top is actually made from recycled plywood taken from the floor of a previous Melbourne pop-up restaurant. Similarly, the ice buckets at Greenhouse are made from old gas cylinders while the light shades have been constructed from recycled fencing wire.
Frisk Small Bar is a hip little Northbridge bar tucked away just a stone’s throw from the popular public Russell Square. The premier Perth destination for lovers of gin, Frisk boasts almost 40 different types of gin and a variety of specialised gin cocktails. For visitors who like to sip on something different, the bar also has other spirits to choose from, a plentiful range of craft beers and ciders, a comprehensive wine list featuring Australian and international labels and non-alcoholic beverage options. Frisk has a laid-back ambience with funky tunes playing in the background and cool decor. Customers looking for some food with their beverages can also enjoy a variety of tasty tapas menu items.
Located in North Fremantle, Mrs Brown is a playful, quirky bar that takes its title from the nickname that Queen Victoria earned when she supposedly bedded a Scotsman. The bar’s decor is eclectic and gives it a relaxed vintage vibe, especially with the menus published on the inside of a range of recycled children’s picture books. With a non-assuming street frontage, this little establishment can easily be missed, however is well worth a visit. Mrs Brown provides a selection of more than 30 wines available by the glass as well as a range of high end bottles and quality beers and ciders too.
Another establishment located in Perth’s CBD, Choo Choo’s is a cozy bar with a relaxed and unpretentious vibe. The drink menu is updated regularly and often cocktails are simply created on the spot, based on the owner’s wealth of past experience in the industry. The bar is popular with both locals winding down after work and tourists popping in for the chilled atmosphere. Choo Choo’s features a cool collection of furniture, an extensive drinks list and staff with a passion for educating customers about what they’re drinking and the history of the brands being used.
An intimate Mount Hawthorn bar run by well-known Perth foodie Iain Lawless, Wee Bar is a new French-themed establishment perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif or a nightcap to wind down at the end of the night. This “wee” bar has a carefully selected range of good-quality French and Australian wines, as well as high-end cognacs and brandies, plus one or two Scottish beers thrown in for good measure.