The brash west coast metropolis of the 2000’s mining boom era, located closer to Bali than most cities on Australia’s eastern seaboard, Perth is slowly morphing into a more sophisticated city than the one trick pony of last decade. Whilst still some years away from matching the established inner city vibes of Sydney, Melbourne and increasingly Brisbane, Perth is nonetheless forging ahead with its own small bar and café scene that makes use of its highly agreeable climate and attractive waterfront location. Here’s a selection of some of the Western Australian capital’s top high altitude drinking and dining locations.
Print Hall, 125 St George’s Terrace Perth
Named after Australia’s beer loving former PM Bob Hawke, Bob’s Bar is a fun space which captures the easy going, larrikin ethos of an era when Perth loomed large in the national imagination. Located on the top floor of popular dining and events venue the Print Hall, this bar is a large rooftop terrace with a cleverly designed menu of “food you can eat with one hand”, according to the owner. It also has a few choice quotes from its namesake proudly displayed on its trendy, white-tiled walls.
222 Williams St Northbridge
Housed appropriately at the rear (like all good bars are) of a heritage 19th century building, the Mechanic’s Institute Bar in Perth’s party precinct of Northbridge is a great example of this city’s growing small bar scene. With a strong cocktail list and a particular fondness for whiskey, the Mechanic’s Institute is a great place to unwind and enjoy that Perth sunshine – with an open air deck one of its main features.
16 Queen St Perth
Nestled on the top floor of popular Perth venue the Flour Factory, The Sherry is a cosy open-air space that celebrates that popular brand of alcohol (sherry) in its many forms. With this small nook featuring exposed brick walls with pot plants climbing its height, The Sherry is a bringing a taste of NYC village style to a city famous for its sprawling suburbia. Available for private functions too, The Sherry suits both the CBD after work crowd and those seeking a relaxed spot to knock back a few cocktails.
Richmond Quarter, 1 Silas St East Fremantle
Since its grand opening in June 2016, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar in the flashy, cosmopolitan Perth neighbourhood of East Freemantle has added to the city’s increasingly vibrant hospitality scene. Located atop the luxury Richmond Quarter residential complex, the bar boasts sweeping views across surrounding suburbs all the way out to the nearby Indian Ocean. Perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail as the sun sets, Sweetwater also has a delicious menu of Asian hawker-style street food and other small dishes.
11 Cathedral Ave Perth
With a super swish fitout on the rooftop of Perth’s flashy COMO The Treasury Hotel, Wildflower is a bar made for a discerning audience who like to sip their cocktails against a backdrop of sweeping city views. Its menu features an innovative blend of indigenous-inspired farmer and forager dishes using the finest Western Australian produce and an outdoor terrace to enjoy this delicious cuisine on a sunny Perth day. Perhaps a little more on the pricey side, Wildflower is a place designed to impress!