In a summer as hot as Australia, there really is only one thing to do with your free time, and that’s hit up as many gorgeous waterfront hotspots as possible. They’ve got the stunning views, the sea breeze, and divine cocktails to boot – what more could you want?!
And with a city like Perth, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to waterfront bars and restaurants. So we did some ‘research’ and uncovered the 5 best places that you’ll simply fall in love with. Did we mention they make great Instagram shots as well?
1 Manning St
When we think of Scarborough Beach Bar, we think of soft shell crab sliders, seafood platters, cold beers and stunning views. In fact, this bar has one of the industry’s largest wine and spirit lists and the option of 24 different cold beers on tap for you to enjoy.
Scarborough Beach Bar offers a view that is second to none along the Indian Ocean coastline from up high on the second level, boasting one heck of a bird’s eye view of Scarborough Beach. So grab your mates, an Espresso Martini, and that perfect picture with a golden sunset in the background.
195 Challenger Pde
Whether it’s a perfectly brewed coffee, crispy fish and chips at lunch, or a glass of tasty wine, Clancy’s has got you covered. With a glorious view of the ocean, Clancy’s provides its guests with a casual, laidback atmosphere that’s idyllic any time of the year.
Stuck in the midst of a sweaty summer? Pop down to Clancy’s for beer straight from the keg. Chilly in winter? Order a glass of red and watch storm fronts roll in over Rottnest Island. Whatever mood you and your mates are in, there’s no better food, drinks, or sunsets over the ocean than at Clancy’s.
18 Leighton Beach Bvd
If you’re stopping by Bib & Tucker for some of the freshest fare in WA, be sure to bring your appetite. Bib & Tucker isn’t any ordinary seaside restaurant; they take particular pride in serving up fresh ingredients delivered daily, and preparing food via a fusion of modern and primitive cooking techniques including smoking, pickling and wood firing.
But the surprises don’t stop at their food. They also offer an amazing array of beverages and cocktails, which you can enjoy while you admire the beautiful vistas across Leighton Beach. Once you discover this place, chances are you won’t want to leave.
40 Mews Rd
Beer lovers everywhere will enjoy a visit to Little Creatures, a place born out of the sheer love of beer and mateship. Comprised of three different interconnected venues, all with the same harbour views that extend over Rottenest Island, Little Creatures is a place where your glass won’t go empty for long.
The long, communal tables inside are nice, but outdoors is where it’s at. Enjoy easy-going tunes in the beer garden, gaze out over the ocean, and knock back a few cold beers from the iconic brand. From Pale Ale to Pilsner, these hoppy brews are a crowd pleaser, plus the rest of the drinks menu will keep your whole party happy for a cracking Sunday session.
88 Marine Pde
Il Lido might be known for its incredible Italian cuisine, but its waterfront views ain’t bad either. And boy do they make the most of it, with plenty of outdoor seating all through summer, overlooking gorgeous Cottesloe Beach. Pretty much anyone who’s been here will rave about the handmade pasta, passionate staff, and banging wine list, so there’s no real reason for you not to check this place out.
And for the beverage fans, Il Lido bartenders pride themselves on putting a mix on the classic Italian cocktails, from a famous Negroni to a Limoncello Martini. You can also order both Australian and Italian wine by the glass or by the quart (250ml), straight from the enormous wine racks adorning the walls.