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The 8 best bars in Perth

Perth’s laid-back nature belies a truly impressive bar scene, well worth pounding the pavements to explore

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Perth more than proves its prowess when it comes to world-class bars. Here, neighbourhood wine joints and rustic beer houses are so much more than their humble exteriors suggest. Hiding behind doors are extensive and thoughtful drinks lists, gourmet tapas and aperitivo bites, and creative collaborations. Drink your way through our guide to the best bars in Perth.

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The best bars in Perth

  • Cocktail bars
  • Subiaco

One of Subiaco’s best-kept secrets is Bar Amelie, a self-described Australian-style tapas bar with a great list of elegantly creative cocktails and mocktails, alongside beer and wine, all in a setting that is both contemporary and art deco reminiscent. Bar Amelie’s bartenders have curated a list of signature cocktails with which to temp visitors, many of them putting a new spin on a classic drink. Take, for instance, a Negroni that pairs the classic gin and vermouth with Cazcabel coffee tequila and an orange twist, or an Old Fashioned where local whiskey mingles with orange bitters and caramel syrup.

Danielle Austin
Freelance Writer
  • Cocktail bars
  • Perth Central

For the best cocktails in Perth, look no further than Foxtrot Unicorn. Descending the steps into the bar is like descending into another time period, one where decadence abounds and libations are liberal. Despite the old-timey feel of the fitout, the cocktail list is surprisingly contemporary, finding creative uses for native flavours. As tempting as the drinks list is the menu of cheesy jaffles you’ll find on offer, an incongruous pairing that somehow just makes sense.

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Freelance Writer
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  • Wine bars
  • Bassendean

Relative newcomer Bertie Wine Bar has made a big splash on Perth’s bar scene. While the artfully curated wine list is reason enough to visit, the bar has quickly gained notoriety for its eccentric, Brit-centric food. Taking cues from London eateries, this comfort food has been given an upscale reimagining, with dishes like Welsh rarebit, steak and chips, and a moreish Scotch egg served alongside homemade brown sauce. The wine list is heavy on Australian wines and a cocktail list of serious, spirits-heavy tipples is also worth perusing.

Danielle Austin
Freelance Writer
  • Wine bars
  • Northbridge

Offering a wine bar experience without any of the pretence and pretension, Vincent Wine is simultaneously upscale and rustic. Space is limited, and the venue doesn’t take bookings, but a small wait is worth your while. Vincent’s bread and butter is charcuterie and by-the-glass wine, a list of which you’ll find handwritten on white subway tiles behind the bar. The drinks menu features European wines and the staff are more than willing to walk you through the various merits of a Mosel riesling compared to a Sicilian bianco, but there’s also a selection of Australian vino and cocktails on offer. 

Danielle Austin
Freelance Writer
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  • Wine bars
  • Maylands

Neighbourhood aperitivo bar Volare brings a touch of European wining and dining to Maylands. Local wine enthusiasts gather here midweek to make the most of the venue’s aperitivo offerings. House wine is up for grabs, as well as a list of signature spritzes which include the obligatory Aperol but also Limoncello Spritz, or a namesake spritz boasting Davidson plum bitters and pine verjus. All drinks come with complimentary house Sicilian olives, but it's worth ordering a full spread of snacks. 

Danielle Austin
Freelance Writer
  • Wine bars
  • Northlands

Part wine bar, part fromagerie, Powells caters to Perth’s insatiable appetite for a grazing platter and a glass of vino. The wine list here is both meticulously thought out and invitingly playful. The team keep the list fresh, rotating new wines to keep things interesting for regulars. While there are a few comfort options on the menu, like Swan Valley rose and Margaret River tempranillo, Powells isn’t the place to play it safe. Rather, let the venue tempt you to pet net in a can or a glass of Mediterranean-inspired orange wine.

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Freelance Writer
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  • Restaurants
  • South Fremantle

Hook, line and sinker, Madalena’s is easily one of the best bars in Western Australia right now. The sun-filled boteco sources the freshest sustainably caught seafood from local suppliers at Fins Seafood and pairs it with seasonal goodness from their thriving kitchen garden. Wind down on the weekend with a chardonnay off Madalena’s white marble bar or settle in post-swim for dinner and drinks upstairs.

Danielle Austin
Freelance Writer
  • Cocktail bars
  • Northbridge

If you fancy a good rum, Sneaky Tony's has your name written all over it. A hop, skip or stumble down an alleyway in Chinatown and you’ll find yourself at the alluring door of Sneaky Tony’s – Perth’s top secret premium rum bar. If you wish to enter, you’ll have to proclaim the daily password, which may or may not be found on Facebook. With shelves boasting an impressive collection of over 300 rums from all four corners of the globe, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Or go hard on the cocktails. For those after hard liquor, the expert mixologists will pinpoint the perfect drink for you.

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