Kick Back in Perth - a Local's Bar and Restaurant Guide
A night out in Perth is all about the highs and lows. From basement bars hidden in art-strewn laneways to rooftop eyries sitting high above it all, some of Perth’s best venues are tucked away in unexpected corners. There’s a lot to explore when it comes to drinking and dining: take yourself on a tour of discovery, go on a rickshaw-driven culinary adventure, or simply sink a beer as the sun sets into the sea. From classic cocktail bars to hipster dens, our guide helps you plan the perfect night out.
Martinis with a view
Ready to raise the roof on a night out in Perth? It’s no wonder that Perth has such a rich selection of rooftop bars: on a balmy evening, there is no better place to be. When you’re in the mood for an al fresco cocktail, try one of these.
It has perhaps the best view in the CBD, but that’s not the only reason Wildflower is a favourite spot for a pre-dinner drink. The excellent wine list is a major draw, as is their carefully-curated selection of classic cocktails.
There’s a knockabout charm to Bob’s Bar reminiscent of its namesake, former PM Bob Hawke (some of his more memorable quotes feature on the walls). Unlike the sleek Print Hall downstairs, up here it’s all Astroturf, cheery yellow chairs, and jugs of Pimms.
Go full beard
You won’t have to go far to find a hipster hangout in Perth; the city has a rich choice of bars and cafes with a serious cool factor. When you’re ready to unwind, try one of these trendy destinations.
Talk about hipster heaven: the tiny Henry Saw café is a vegan espresso bar famed for its coconut milk chia puddings and vegan pies. It is one of the biggest draws in Grand Lane, along with the grungy Toastface Grillah, which dishes out perfect toasted cheese sandwiches.
Wolf Lane & TheSpaniard
If it weren’t for the graffiti wolf on the wall, you might walk right past Wolf Lane bar. One of Perth’s best-loved bars – located in the eponymous Wolf Lane – rubs shoulders with The Spaniard, a sleek split-level tapas bar where slice of jamón and jugs of sangria are the way to go.
Uncle Joe's MessHall
It’s hard to think of a hipper spot more than the north end of King Street. At Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall, you can have a coffee or a haircut; across the road, the speakeasy-style basement bar, Varnish on King, is known for having one of the town’s best ranges of whiskies.
A movable feast
Ready for a two-wheeled gourmet adventure through one of Perth’s hippest dining hubs? Then hop aboard a rickshaw for the Leederville Food Safari, where your three-course meal takes in three different restaurants.
Ria Malay and KitchBar
Your first two courses are an Asian odyssey, with Malaysian classics and street food flavours at Ria Malay Kitchen and Kitsch Bar Asia. Hot and sour, salty and sweet; your tastebuds are going to be tingling!
Have room for dessert? The fresh-baked pastries at Foam Coffee Bar are seriously tempting, accompanied by sensational seasonal drinks such as Vietnamese iced coffee in summer and beetroot hot chocolate in winter. Drink up!
For years, Perth has been hovering under traveller's radars, keeping its pristine beaches, hip small bar scene and festival fun to itself. Not anymore. Local travel journalist Fleur Bainger blows the lid on the places you shouldn’t miss.
The big thing visitors don’t realise is that Margaret River offers much more than our world-class wine and food. The outdoor activities are now just as significant, not to mention the diverse arts and crafts scene. These are some of my favourite things to do that can be packed into a weekend escape to Margaret River from Perth.
Fleur Bainger is a freelance travel and food journalist. She lives in the inner-city village of Leederville, which she loves for its wide open spaces, hip cafes and boutique clothing shops. Here she shares her local tips if you've got three days to spend in Perth.