X No Thanks

Best 5 Bars in Perth

by Rich Keam on 05 March 2014, 12:03PM

intro1


There’s a real buzz of excitement around Perth, following the opening of new cultural spaces, restaurants and bars which are changing the face of the city. Independent, experimental and often specialist (think dedicated whiskey bars), some of my favourite places are hidden away thanks to a clever little project called Forgotten Spaces. This council-funded scheme has added chandeliers and ever-changing street art to alleyways and breathed new life into car parks to create cool little nooks in the city centre. The introduction of quirky venues serving excellent cocktails in artsy interiors is not just happening in the CBD. The transformation extends into hot inner-city areas like Northbridge, Mount Lawley and Leederville.

Perth's summer festival season is the perfect time to be exploring the social scene. Here are the 5 best bars, offering some of the best views of the city and tasty local treats. Cheers!

intro2


1. The Mechanics Institute

Northbridge, a five minute walk from Perth’s city centre, is an area which best combines the city’s heritage buildings, new bars and great value food. You will get all three at this great little bar plus amazing views of the city from their rooftop beer garden. Make the most of Perth’s blue sky days here by taking a seat at the long benches and choose from an extensive wine list and a constantly changing cocktail menu. The house favourite is Hillbilly Bob’s Ruckus Juice made of juice of rum, lime, orgeat syrup, ginger beer and regular beer. Or opt for the popular epic Bloody Mary, served with a burger, made from local Western Australian beef, from the popular Flipside Burgers downstairs. They are definitely justified winners of the 2013 Small Bar of The Year Award.

To find The Mechanics Institute head around the back of 222 William St (the lane runs between James and Francis Streets)

intro3


2. Stables Bar

As the name would suggest this bar and restaurant in Perth’s CBD was originally the site of a horse and hay business and is just one of the many heritage buildings, from flour mills to print works, that have been reinvented. The building’s original timber panels and limestone embedded walls have been retained giving it a rustic feel. Here you get a real feel for how Perthites live life outdoors. Spilt over two levels, floor to ceiling glass doors are thrown back to open the upstairs restaurant and downstairs bar onto a sun-dappled cobbled courtyard. Be warned this place can get busy, especially on a weekend when the locals sip Margaret River wines with panoramic views of the city skyline. The food menu is a take on modern Australian dining and nothing is left to chance - the kitchen bakes all of its bread, cures its meat and even crafts the condiments from scratch. Local flavours are all important in the pan fried wild barramundi with broad beans, risoni pasta & basil salad not to mention the cheese board which showcases some of the area’s best producers.
888 Hay Street, Perth

intro4


3. The Classroom

For a masterclass in cocktails there is The Classroom in North Perth. They stole the show at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape with their liquid nitrogen espresso martini and it’s worth a visit to North Perth for this -196 degree cocktail alone. Science lesson safety glasses are included. Or you might want to try Ms White served with pipettes of edible “paint” for drinkers to get creative with.
Even the food is playful, like the aubergine jenga with dukkah spices, an Australian favourite, meatball sliders or the orange blossom pears and blue cheese croquettes served with edible flowers.

The setting is pure nostalgia. Decor for the venue was donated by local schools with bicycle wheels twisted into light fixtures, walls adorned with dusty chalkboards, a horror show of school photos and superhero  1/365 Charles Street, North Perth

intro5


4. The Bird

Another Northbridge haunt, the relatively new Bird is a bar and music venue supporting local artists and touring bands on happening William Street. Although most events are pay on the door or ticketed, there are a number of free events each month to watch out for. They also have open mic nights on every third Tuesday of the month so a great place to listen to start up bands with a pint of locally brewed Feral Hop Hog or a bottle of Little Creatures Pale Ale. There is a good beer garden too, simple and a bit grungy. If you head here make sure you check out its neighbours too. Just down the road Bivouac offers heavenly gnocchi. While La Cholita is another one of Perth’s Mexican hotspots and Ezra Pound is a little speakeasy with a big reputation, making this one of the coolest roads in Perth.
181 William St, Northbridge

intro6


5. El Publico

There have been a number of modern Mexican restaurants making waves in Perth but El Publico kitchen and bar on Beaufort Street has Australia’s best new culinary chef, Sam Ward, at the helm. Not only do they serve great and extremely interesting plates of food straight from the streets of Mexico, they’ve got an extensive tequila and mezcal menu. It is loud, it is fun and the food is exciting locals and critics alike. Try the fried chickpeas with burnt tortilla salt, which are dangerously Moorish, the prawns with green chilli and the slow cooked pork belly with Oaxacan chocolate. Then kick back in the mix-and-match recycled interior with a mezcal ice lolly with sea salt and cucumber where it all gets pleasantly hazy. You can walk from the city centre or hop on a bus. You will be glad you did.
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate, Perth.

Want to know more? Check out Rich's video guide to Perth’s culinary highlights.

For more information about holidays to Perth and Western Australia.

Author bio: Passionate foodie Rich Keam has spent the last five months travelling Western Australia, learning to catch mud crabs, brew beer and sniff out truffles as well as blogging about its best bars, restaurants and events along the way. 


Top 10 Best-Value Long-Haul Destinations

Read More

10 Things You Never Knew About Borneo

Read More

Top 5 Places to go in the Middle East

Read More

Our Guide to Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Read More
Post of the month
by Tourism Australia More

Email sign up

Register to receive holiday offers, cheap flights deals, hotel offers and more.

Travelbag Travel/Leisure London

01 Jan 00:00 Read More
Travelbag's Twitter
Common Tags
24 Hours 3 days in 48 hours in 5 Reasons Abu Dhabi Activities Adventure Holiday Africa Alaska Antigua Architecture Argentina asia Auckland Australasia Australia bahamas Bahrain Bali Bangkok Barbados Beach Holidays Beaches Bolivia Bora Bora Borneo Botswana Brazil Caibbean California Cambodia Canada Cancun Cape Town Caribbean celebrity Central America Chicago Chile China City Breaks Coffee Colombo Colorado Costa Rica Cruise Holidays Cruises Cuba culture Dining Dominican Republic Dubai Ecuador Europe Events Family Holidays Festivals Fiji Florida food Food Trip Gold Coast Greece Hanoi Hawaii hiking Ho Chi Minh City Hoi An holiday reading Honeymoon Hong Kong India Indian Ocean Indian Ocean Luxury Holidays Indonesia Jamaica Japan Jordan Kenya Koh Samui Krabi kuala lumpur Laos las vegas Latin America Literature los angeles Luxury Holidays Macau Majorca Malaysia Maldives Mauritius Melbourne Mexico Miami Middle East Mombasa money Montreal motorhome holidays music Myanmar Nature New York New Zealand North New Zealand Northen Territory Oman Orlando Pattaya Penang Perth Perth Beaches Peru Phuket Qatar Quebec Queensland Queenstown quiz Rail Travel Ras Al Khaimah Reading on holiday Royal Jubilee Safari Samoa San Francisco scenic Scuba Diving Self-Drive Seychelles Shopping Sightseeing Sightseeing Trip Singapore snorkelling South Africa South America South Australia South Carolina South New Zealand Southeast Asia Sri Lanka St Lucia Surfing survey Sydney Tahiti Tasmania Tennessee Texas Thailand Things To Do Tokyo Top 5 Things to Do Toronto tour Travelbag trekking UAE USA USA Roadtrip Utah Vancouver Vietnam Virginia Washington DC Western Australia whale watching Wildlife Winter Sun
Archive
  • 2019
  • 2018
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2017
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • March
    • February
  • 2016
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2015
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2014
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
  • 2013
    • December
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • June
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
  • 2012
    • November
    • October
    • September
    • August
    • July
    • May
    • April
    • March
    • February
    • January
Please Wait...


We use cookies
Read more

Cookies: We use cookies to improve your experience on this website. By continuing to browse our website, you are agreeing to use our site cookies.
See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.