Perth drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Northbridge

Mechanics Institute

Negotiate the laneway entrance via the James St cul-de-sac – behind Alex Hotel – to discover one of Perth's most easy-going rooftop bars. Share one of the big, pine tables on the deck or nab a bar stool. Brilliant c…
Top Choice Pub in Fremantle

Norfolk Hotel

Slow down to Freo pace at this 1887 pub. Interesting guest beers wreak havoc for the indecisive drinker, and the food and pizzas are very good. The heritage limestone courtyard is a treat, especially when sunlight d…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Highgate & Mount Lawley

Swallow

Channeling an art-deco ambience with funky lampshades and vintage French advertising, tiny Swallow is the kind of place you'd love as your local. Wine and cocktails are exemplary, and the drinks list includes Spanis…
Top Choice Bar in Northbridge

The Standard

Effortlessly straddling the divide between bar and restaurant, the Standard carries Northbridge's arty vibe into its colourful interior. Head through to the summery, courtyard garden and its shipping-container deck …
Top Choice Bar in Northbridge

Sneaky Tony's

On Friday and Saturday you'll need the password to enter this speakeasy amid street art and Chinese restaurants – don't worry, it's revealed weekly on Sneaky Tony's Facebook page. Once inside, park yourself at the l…
Top Choice Brewery in Fremantle

Little Creatures

Try everything on tap – particularly the Pale Ale and Rogers. The floor's chaotic and fun, and the wood-fired pizzas ($20 to $24) are worth the wait. Shared plates ($8 to $27) include kangaroo with tomato chutney an…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Central Perth

Petition Beer Corner

Distressed walls provide the backdrop for craft brews at this spacious bar. There's a rotating selection of 18 independent beers on tap – check out Now Tapped on Petition's website – and it's a great place to explor…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Highgate & Mount Lawley

Five Bar

International and Australian craft beers – including seasonal and one-off brews from WA's best – as well as comfy lounges and funky decor make Mount Lawley's Five Bar worth seeking out, both for the discerning drink…
Cocktail Bar in Central Perth

Halford

Channelling a golden, 1950s vibe, basement bar Halford is where to come to sip Rat Pack–worthy cocktails, including expertly prepared martinis and other American bar classics. Halford's decor and furnishings combine…
Bar in Fremantle

Mrs Browns

Exposed bricks and a copper bar combine with retro and antique furniture to create North Fremantle's most atmospheric drinking den. The music could include all those cult bands you thought were your personal secret,…