Perhaps we’re biased (okay, we’re obviously biased), but Perth has a pretty incredible small and wine bar scene. In fact, this was only going to be a fairly short list, but we just kept going and going… and going! We’re sure you’ve visited a few, but hopefully there’s a couple of new ones to discover below:
Petition Wine Merchant
If it’s intimate, inner-city vibes you’re chasing with someone who knows her wine, it’s hard to go past Emma Farrelly’s carefully curated selection at Petition. The impressive wall of wine might look intimidating, but let the super friendly and knowledgeable staff take your taste buds for a trip around the globe.
State Buildings, St Georges Tce &, Barrack St, Perth
Mummucc’s sparse layout, friendly atmosphere and elegantly simple menu all set the scene for you to really indulge in your love of wine. Their wine list is extensive yet curated – and the all-knowing staff are always happy to thoughtfully guide you. Bring your tasting cap!
46/56 Grantham Street, Wembley
An impressive blend of Italian dining infused with the spirit of fresh WA produce, Lalla Rookh‘s menu is a lesson in relaxed decadence. And when it comes to wines, Sommelier Jeremy Prus stocks an award-winning offering of only the finest Italian and Australia offerings.
77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
The Heritage Wine Bar
Another sophisticated CBD delight, The Heritage Wine Bar has over 100 wines by the glass for you to work through, featuring winemakers local, national and international. You’ll need a bite to eat to help you along the way, and Chef Gord Kahle’s offering will satisfy tastebuds both refined and unassuming.
131 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Another Perth Is OK pleasure, it’s hard to resist the South Freo sun combined with the Madalena’s staff’s relaxed vibe. Don’t mistake the casual vibe for a lack of knowledge however; they know their wines, and will find you the exact right drop you’re looking for to go with their delicious seafood offerings.
406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Wines Of While
We do dither on about Wines Of While a lot, and the fact it’s basically impossible to find a seat an hour after they open every day is testament to its popularity. Known for impeccably-sourced natty wines and alfresco dining in the sun up the top of William Street.
458 William Street, Perth
Whisper Wine Bar
A bit of a hidden secret in the middle of Freo, Whisper does France right, with big baguettes and a bigger wine list set amongst a stunning restored limestone mill. You might not be able to travel to Europe at the moment, but Whisper will certainly have you feeling about as well-travelled as anywhere around Perth.
1/15 Essex Street, Fremantle
La Madonna Nera
Having the misfortune of opening just before COVID hasn’t slowed La Madonna Nera down one bit, offering one of the most delightfully intimate dining experiences Perth has to offer. If you’re a fan of carefully curated, Italian-sourced wines then you’ll find plenty of friends at La Madonna Nera, and they’ll be happy to take you for a journey all over the boot-shaped peninsula.
1/155 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
The Maylands-based masters of pinot and pizza, King Somm is a neighbourhood bar in its purest form. They sell it best: “Lo-fi, small batch, natural, new world, old world, local, international, vegan…whatever the label, as long as the wine is of exceptional quality and delicious, we will drink it (and sell it, of course!).”
13 King William Street, Bayswater
This Fremantle fave’s leafy alfresco area and interior makes for a pretty irresistible home base to pull up and indulge in some delightful wines, something Strange Company takes a lot of pride in. If you want to make a real night of it, may we suggest some afternoon wines here, before sipping a couple of cocktails at their slightly rowdier sibling venue, Ronnie Nights.
5 Nairn Street, Fremantle
North Bird Wine Store & Bar
What was once the new kid on the block has become a stalwart in Northbridge; North Bird Wine Store has taken up residence next door to The Bird, and are ready to help you find the perfect, locally produced vino. They love looking for specialty drops produced locally and by the little guy, and their friendly sommelier will happily guide you their extensive range to drink there or take home.
175 William Street, Northbridge
Perth’s favourite amphitheatre will transport you to the Amalfi coast with not only their décor, but love of fine wine. It can be easy to lose a day at Si Paradiso, sipping on wines and dining on delicious breads and pizza in the afternoon, before switching into Italo disco mode when the sun goes down.
1/446 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Tiny’s bright and bustling, retro vibe makes the perfect place to catch up with friends for a drink, and their extensive drinks list specialises in small-batch wines. There’s a good chance you’ll want to hang around though, with the excellent Feed Me option a winner at $60 – although you might find their signature chicken a little too irresistible!
QV1, Corner Hay & Milligan Street Perth
Mrs Brown Bar
Mrs Brown’s has been doing the neighbourhood bar right for over a decade with a warm, cosy open fire inside and a sun-drenched courtyard, there’s something for every season. The friendly – and knowledgeable – staff will guide you through their amazing wine selection, while Flipside next door will guide you through a tasty burger and fries selection.
241 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
Shadow Wine Bar
Adding a touch of class to the Northbridge party strip, Shadow is the place to go for a little slice of sophisticated wining and dining. Knowledgeable waiters will help pair your food and wine, and if you want to make a night of it why not nab a room at the Alex Hotel upstairs.
214 William St, Perth
Not content to just dominate the CBD bar game, the team behind Foxtrot Unicorn has expanded into Fremantle with the highly-anticipated opening of Nieuw Ruin. A 300-bottle list of “weird wines”, high-brow pub fare on the menu, all within a charming, classically Freo cottage? We reckon it’s a recipe for success.
12 Norfolk Street, Fremantle
If like us, you were feverishly anticipating something replacing the beautiful space at the top of William Street that used to be Meat Candy (RIP) – anticipate no longer! Vincent Wine has opened its doors, and it’s already a winner. Bringing the mediterranean vibes we can no longer travel to, their wine list is 200-strong with a focus on France, along with plenty of homegrown specialties. The courtyard is just perfect in the afternoon sun, the vibe is wonderfully un-pretentious, and the food is delish – see you there.
465 William Street, Perth
One of Perth’s newest kids on the small bar block – Pep’s in Peppy Grove. It’s just opened on Stirling Highway and is an absolute delight. The exposed brick and jarrah floorboards give way to a sparse little courtyard that we get the feeling is going to see a lot of action this summer.
492 Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove
There’s obviously something in the water in Doubleview, and with the opening of these great small bars… Maybe we should be moving? Another significant enticement to the area is cosy neighbourhood spot, The Corner Dairy. Easy, breezy; a dependable drop-in. That’s the vision for the Corner Dairy – and one we’re pretty keen on, especially when paired with that sunny alfresco and their interesting selection of wines.
260 Woodside Street, Doubleview
Casa, the hotly anticipated Mount Hawthorn small bar from the crew at Si Paradiso, has opened – and it has not disappointed. Plenty of good wine, plenty of good eats – the anticipation was certainly not unwarranted.
399 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn
Cherubino City Cellar
It takes a wine obsessive like Larry Cherubino to be so committed to both making and selling the stuff – and Cherubino City Cellar is the proof. The extensive (of course) wine list features Italian and Australian drops, including Cherubino’s own.
169-171 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Oggi Bar & Eats
Perched alongside the iconic La Vigna (the first wine store in WA to have a purpose-built, underground wine cellar, and one of our favourite bottle shops), it makes absolute sense that Oggi would be the logical destination to enjoy a delicious drink alongside some tasty eats. Oggi’s wine list reflects the strong relationship between the two businesses, with specialist knowledge and access to an exclusive range you can’t get anywhere else.
300 Walcott Street, Menora
A revamp of The Royal’s ground floor venue, Willi’s has emerged victorious into the tail end of 2021. Their menu manages to be both decadent and precise, yet relaxed – while their wine list, curated by wine director Daisy Case, is robust.
531 Wellington Street, Perth
Header image: Heritage Wine Bar