What can we say, the forecast says rain and we’re on the lookout for the closest fireplace to cosy up next to… preferably with a delightful drink in hand. Here are eight bars and pubs around Perth perfect for winter.
Mrs Brown Bar
Like the platonic ideal of a neighbourhood pub, Mrs Brown is perfect year-round… But there’s something extra special during winter about those exposed bricks, comfy armchairs and, of course, open fireplace. Curled up in the corner under the warm light of a charming vintage lamp with a glass of red… is there a better way to bring in winter? We haven’t even mentioned the courtyard fireplace – so don’t worry, you can get cosy out the back, too.
241 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
Henley Brook Tavern
As far as top quality pubs out in the Swan Valley, the Henley Brook Tav is right at the top of the pecking order. Even when they’re flat out (which is often) the service is impeccable and their hearty pub fare is outstanding. And to tap it all off, they’ve got a toasty fireplace inside that’ll keep you feeling very warm and cosy during the winter months.
9810 West Swan Rd, Henley
The Windsor Hotel
After a ripping summer of Sunday sessions in the Windsor’s garden bar, attention turns indoors to their multiple fireplaces for a toasty winter with good food and better brews. Perfect for the footy on game day, enjoyed even better with one of their huge $25 Sunday Roasts.
112 Mill Point Rd, South Perth
Since you’re already in North Freo, why not pop across the road for a nightcap at Habitué? While it’s worth a trip on its own, it also makes the perfect spot for a cosy evening drink. With live jazz and acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights, soak up the wintery vibes with some Mediterranean-inspired bites.
1 Harvest Road, North Fremantle
Albert’s Respite and Refreshments
There’s something about the Bread and Circuses gang that just knows how to nail a homey neighbourhood spot. With the aforementioned Mrs Brown’s Bar already under their belt, they’ve now taken over what used to be the Stanley, transforming it into Albert’s Respite and Refreshments. It’s still got some of that living-room feel, but a little bit sleeker, a little bit more refined – maybe the living room of your bougie friend. And of course, their refreshed look includes a fireplace that will be up and running for winter.
294 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Picabar just keeps up on the edge of our seats, doesn’t it? After that contentious lease debacle of 2019, the team now have a ten year lease and their eyes firmly fixed on the future. First on the list was a refurbishment of the historic premises, and they’re back with a vengeance, plus a schmick new bar, new decking, and the discovery of a fireplace that is going to take our winter drinks to the next level.
51 James Street, Northbridge
The Guildford Hotel
A historical building really adds to those fire-side vibes, and the almost 140-year-old Guildford Hotel has history coming out its wazoo. Built in 1886, and gutted by a devastating fire in 2008, the pub emerged like a phoenix with a refurbishment in 2016 that restored the old girl to her former glory. Grab a cocktail and a seat by the fireplace, and maybe even a barbecue platter to complete the smokey vibes.
159 James Street, Guildford
The Cabin Small Bar
Decked out with plenty of antlers, faux fur and Chesterfield sofas, the aptly-named Cabin really nails the winter vibes. Sidle up to the fire with a restorative nip of bourbon and you can practically feel the lumberjack beard growing. If you love the outdoors even in the midst of winter, the Cabin also has a sizeable balcony with plenty of heaters, so you can enjoy that crisp night air!
174 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
Rodney’s Bait n Tackle
It’s hard to notice anything else, what with the bar built into a 30-foot fishing boat. But if you can tear your eyes away, you might spot that Rodney’s is also home to a double-sided fireplace. Glass of wine in one hand, cheese plate spread out in front of us, warming our gills by the fire… the sea-faring life might be for us, after all.
598 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park
A Chesterfield and an open fire is evidently a winning winter combo…and this one is right up there. We’re fans of Percy Flint’s courtyard on a warm afternoon (who wouldn’t be, really), but a seat by the fire on a cold winter’s night… oof, we’re ready. Paired with one of their top-notch steak sangas, and you know where we’ll be all winter.
211 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Header image: Habitué