From natty wine novices to craft beer crusaders, these boutique bottle shops can hook you up with some of the best booze in town.
The Wine Thief
This suburban West Leederville bottle shop is like a shimmering treasure trove. With a lovingly curated collection of wine, beer, cider and spirits, The Wine Thief is the perfect spot to pick up something unique – particularly if you’re looking for something beautifully packaged to gift someone special. Make sure to drop into the attached Coffee Thief for a killer coffee if it’s a bit early in the day to crack open the vino.
69 McCourt Street, West Leederville
Mane Liquor isn’t just about beer. It’s about an abundance of beer, aisles and aisles of the good stuff. Sure, they’ve also got an impressive selection of wine and spirits, but this bottle shop is the craft beer mecca of WA.
237 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont
The Re Store
It goes without saying, but if you’re looking for good eating and good drinking, the Re Store should be top of your list. The Leederville store is home to an extensive bottle shop, with both local and international drops available. Stop by for a chat to resident expert Nick and you’ll be sure to leave with a new favourite tipple, and make sure to mark your calendars for their legendary annual 30% liquor sale.
231 Oxford Street, Leederville
You only need to drop in to King Somm on a weeknight to see just how popular this neighbourhood wine bar and shop has become. If you can’t quite manage to get there in time to grab a table (potentially a competitive sport at this point), pick up a takeaway pizza and have a browse of their shelves for a bottle to take home.
13 King William Street, Bayswater
When we first wrote about Besk, it was as a highly anticipated opening – in the intervening years it’s become an integral part both of West Leederville’s burgeoning precinct, and for craft drinking across the city. The bar has gone from strength to strength: you only have to visit on a Friday evening to see the ardent following it has accrued, but the bottle shop stands on its own, too. Co-owned by Mane Liquor‘s Elliot Moore, you know they’re all about interesting, off-beat finds.
264 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Wise Child Wine Store
Tucked away on a leafy corner in North Freo, Wise Child is a family-run bottle shop with a big focus on organic and naturally fermented wines. This light-filled, white brick corner store is one of the most pleasant bottle shops to pop into for some A grade service – but for those further afield than Freo, head to their online store to suss out their offerings, and maybe take advantage of that free shipping deal?
28 Thompson Road, North Fremantle
Old Bridge Cellars
“So, what are we drinking?” asks Old Bridge Cellars’ awning. “One of everything”, you will reply on the way out. This North Freo spot has been around for yonks, and you’re sure to leave with something you never expected – it might even be a North Street Store cinnamon bun, or a La Paleta icecream. The drinks pairing you never knew you needed. And as if we couldn’t love them any more, these legends have expanded in 2021 to another store in Como – so it’s even easier to get your hands on a good drop.
221 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
461 Canning Highway, Como
Commune Wine Store
After a long – and expensive – duel with the Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor, Commune Wine Store opened to much fanfare last year and has very quickly become a local favourite. The “neighbourhood wine store championing small, independent producers from home and abroad” is lush with delicious and delightful drops focusing on local and minimal intervention wines. Regular tastings abound, the owners are friendly-as-heck and they’ll even slip you a sneaky card to eliminate corkage fees at neighbouring Rossonero if you’re headed that way.
209 Railway Parade, Maylands
The older vintages amongst us will recall the Liberty Liquors of the ’80s, which grew into a hugely successful, Australia-wide chain, later bought out and rebranded as BWS. Well, reminisce no more, because the OG Liberty Liquors is back and better than ever. Reopening in 2018, the Claremont store is jam packed with a breathtaking range of wines, as well as spirits, craft beers and more.
42 Bay View Terrace, Claremont
Wines Of While
It would be remiss of us to describe Wines of While as anything close to a one-stop-shop, superstore of wine. Rather, they are a testament to curation – with a wine selection available both dine in or takeaway that is as judiciously edited as their menu and fit-out. This clarity has earned them legions of admirers, though, with a steady stream of stylish clientele any night of the week.
458 William Street, Perth
Gangemi’s Fine Wine & Foods
Founded in 1911, Gangemi’s know a thing or two about fine wine. And about most drinkable things, now we think of it. Whisky, sake and everything in between – these guys will even fill up a growler of craft beer for you. Plus, they’ll hook you up with corporate packages and same day delivery for those last-minute thank you’s.
1288 Hay Street, West Perth
Como is spoilt for choice when it comes to delectable drinks. Proudly independent, Como Liquor has been building their selection of craft beer, hard-to-find spirits and intriguing wines since 2002. Championing local producers, they’re committed to finding you something just right, whether you’re splurging on something special or finding a mid-week bargain.
296 Canning Highway, Como
The first wine store in WA to have a purpose-built, underground wine cellar, La Vigna is not messing around when it comes to wine. This allows them to stock rare and aged wines from around the world, keeping them in perfect condition until their new owner (read: you) comes along.
302 Walcott Street, Menora
North Bird has gone through many transformations in its relatively short life, but it’s happily found its groove. Little bit European, a lot Australian; part restaurant, part bar, part bottle shop – it’s the go-to spot for wining and dining in Northbridge.
175 William Street, Northbridge
Header Image: Gangemi’s