So you’ve done the Perth beer gardens tour, and now you’re looking for something a little more refined, a little more…sophisticated? Honestly, we just got halfway through our beer gardens article and realised there’s actually heaps of cool little courtyards around Perth perfect for sipping on a few vinos with your pals, so decided to split the two up! And in the interest of keeping things fresh, we’ve updated the list with not one but two brand-spankin’ new joint that we’ve already fallen head over heels for.
If like us you’ve been 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 just 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 St, Perth
So the Scarborough Esplanade has copped a bit of a bad rap lately, and if you’re looking to give it a little space then why not head a little east for the laidback surrounds of SKØL. It opened in the back half of last year and the locals LOVE it. To be fair once you’ve spent a lazy afternoon in its Scandinavian-inspired surrounds indulging in a few cocktails and tasty share plates you’ll understand why.
35 Ewen St, Scarborough
We’ll kick things off with Perth’s newest kid on the small bar block – Pep’s in Peppy Grove. It’s just opened on Stirling Hwy 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.
Photo by @skuamarais_
492 Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove
The Maylands-based masters of pino and pizza, King Somm is a ripping neighbourhood bar and has a wonderful little courtyard to boot. Their bottleshop is stacked with handpicked delights to drink in it or at home: “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 St, Bayswater
It’s hard to go past Si’s stunning amphitheatre, which 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 here, sipping on wines and dining on delicious breads and pizza in the afternoon, before switching into Italo disco mode when the sun goes down.
1/466 Beaufort St, Highgate
North Freo fave Mrs Brown’s has been doing North Freo proud for over a decade now, and while the cosy fire inside is great in winter, their sun-drenched, leafy-green courtyard outback makes for an irresistible summer proposition. The friendly – and knowledgeable – staff will guide you through their amazing wine selection too.
241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Part of what we like to call the Mosman Park Small Bar Mafia (also featuring Rodney’s and O Brother), Samson’s Paddock is the oldest kid on the block, yet no less cool. Their food offerings are delicious, and their multi-tiered little back garden offers private little nooks at every turn.
3 Glyde St, Mosman Park
And on the opposite end of the size spectrum you have Northbridge’s garden oasis Henry Summer, bringing chill tropical vibes that get rowdier as the nights get later. They’ve got some great share plates but it’s the expansive wine list and cool cocktail offerings that’ll help you settle in nice and fine.
69 Aberdeen St, Northbridge
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
So the Cott’s Beach Club might skirt the line between beer garden and wine courtyard, but its more sophisticated vibes definitely tend toward the latter. If you want to rub shoulders with the golden triangle’s finest this is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon, otherwise try to nab a seat out front and watch the sun go down in the more casual Verandah Bar.
104 Marine Pde, Cottesloe
We guess you’d call Strange Company more of a Vino Alfresco area but whatever the case its leafy green outdoor area makes for a brilliant home base to pull up and indulge in some delightful wines, something they take a lot of pride in.
5 Nairn St, Fremantle
The Old Laundry
A bit of a hidden spot on Angove St, while The Old Laundry has a lot of breakfast-faring fans it’s also a killer spot for an afternoon wine with the girls in their bright little courtyard. The solid selection definitely helps, while they also make a mean Bloody Mary.
22 Angove St, North Perth
Little Way has been livening up Broadway on Nedlands for a couple of years now, boasting plenty of charm thanks to its heritage-listed building location, street side vibes and beautifully shady herb garden/courtyard. While they’re pretty well catered for with regards to all booze options, their wine list is exceptional.
161 Broadway, Nedlands
As far as cute courtyards go, Percy Flint’s is an absolute treat. They don’t have a massive wine list, but it is constantly rotating so no doubt you’ll find something new every time you pop in, to be enjoyed while the South Freo sun slowly sets on a warm Sunday afternoon.
211 South Tce, South Fremantle