Perth’s Best Bars On The River

byBlake Kelleway
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We’ve had a bit of a tease of some incoming glorious spring weather, which has us dreaming of beverages by the water.

Having already covered a bunch of great beachside bars and rooftop bars around Perth, here are a few of our fave waterfront spots to watch the world go by.

The Left Bank

For riverside views down Freo way, it’s truly hard to past The Left Bank, and the bustling crowds all week will attest to that.

Stunning sunset views, epic meal deals every day of the week and a few pool tables inside to test your skills against a few of the local (land) sharks make it one East Fremantle’s finest spots.

15 Riverside Rd, East Fremantle 


Tradewinds Hotel

Down the road and up the hill from The Left Bank lies the Tradewinds Hotel, another rivierside pub that’s undergone a bit of a revamp in recent times to help you enjoy epic views of Freo’s beloved port.

If you fancy an overnight stay their recently refurbished rooms are pretty damn luxe, and they’ve got a nice pool if river dips ain’t your thing (hint: sneak up to their rooftop event space for a sunset view that can’t be matched).

1 Sewell St, East Fremantle


The Lucky Shag

Down on the Swan right next door to our beloved Bell Tower, The Lucky Shag has gone through a bit of a makeover in recent years, and we love it.

Their multi-storey deck has some of – if not – the best views of the river in town, and it’s the perfect spot to chill and watch the boats go by in the afternoon before live music and party times take over later in the evening.

Ferry Route Barrack St Jetty, Riverside Dr, Perth


The Royal On The Waterfront

Claisebook Crove is a beautiful little nook of East Perth, and if you want to enjoy the Mediterranean waterfront surrounds with a beer or cocktail in hand, The Royal is the place to do it.

We recommend staying for a bite to eat too, their modern take a host of pub classics like parmis, fish and chips and burgers really hit spot.

60 Royal St, East Perth


The Reveley

With stunning views of Elizabeth Quay, the only choice left is which level of The Reveley’s huge layout to choose?

From relaxed and finer dining on the ground and first floor respectively, to Henry’s Rooftop’s sky high views, there’s plenty to choose from while you enjoy the quay below (hint: make sure you grab on their Giant Cocktails).

The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, Eastern Promenade, Ophir Walk, Perth


The Island Brewhouse

Just a short way along the Quay (or is wee?) is The Island, a microbrewery, restaurant, kiosk, garden bar and pizzeria.

It’s multipurpose and in fitting with the Perth vibe – very chill with a little something for everyone, just make sure you dive into one of their six unique beers fresh from the 1200L vats in the brewhouse.

Elizabeth Quay, 1 Valdura Pl, Perth


The Raffles

One of the biggest bars south of the river, The Raffles’ massive beer garden is pretty hard to go past when it comes to waterside city views.

The menu is a mix of honest pub fare with a bit of Italian flare, while their tap beer and wine list are befitting of a pub this size.

70-72 Canning Beach Rd, Applecross


The Breakwater

We haven’t forgotten you kings and queens of the north, with The Breakwater plonked perfectly in the middle of Hillarys Boat Harbour, featuring sun-drenched decks aplenty.

If you’re looking for something a little more intimate than upstairs to the Akoya Suite and Reid’s Lounge you go, while the Lower Deck downstairs puts you right on the water, and in the thick of the party on weekends.

58 Southside Dr, Hillarys 


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The Best Bars on the Terrace

Cover photo via The Reveley