There’s only one thing we might love more than our beaches in Perth and that’s a big beautiful beer garden on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily there is plenty of them to perch up at, and here’s a mere 23 of the best:
Already one of Perth’s best spots for an outdoor bev, Picabar has truly levelled up with an expanded outdoor decking area and bar. Somehow they’ve managed to lose none of their old charm, whilst upgrading everything to make it one of, if not the best watering holes in Northbridge.
51 James Street, Northbridge
If you like your beer garden with a side of rock’n’roll, Badlands‘ surprisingly lush beer garden should be top of your list. Bands rock out inside while you pull up outside in a nice spacious garden bar, featuring tunes pumping and awesome food from the “Eat Yard”, plus it’s open all the way through til 2am.
1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth
Given its inner city location, it’s actually super impressive how massive Market Grounds’ beer garden has become. The whole venue is huge, but their table-and-chair-filled beer gardens have recently become even bigger.
10 Telethon Avenue, Perth
Given its unassuming position along Beaufort Street it can be easy to forget about The Brisbane, but it should be right back on your radar as summer approaches with its beautiful beer garden. Walking through the front gates into the beer garden is almost like stepping into a tropical Bali bar, minus the drunk, annoying Aussies and plus the friendly, chilled locals.
292 Beaufort Street, Perth
Walking past the front of The Standard it can be easy to forget this Northbridge haunt actually has a pretty damn stunning back beer garden. It makes for a wonderful place to chill on Sunday arvos, but if you feel like dancing, pop in on the weekend when things get a little rowdier later on.
28 Roe Street, Northbridge
The Lucky Shag
Ok so not so much a garden more like a deck, The Lucky Shag’s outdoor space is literally on top of the river with some incredible views of the Swan and South Perth. Not content with those views, pop up to the top deck for an even better look at our fine city, while your indulge in something from their excellent menu.
Barrack Street Jetty, Perth
The Windsor Hotel
Not only is The Windsor Hotel‘s Garden Bar the best beer garden in South Perth, it’s even packing its own microbrewery – Ogden’s Brewery. Brewed smack bang in the middle of the garden, you can watch head brewer Mark in action while you down some of his amber ales. Head there on a Sunday for DJs, cheap cocktails, fresh oysters and a $2 BBQ – sold!
112 Mill Point Road, South Perth
Before the cool kids take over the place later in the night with their rocking and rolling music and discotheque parties, The Bird’s backyard is a beaut spot for a sun-soaked beer. Lucky’s Tuck Shop will keep you fed with Nashville-style chicken, while the bartenders will mix you whatever you like.
181 William Street, Northbridge
For some glorious sunshine combined with South Perth river views, The Raffles’ massive beer garden should do just the trick. As you can imagine given its size it gets pretty busy on the weekends, but fortunately they’ve got plenty of bars with plenty of taps to handle it.
70-72 Canning Beach Road, Applecross
The only thing better than one beer garden is two, and that’s what you get at Victora Park fave The Balmoral. Out the back provides shady green surrounds and a huge TV for sport, while the front bar is about as good as you get for people watching along the bustling Albany Hwy strip.
901 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
The leafy green surrounds of the Rosemount Hotel’s beer garden have been a North Perth staple for years, and the fact you can hardly find a seat on the weekends even though it’s huge is testament to that. Add regular live acoustic acts and DJs to go with a ripper modern Aussie pub menu and you’ve got a winner.
459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
And when it comes to people watching, it’s hard to beat perching up on a high table in The Queens’ front beer garden and watching Beaufort Street walk by on a sunny afternoon. There’s always something going on at the Queens, and it gets pretty busy as the sun stays up for longer, so make sure you book ahead for bigger groups.
520 Beaufort Street, Highgate
The Left Bank
When it comes to watching a Freo sunset over the river it’s hard to go past The Left Bank’s tree-filled beer garden. Make sure you get down early as it gets very busy on the weekends…well, most of the time actually! But it’s worth it in summer as the seabreeze gently drifts off the river and you watch the world go by.
15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle
Ocean Beach Hotel
Controversial to include the OBH here and not Cott Beach Hotel? You can find a different home for the Cott HERE, and besides the Obie’s huge beer garden has been synonymous with Perth’s biggest Sunday sesh for decades now. Sunset views out the front, sports bar and lush green decking out the back – perfect.
140 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
Rose & Crown Hotel
Don’t leave Guildford until you have a pint at one of Western Australia’s oldest hotels. Okay, maybe there’s a ghost or two, but the Rose & Crown‘s general vibe is warm, fresh and modern with a little rustic charm on the side. Sit yourself in the classic bistro area or take in the sunshine in the leafy garden with some local live music.
105 Swan Street, Guildford
The Garden by name and the big, outdoor beer garden by nature, this Leederville locale has held strong in the area while many venues have fallen by the wayside. Even though it’s big it still manages to get pretty busy on the weekends with a lot of groups, so if you’re in that category booking ahead would be a wise option!
742 Newcastle St, Leederville
The Parkerville Tavern
This picturesque pub is nestled in the Hills, and makes the perfect destination for a lazy weekend drive. Sit inside by the cosy open fireplaces or soak up the sunshine in the Parky‘s beer garden – preferably with a pint in one hand and a parmi in the other.
6-18 Owen Road, Parkerville
Victoria Park Hotel
Much like the pub itself, Vic Park Hotel‘s beer garden has the best of both worlds: it’s classic, it’s timeless, yet it’s also modern. It’s leafy, yet it’s right amongst the hustle and bustle of Albany Highway. Built in 1927, it’s a pub that’s stood the test of time, and for good reason.
605 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
While we’d be guilty of thinking of Freo.Social as more of a music venue, that’s only half the equation. It’s also one of Freo’s best beer gardens, with both the beer garden and side bar to keep you fed and watered. Sister venue to local guys Otherside Brewing, you know the brews will be in fine form.
Parry Street, Fremantle
Pint-sized Calamity’s Rod certainly makes up for its size in what it manages to do. The tiny courtyard bar, nestled within Freo’s Hougoumont Hotel, is also home to a micro-brewery. Both the brewery and bar are housed within shipping containers, leaving more space to actually sit and enjoy those hard-worked-for drinks.
Hougoumont Hotel, 15 Bannister Street, Fremantle
Brewed on-site, it’s worth a visit to Seasonal just for their beers – but if you can grab a seat in the sunshine in their sweet, leafy garden? With a reuben croquette or that legendary Sunday roast? Well, that’s just idyllic.
175 Guildford Road, Maylands
Just around the corner from Calamity’s Rod, you’ll find another lush spot for a beer or two. One of the Old Synagogue’s bustling bars, The Arbor is – and we hate to overuse this phrase, but it’s just so appropriate – an urban oasis! Kind of a rooftop bar, kind of a beer garden, it’s 100% the place we’ll be this summer.
92 South Terrace, Fremantle
Inspired by the ruin bars of Budapest, this new Northbridge haunt makes use of one of Beaufort Street’s heritage-listed storefronts. While inside has plenty of booths for more intimate catch-ups, Ruin’s beer garden is looking like one of the area’s most enticing spots to down a cold one.
165 Beaufort Street, Northbridge
Part of Leederville’s zippy new Electric Lane precinct, Servo is pulling no punches – serving up a stellar, genre-less menu that’s only mission is to service all-day dining for any occasion. Outside, you can soak up the sun in the massive Yard Bar that adjoins the previously mentioned Garden, as well as the Leederville Hotel’s backyard. The yard bar is also home to a kebab window – we might have it on good authority that the cheeseburger borek is the perfect salve to a hangover.
9 Electric Lane, Leederville
Open all the way from breakfast to dinner, five days a week, Brixton Yard has got you covered just about any time of day. Vibes are thoroughly relaxed, whether you’re grabbing a refreshing afternoon beer, an easy-breezy weeknight dinner, or an early morning brekkie.
217 Railway Parade, Maylands
Header Image: The Left Bank