Like your wine with a slice of suburbia? Keen to avoid the hustle and bustle of nightlife districts around Perth and enjoy a casual Sunday spritzer down at the local?
Perth has a bubbling small bar scene, one that’s branching out into the burbs and keeping you lubricated closer to home.
Here’s a few of our faves, and as always if we’ve missed a spot let us know at [email protected]!
The Jazz Cellar
If you haven’t ventured down this mysterious Mt Hawthorn red phone box, now is the time! For a hidden secret, the Jazz Cellar has been hard to get into for years thanks to being one of Perth’s funnest nights out. Offering three hours of traditional live jazz every Friday, swing the night away with friends old and new – just make you book first!
139 Buxton St, Mount Hawthorn
La Madonna Nera
In case you missed the memo, Mt Hawthorn’s small bar scene is popping! And La Madonna Nera is the newest addition the family. Just across the road from another gem, Spritz Spizzecheria, you can expect impeccable Italian combined with a top shelf vino selection.
1/155 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
The Cabin Small Bar
One of Mt Hawthorn’s best kept secrets, The Cabin Small Bar is a cosy upstairs wine bar along Scarborough Beach Rd. Nailing some incredible share plates with a diverse wine list, you gotta stop by in winter and cosy up next to the fire amidst the warm, wooden décor.
174 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn
Back Bar At Hylin
“A bar behind a café on a road along a train line.” It doesn’t get much more neighbourhood than that, and the leafy, intimate surrounds of Hylin café’s sneaky little Back Bar are a winner. Cocktails, wine, craft beers and cheeky bar snacks like American Cheeseburgers ($10 on Thursdays!) and spiced haloumi chips will have you feeling very neighbourly in no time.
178 Railway Parade enter via rear of Hylin, West Leederville
Just down the road from Hylin you’ll find Besk, a bar, restaurant and killer bottleshop all in one. Co-owned by one of the blokes behind Mane Liquor, their booze selection is unmatched around Perth, with a rotating seasonal menu and chilled vibes year-round. While their behind-the-bar selections are always on-point, you can always grab something from the bottleshop to drink while you hang there too!
264 Railway Pde, West Leederville
The Maylands-based masters of pino and pizza, King Somm is a neighbourhood bar in its purest form. Their bottleshop is stacked with handpicked delights, and while they’re still only rocking takeaways, we imagine it won’t be long before you can curl up in a corner inside and enjoy a night the right way.
13 King William St, Bayswater
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, outdoor courtyard and street side vibes. A great spot for coffee and brekky in the morning, its afternoon bites and dinner set are also huge winners. With six craft beers on tap, a robust menu and $10 cocktail specials everyday, it’s the perfect pop-in place.
161 Broadway, Nedlands
North Freo fave Mrs Brown’s has been doing the neighbourhood bar right for over a decade and it’s no wonder. With a warm, cosy open fire inside and a sun-drenched courtyard, there’s something for every seasons. The friendly – and knowledgeable – staff will guide you through their amazing wine selection, while Flipside next door will guide you through a tasty burger and fries selection.
241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Wines Of While
You don’t need to be in the heart of Northbridge to get amongst the action, as Wines Of While has proved up the top of William Street. An alfresco area to envy to go with cosy indoor space, it’s all about the extensive natural wine offering and a sure-fire charcuterie selection that keeps this spot busy from open to close. Which incidentally, is from 12pm Friday-Sunday, and 4pm Tuesday-Thursday.
458 William St, Perth
Though it started out as an overflow for perfect pizza purveyors Monsterella, Mummucc in Wembley has become it’s own monster…of fine wines, charcuterie and cosy small bar aesthetic. The casual, stripped back atmosphere of the joint will help you lose hours in there, and don’t worry – if you’re still craving a pie you can get Monsterella dropped off.
46/56 Grantham St, Wembley
It’s hard to go past the Percy Flint beer garden on a sunny South Freo afternoon, likewise sitting in a chesterfield by the cosy fireplace in winter. Fancy pub grub, an extensive beer, wine and cocktail list and classic laidback vibes are all part of the reason we love to pop in and see Percy whenever we can.
211 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Rodney’s Bait & Tackle
Just quietly, there’s a bit of a small bar revolution going on in Mosman Park, and we reckon the success of the seafaring Rodney has a lot to do with it. Combined with Samsons Paddock and the just-opened O Brother next door, there’s much to love about this area just across the road from the traino. But it’s hard to resist the lure of Rodney’s relaxed vibe, incredible maritime décor and simple snack options (get the fish tacos, just do it).
598 Stirling Hwy, Mosman Park
Another gem amidst Maylands’ small bar menagerie, there’s smooth live tunes, a well-curated booze selection from all around the world, and a warm, nostalgic feel that makes a neighbourhood bar well… a neighbourhood bar! They’re now open from midday on the weekends, meaning more time for meaningful time with your mates.
198 Whatley Cres, Maylands
The Unicorn Bar
This relaxed yet sophisticated wine bar in Shenton Park is a great place for gathering with pals – their share plates are elegant in their simplicity, suiting the overall un-pretentious vibe. Across the board pricing is also super reasonable, making it a top spot to pull up for a few hours and chat about the world.
210 Nicholson Rd, Subiaco
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Cover Photo of Rodney’s Bait & Tackle by Trasko Industrial Photographics