It’s the best time of the working week! Friday afternoon rolls-in and you’re in desperate need of a relaxing after work drink with friends, and what better way to celebrate the weekend than with a tipple or two around town. The city is a natural go-to for many workers, with bars on every corner just waiting to pour you your favourite drink. From casual pubs to basement bars, the city is brimming with watering holes. From Elizabeth Quay to the east end of Perth, here are 15 bars to visit.
Who doesn’t feel like a cocktail and a slice of pizza after a hectic week at work? Follow the neon sign down the stairs to this basement bar, that has an impressive cocktail, wine, and beer menu. After a few drinks with colleagues, you’ll be wanting a slice, or a whole pizza and their pizza menu won’t disappoint. It’s a cosy bar, and they only take walk-ins, so it’s best to come early if you’re wanting to secure a table for the night.
37 Barrack St, Perth
QT Rooftop Bar
Sunset seekers will love this rooftop bar that has some of the best views in the city. To get to this rooftop retreat, make your way to the QT Hotel on Murray Street and head to level 18. Here you can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and golden hour, or take a seat inside. They shake a mean cocktail and have an extensive drinks list. There are rooftop bar bites too. Think, Italian olives, oysters, a QT burger and even cheeses.
133 Murray Street, Perth
Follow the crowds and head to this hidden bar, which is always heaving on a Friday night. As you enter through the iron gates, you’ll hear great music and see crowds spill out onto the cobblestone path. The two-storey venue is perfect for a quick drink, or stay longer and book dinner with friends. It’s one of those bars where you go for one drink with work colleagues and then end up staying the whole night, because the atmosphere is fun and relaxing.
888 Hay Street, Perth
With some of the best brews out of Western Australia and around the world, it’s no wonder this bar is always packed after work. Located in the State Buildings, Beer Corner is the ultimate bar to sit back and relax after a long hard week. There are 20 beer taps on constant rotation, as well as a curated list of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails and the bar staff truly know their stuff. It’s a buzzy, loud bar that attracts an inner-city working crowd.
Corner Barrack Street & St Georges Terrace, In State Buildings
As the weather gets warmer, there’s no better place to relax than The Aviary, and with views of the city skyline, it’s no wonder this bar is busy. Watch the sun set over the city with a drink in hand and even grab a bite to eat, they have everything from pizzas to burgers and bar bites. This bar is in the heart of the city on William Street, above the Perth Underground Station, if you’re catching public transport.
Level 1/140 William St, Perth
Unwind after a hectic week at this small boutique bar. The cocktail bar might be hidden down a laneway, but you can’t miss it, it’s decked out with an eclectic mix of furniture and has old suitcases hanging from the ceiling. They serve your classic cocktails (martinis, old fashioned and negronis), as well as cocktail teapots, signature cocktails, wines and beers. If you decide to make a night of it, then try their cocktail shooters that are available until midnight.
321 Murray St, Perth
Just because you’re not staying the night at The Ritz-Carlton, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cocktail or two at the hotel’s enchanting bar. The bar, which is on the same level as the pool, has seating inside, as well as seating outside overlooking Elizabeth Quay and the city. You have to try their signature, The Songbird cocktail that is a mix of Belvedere, Davidson plum and Belsazar Rose, but the best part is it’s served in a glass shaped as a bird. Inside is set-up with elegant plush chairs and tables, while outside has relaxing booths and outdoor settings overlooking the city. Food is also available and they only take walk-ins.
The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Barrack St, Perth
Another Elizabeth Quay watering hole you must visit after work. The venue is made up of multiple levels with The Ground Floor dedicated for casual eating and coffee, The Dining Room for dinner and finally Henry’s Rooftop. Henry’s Rooftop is where it’s at, with both city and river views, great tunes and cocktails for you to wash the week away – one of their giant cocktails will do the trick. You can always head downstairs for a bite to eat later, or order something from Henry’s pizza and bites menu.
Eastern Promenade, The Towers at Elizabeth Quay, Ophir Walk, Perth
This small bar located at the QV1 Plaza is a favourite for after work drinks. This place attracts a corporate crowd straight after work and then evolves throughout the night into a more casual and fun crowd. The décor is intimate with booth seating, bar and high tables. They take drinking seriously and have a refined drinks list and an impressive list of seasonal cocktails.
QV1 Plaza, Milligan St, Perth
This St Georges Terrace cocktail and whisky bar is a Friday night hot spot for it’s delicious drinks and dimly lit décor. It’s the type of bar you can lounge around in all night or pop in for a quick drink before you head home. Housed in the restored 1910 Perth Technical College, the bar is cosy and intimate, with leather lounges, chairs and high bar tables. There’s even a small courtyard that’s a great spot for an after-work drink during the warmer months.
Brookfield Place 125 St Georges Terrace, Lower Georges Lane, Perth
This basement bar is a hidden treasure in the east end of Perth in Hibernian Place. From their cherry blossom tree to delicious Japanese inspired cocktails, this place is perfect for a drink or night of dumplings and dancing. Their bar bites are delicious and the DJ plays the best tunes until 2am. Did we mention they do cocktail urns too?
Basement/40 Irwin St, Perth
If you like crowds, then head to the Market Grounds, which sits perfectly in-between the city and Northbridge, near RAC Arena and Yagan Square. The two-storey venue has everything you need, from outside seating, a dancefloor and even a restaurant area. It’s the type of casual bar/restaurant that you would come for a late lunch and then take the afternoon off and stay all night.
10 Telethon Ave, Perth
The Flour Factory
Gin lovers should head straight to this Queen Street for all things gin related. There’s a gin wheel, gin tree (that you can share with friends) and a never-ending supply of…. gin from all around the globe. This bar is pouring Perth’s largest collection of gin and the kitchen serves some delicious food too. There’s seating throughout the bar, as well as down near the dimly lit restaurant area.
16 Queen St, Perth
Perth loves a rooftop bar and supper club, and Hadiqa is one of them. Located upstairs from basement bar Goody Two’s, Hadiqa is an urban oasis in the east end of Perth. Expect all your favourite wine and beers, plus a delicious Turkish delight cocktail, which they’re known for. You’ll come for the Moroccan vibe and stay for a delicious spritz.
Top floor, Hibernian Place, 40 Irwin Street, Perth
This iconic Perth hotel has been on the corner of William and Wellington Streets since 1882. Don’t worry, it’s had a major renovation since then and draws a crowd on Friday night. You can sit downstairs, but most people head on upstairs for the view over Yagan Square. This is the type of bar where you can stay all night, be loud with your work colleagues and grab a bite to eat. They have classic pours, over 14 beer taps, plus a delicious cocktail list.
531 Wellington St, Perth