Did you know Perth is blessed with more sunny days than Brisbane? We’ll keep that ‘Sunshine State’ tag thank you very much, but happily sojourn west for some fun in the sun! With Perth’s mining boom over, there’s never been a more affordable time to visit Western Australia! Book into a fab boutique hotel and discover the emerging small bar and music scene springing up around town. After dark, the city comes alive and here’s our round-up of the hottest spots for beers and beats.

Petition Wine Bar & Merchants, Perth

Featuring a carefully curated selection of boutique wines from smaller producers and interesting varietals, the savvy team will help you pick the perfect drop with your choice to either take away or stay and drink in the beautiful surrounds of the renovated State Buildings – genius!

Mechanics Institute Bar, Northbridge

With grungy tunes, Flipside burgers and curious cocktails, head to Mechanics Institute for rooftop hangs. With a leaning toward worldwide whiskey’s from the US and Scotland, they’ve also got all your gin and tequila cravings covered too.

Shadow Wine Bar, Northbridge

Sleek and sexy, Shadow Wine Bar has crazy good bar snacks and a stellar wine list with a mix of local, national and international wines. Enjoy longer shadows by retreating to neighbouring Alex Hotel for a nightcap.

Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar, Northbridge

Enter via the front Chinese laundry into Perth’s first partially crowd-funded cocktail and noodle bar. The small eating house has an uber inviting bar stocked with sake and spirits and street eats menu of dumplings, bao and ramen. The multi-level temple has rooftop tables too and the food is beyond delicious, just go!

Ezra Pound, Northbridge

This laneway drinking den has recently changed hands, so yet to see whether there will be a change to their current focus on organic and biodynamic wine. Blink and you’ll miss it down Williams Lane, it’s a relaxed spot for a sneaky tipple.

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The Standard, Northbridge

Set in a lofty industrial space with only see-through shelving separating the bar and kitchen, the enticing aromas of delicious dishes wafting through the bar will have you grabbing for a menu as soon as you walk through the door. The relaxed wine garden out back is perfect for balmy Perth nights. This Northbridge bar sets a new standard in contemporary bar food in Perth (see what we did there).

W XYZ Bar, Rivervale

More than just a lobby lounge, this sleek bar features local live music every Friday night from 5-8pm and serves up some of the best cocktails in town.

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The Bird, Northbridge

This hipster hangout and live music venue is the perfect place to catch a cool live band or DJ session. With entry fees just $5-$10, it feels good to support local music.

Lot 20

Located in the heart of Perth’s cultural precinct, stop by Lot 20 for quick bar bites and a drink on the deck or linger longer for something more substantial from their menu, which has a subtle French influence.

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Sleep with me…
With all this bar hopping, you’ll need a place to crash. One of Perth’s newest hotels is Aloft; designed for global travellers, it’s all about social spaces and open thinking with a focus on art, music and design. Check in to one of the colourful rooms with cloud-like beds, free wifi and access to the heated outdoor pool with incredible artwork by Stephen Baker, overlaid at night with cool animation. Don’t miss tasty bites and breakfast grazing in Springs Kitchen, or just hang out in W XYZ bar sipping a cocktail or two. Epic views can be found from the rooftop terrace, taking in views of the Swan River and beyond.

Aloft Perth, 27 Rowe Avenue, The Springs, Rivervale, Perth WA

The writer was a guest of Aloft Perth.

Feature Image: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

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