Okay, Perth dwellers, this is for you!
Craving somewhere slinky for your drinky? Suffering from a case of the drinky doldrums?
Thanks to a small bar license, approved by the WA government in 2007, proprietors are starting to patch up the cracks of Perth’s cityscape. But the holes in the wall aren’t simply disappeared. They are being revised and revamped into hip itty-bitty bars, the perfect place to dress all shiny and share a cocktail with a (really) small group of friends.
Clockwise from top left:
Helvetica, 1907, The George, and Double Lucky
Since the introduction of the small bar license, designed for venues that hold up to 120 people, around 30 such certificates have been handed out by the WA Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.
Clicky for our list of sexy small bars to spice up your nightlife…
- 185 – Uber-chic meets modern and funky for dinner and drinks at 185. Based in The Chifley, the city’s only true boutique hotel. (185 St Georges Tce, Perth)
- 1907 – Situated in a 100-year-old rag trade factory, 1907 is a slinky miss indeed! World-class-restaurant meets a top-notch bar. Iron your Sunday best. (26 Queen St, Perth)
- Bar 399 – Hybrid bar/café bringing some sophisticated spice to Northbridge. The tiny venue features a tiny wine list, and something different for dinner every day. You will eat it. (399 William St, Northbridge)
- Alda’s – Panini palace by day, delicious drinkies by night! Find Alda’s tucked behind Pierucci in Wolf Lane. Don’t ask for a cocktail, because you won’t get one. (317 Murray St, Perth)
- Amphoras – Foodies and wine connoisseurs plug Amphoras as the place to be. With a unique European vibe, their business is wine and tapas, and oh, do they do it well! (1303 Hay St, West Perth)
- Andaluz – Ready for some inner city chic? Andaluz delivers. Choose from contemporary Spanish tapas and a delicious drinks menu whilst relaxing in the intimate lounge. (Basement, 21 Howard St, Perth)
- Canton Lounge Bar – Designer cocktails? Check. Decadent digs? Check. Delicious eats? Check. Everything you need for a good time! (532 Hay St, Perth)
- Double Lucky – Count yourself double lucky when you find this eclectic bar with its ‘down and dirty design’ and its extensive list of wine and boutique beer. (11/663 Newcastle St, Leederville)
- Ezra Pound – [UPDATED: it’s open] This luscious beau, a secret speakeasy straight out of the 1930s, is the place to go to unwind to Motown melodies. Get your booze in jam jars or wrapped in a paper bag. (189 William St [near corner of James St], Northbridge)
- Helvetica – Named after everyone’s favourite sans-serif font, Helvetica is sure to awaken the typeface nerd within. Oh, the wickedest of whiskeys! (101 St Georges Tce, Perth)
- Hula Bula Bar – An oldie but a goodie, this tiki bar transports you to the jungles of the South Pacific. Except with an infectious retro soundtrack and the best cocktails in the biz! (12 Victoria Ave, Perth)
- Mrs Brown – Mrs Brown is the latest lady of the North Fremantle scene. She’s not a fancy lass, but she’s the perfect place for quaffing wine in an armchair. (241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle)
- Must Wine Bar – Posed fittingly behind a classy 1930s façade, Must is an absolute must for wine lovers. A wine list with over 600 references and a decadent bistro menu makes Must a perennial favourite. (519 Beaufort St, Highgate)
- Pure – Decked out in pristine white, Pure is straightforward and uncomplicated. Café by day and classy cocktail haven by night. Pure and simple. (331 Hay St, Subiaco)
- The George – The epitome of luxe decadence. The George is a faultless restaurant and cafe, but step up to the champagne bar for a real treat. (216 St Georges Tce, Perth)
- Tiger Tiger – This king of the jungle is winning hearts and is a favourite with the indie crowd and city workers alike. Champagne from 7am, bar opens at noon. Drinks and eats for all! (329 Murray St, Perth)
- X-Wray – Is it a bar? Is it a café? It’s the best of both worlds, featuring a semi-vegetarian menu and live tunes just like you’d expect in Freo. Tapas from 6pm. (13 Essex St, Fremantle)