Look very closely at the wine bar scene in Perth and you could be mistaken for thinking you were cruising the alleys of Melbourne CBD. Perth residents have been the fortunate recipients of opening after opening of fantastic new wine bars, and the team at Singlefile are regulars at many of them, especially given our wines star on the list among the myriad fabulous drops. As the festive season looms large, we thought we’d narrow Perth’s wine bar options to a civilised top 5. We hope you manage to enjoy at least a few of these great places soon.
We love this bar, not least because it’s Perth’s answer to Melbourne’s City Wine Shop, but mainly because its wines are selected by the ever-knowledgeable Jeremy Prus, and his team follows suit with generous service and insightful recommendations. Expect lots of hard-to-find wines with an Italian hue, and a few natural wines lurking on the list – be brave. They’re worth the adventure.
Lower Ground, 77 St. Georges Terrace, Perth
Can’t get to Spain this year? Drop in to Andaluz for a taste of Iberia. This dark and broody bar is a maze of intimate rooms made all the more inviting with chesterfields, European tables and a lustrous bar set-up. The wine list is a local and international line-up and the cocktails, spirits and beers are top shelf. A visit here means nothing without perusing the tapas menu – we dare you not to order a dish or seven.
Basement level, 21 Howard Street, Perth City
The arrival of Budburst has elevated the urban village of Mount Hawthorn into must-visit territory. It’s at once slick and refined; ambitious yet gracious. The wine list may be pithy but its content is inspiring. There’s something great for everyone. And the small plates range from charcuterie and duck breast to croque-monsieur. Yes, there’s a 70s flavour going on. But it’s done with style and class and masses of character. Do yourself a favour.
406 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn
Heading to a show at the State Theatre Centre? Drop in to Bivouac before or after to experience great wine, a spot of art and Mediterranean “peasant fare”. The food is made for sharing – choose from salads, boards, pizzas and sides. It's open late and its wine selection focuses on the best regional expressions of popular varieties.
198 William Street, Northbridge
Technically more “neighbourhood pub” than “wine bar”, The Boulevard’s vinous line-up is as impressive and good as any wine bar in Perth’s CBD. Selected by Paul Maley, the carefully considered list encourages its clientelle to try new things. And we love that. The team is very helpful and allows customers to try before they buy, which says much about the confidence they have in their selection.
Corner of The Boulevard and Howtree Place, Floreat