Perth, often unjustly branded as “boring” by some, is a city that has long held a secret close to its heart—an incredible and thriving wine bar scene that’s sure to surprise even the most sceptical of critics.
While it’s true that Perth laid-back charm and pristine beaches might initially give off a tranquil vibe, beneath the surface lies a passionate and vibrant culture of wine appreciation. Don’t believe us? Check out these wine bars the next time you’re in Perth.
Copia is the kind of place where you go to bookend the day. In the morning, grab a small batch brew before work, and in the afternoon, slink into its lush outdoor seating, perfect for soaking up the balmy afternoons with a curated global wine list by the glass or bottle. The drops are picked for their locality and are often from boutique producers. There are pinot noirs from Germany, chenin blanc from South Africa, and of course, a suite of local wines from Margaret River to the Barossa Valley. Pair your wine with some snacks, like the Copia sausage roll or a duck and pork terrine, before heading home.
Burrowed beneath the heritage-listed Newspaper House is Small Print, a dimly lit, plant-filled space serving fine wines, cheese, and charcuterie. The idea here is to try wines, so instead of only having one glass, expect to try multiple. Although, that’s not to say you can’t just have one glass. Do what you want. But a wine pairing is the best way to experience this cellar bar. The wines are constantly rotating, so you’ll never know what you’ll try next.
Venture into the States Building to find Wine Merchant and its wall-sized wine collection. Whether you’re a wine aficionado looking for rare bottles or just want a good drop, you’re bound to find a tipple to satisfy you. Grab a seat at a table and order some bar snacks like the ham hock croquette, or for something bigger, the Wagyu burger goes down a treat with a jammy-red. The staff are wine experts, so don’t be afraid to wave one over for their advice.
North Bird Dining Room and Wine Store, located in Northbridge, offers a unique experience as both a wine store and a dining room. Their wine selection emphasises natural wines from small producers. The food menu of Mediterranean-inspired small plates, including house-made focaccia, stracciatella with blood orange and chicken cotoletta, is well worth grabbing a seat for.
Le Rebelle, a charming bistro in the old Circa site across from The Astor Theatre, takes inspiration from vintage bistros in New York and Paris. Divided into three sections, it offers a casual front drinking space, a refined dining room at the back, and a central wooden barThe wine list features 49 bottles with a focus on French, European, and Australian producers and European aperitifs like Suze and Lillet Blanc. For even more wine options, Bar Rogue, their spin-off venture, is just a short stroll away on Beaufort Street.
At Madalena’s, wine takes the spotlight in its beverage offerings while also providing beer, vermouth, and Aperol and Campari spritzes. Collaborating with North Fremantle’s Wise Child, Madalena’s has curated a wine list that features new-wave and organically farmed wines from innovative winemakers. The cellar stocks food-friendly and beach-ready wines, alongside more unconventional skin-contact varieties.
Andaluz, tucked away in a discreet Howard Street alley, is a treasure trove for wine and cocktail enthusiasts. The wine selection, though compact, showcases unique European labels, like the Italian Manincor Reserve della Contess’ and the Sierra Cantabria Cuvee Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. This charming hideaway invites city workers to unwind amidst its secret labyrinth of cosy corners.
Lums, a 120-person wine bar, is all about the simple joy of great wine in a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you crave an Odinstal riesling from Germany or a local Si Vintners skin-contact wine, Lums has you covered. They also feature rotating fortified wines, cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic options. The food menu, influenced by Spanish flavours, boasts delectable options such as raw boquerones with sourdough and cultured butter.