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The Best Of Perth’s Boutique Bars

For those who have planned a catch-up, professional or personal, and are tasked with selecting a venue, Perth’s eclectic range of boutique bars can be overwhelming.

From a Parisian Art Deco-themed watering hole to a bottle shop with a stay-in twist, read on for Perth bars that are sure to impress.

King Somm Wine Bar & Store


King Somm has a dining area further back, which is darker and moodier. Image: King Somm Wine Bar & Store / Facebook

Bayswater’s brand-new bottle shop and bar King Somm Wine Bar & Store breathes life into a traditionally quiet suburb.

The bar is in good hands, with many Perth hospitality all-stars on the bill: Sommelier Aaron Commins from Print Hall, Colleen Carney from Duende, and Mariusz Ganski from Must Winebar.

Housed in a 100-year-old heritage site, the venue’s brightly-lit front room leads to an upscale bottle shop with local and international wines impressive enough for a sommelier’s personal cabinet.

Further back to the dining area, the venue is darker and moodier. Here, guests can enjoy pizzas and small share plates from neighbouring pizza joint Jane Dough Pizza in an intimate setting.

13 King William Street, Bayswater

The Laneway Lounge

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The Laneway Lounge is a late-night speakeasy. Image: The Laneway Lounge / Facebook

Tucked down an alleyway off Murray street lies The Laneway Lounge. This late-night speakeasy is an elegant and understated retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Low-hung Edison bulbs, ornate lamps and vases, baroque frames, and mid 20th century upholstered sofas give the venue a quirky personality.

Three distinct rooms offer unique experiences, taking you on a journey through a mixture of romantic Paris and prohibition-era New Orleans. A live music lounge frequently hosts live jazz acts like Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys and Overflow Trio.

Enjoy a maple syrup and bacon Manhattan, one of the many inventive cocktail selections crafted by award-winning mixologist, Grant Collins.

Mouth-watering tapas like truffle arancini, buffalo chicken wings, and pork belly bomb om are on the dining menu. For sweets, try Nutella and banana crepe, with honeycomb ice cream, dulce le leche sauce and pistachio brittle.

414b Murray Street, Perth

The Cabin Small Bar

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The Cabin was awarded one of the first small bar licenses in Perth. Image: The Cabin Small Bar / Facebook

The Cabin was awarded one of the first small bar licenses in Perth. It opened in 2009, but was taken over by a new owner in 2012.

Having had time to test its hospitality game, this bar knows a thing or two about warm atmosphere, exceptional service, and a delicious menu.

Expect a hunting lodge vibe with chesterfield couches, exposed brick walls and dusty books. A fireplace, driftwood tabletop and a taxidermy head presented on the wall round out the décor.

Though cosy in winter, the venue is also ideal for summer with a balcony perfect for a sunny Sunday session.

The wine list is impressive, the staff helpful, and the tacos to die for.

174 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

Swallow Bar

Swallow-Bar Perth

Swallow Bar has eclectic music from jazz to underground UK hip hop. Image: Swallow Bar / Facebook

Swallow Bar is a suburban icon, contributing to Maylands’s buzzing social scene since its opening in 2012. The Parisian-themed spot, owned by power couple Meredith Richmond and Zoe Roy, showcases all that they love: people, travel, architecture, music, great food and drink.

The art deco inspired interior spares no detail. Here, antique light fittings, a pressed tin and recycled Jarrah bar, and original train carriage seats from 1916 feature.

Eclectic music will send you on a genre-bending journey from 1950s rock to old school jazz with some underground UK hip hop thrown in. Local live blues and jazz acts play most nights of the week.

Menu offerings are simple and filling. Unchanging crowd favorites include artichoke and cheese gratin, as well as spinach and gruyere croquettes.

It’s Swallow’s cocktails, however, that are its pride and joy, with all the usual suspects, expertly-made.

198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands

(Lead image: King Somm Wine Bar / Facebook

Published 09 April, 2019