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Perth Rooftop Bars Perfect For Soaking Up Summer

Thanks to Perth’s ever-evolving transformation and its blessed climate, the city’s bar scene is rising to new heights – literally.

The Western Australian capital is now home to a slew of upscale venues perched at the top of boutique hotels, heritage buildings and fine-dining restaurants.

Offering premium drinks alongside the standard line-up, not to mention with a side of killer city views, Perth’s rooftop bars are prime spots to soak up spring and summer. Move over Melbourne, they’re ready to rival. Here are five of the best of the bunch.

The Aviary

Image: The Aviary / supplied

Another rooftop bar in the heart of Perth is The Aviary. With its convenient location directly above the Perth Underground, not to mention its laidback ambience, this place is ideal when taking the train in and out of the CBD.

Drop in for a quick beer and burger, or settle in for an evening of socialising between the ferns and greenery of this city oasis. The all-weather lounge (the bar area is covered with a funky ceiling) prides themselves on Espresso Martinis with three concoctions to choose from. If coffee isn’t your thing, the drinks menu offers up cocktails, craft beer, and a selection of wine from around the world.

Wildflower

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For somewhere a little sleeker, head to Wildflower. Located at the top of COMO The Treasury, this fine-dining rooftop restaurant also has a terrace. Wildflower’s dining menu celebrates the Noongar six seasons, and this concept extends to the bar menu. Cocktails are inspired by nature, bush tucker and Perth’s finest qualities. Neat spirits and fine wine can be ordered too.

Nibble on snacks curated by Head Chef Matthew Sartori: green olives, roasted nuts, Albany rock oysters, and lamb sausage rolls as you gaze over treetops to epic views of the Swan River. Wildflower is highly regarded as a swish venue, but is open to everyone. Just be sure to look sharp – no shorts or sleeveless shirts, please.

QT Perth

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Perched on the 18th floor of QT Perth is Rooftop at QT. The vibe here is industrial. Think exposed beams, concrete-coloured walls and black mesh curtains. Nab a table surrounded by high-back chairs or score a plush coach on the outside deck. The views spread for miles, and the scene is most spectacular after dark.

Expect to see glitz and glam on weekends, and suits and smart casual attire the rest of the time. Cocktails match the attire with glamorous names including Concrete Jungle (featuring Bacardi Rum and Campari) and Rooftop Fashion (Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, and orange bitters). Even the food here is hip: live oysters, arancini balls and truffle-laced mac and cheese fritters are all on the menu.

The National Hotel

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The recently refurbished National Hotel in Fremantle boasts one of the few entirely open-air rooftop bars. Exposed to the elements, the National’s sky-high bar offers some of the the best views in the port city.

The building’s iconic cupola, which once housed a spiral staircase for roof access (now there’s an elevator), acts as the service and bar area. The breezy space, which opened in late 2018, specialises in gin-based cocktails with a Spanish-style Gin Tonica being the signature drink. You’ll want to get here early if you want to get a seat. Because of its position and weather-dependency, opening days and hours will vary. In summer, expect it to be open from Wednesday to Sunday starting at midday.

HI-LINE

perth rooftop bars

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HI-LINE at Crown Perth inside the Crown Perth mega-complex first began as a pop-up bar, but was made a spring and summer seasonal staple. Delectable drinks with sugared rims and hues as vibrant as the city’s famous sunsets feature on the menu. Favourites include Jamaican Deck Chair (Bacardi, Malibu, Peach Schnapps) or Bananarama (tequila, Aperol, banana liqueur).

Popular for after-work drinks or before a theatre show, HI-LINE is a secret garden in the middle of urban sprawl. With a backdrop of bush trees, manicured lawns and patio umbrellas, sip cocktails and snack on bar food including chicken satay skewers, salt and pepper squid, and vegetable spring rolls. HI-LINE re-opens in November.

(Lead image: The Aviary / supplied) 

Published 01 October, 2019