Perth is well-known as Australia's "capital of cool" (thanks, CNN!) for our city's relaxed lifestyle, hip vibe and awesome places to eat, drink and be merry.
There's nothing quite like enjoying a cold beer or cider on a summer day overlooking the lush Swan Valley or Perth Hills, or in a funky urban hangout surrounded by skyscrapers. With distillers and brewers committed to their craft, and gastronomical delights galore on the menu, you can enjoy drinks of exceptional quality paired with fantastic fare.
Here's 13 Perth distilleries and pubs we love, and we reckon you will too!
Little Creatures, Fremantle
You'll find this Fremantle institution at the water's edge overlooking the buzzing Fishing Boat Harbour, a truly perfect location to sit back and watch the world go by. Little Creatures is a flavour-loving brewery dedicated to making a unique and delicious range of beers to tempt the tastebuds of locals and visitors alike, with delicious dishes to match. You can even take a brewery tour (on the hour from 12 to 3pm daily) to learn about the brewing process and enjoy a guided tasting of all of the Little Creatures beer and cider range. Find out more.
Old Young's, Swan Valley
Nestled in the picturesque Swan Valley, Old Young's is an award-winning craft gin and vodka distillery a stone's throw from the WA Reptile Park, specialising in tasty combinations like pavlova, cold-drip coffee and herbal spirits. They're open for tastings seven days a week, so why not pop in and pick up an unusual and delicious present for someone you love (or for you!). Find out more.
Funk Cider, Swan Valley
This Swan Valley cidery specialises in bespoke, delicious ciders which are made from real cold-pressed fruits and are unpasteurised and preservative free. Funk Cider supports local farmers and their creative brewing team craft original ciders using the seasonal produce available, even including a twist of passionfruit and pineapple. These ciders are made from fresh pressed whole fruits (no concentrates), are unpasteurised and contain no sugars, water, preservatives or sulphites. At Funk Cider, the ciders are a living creature - and so is the funk! You’ll find stockists of Funk Cider across Perth, but the Funk Cider House shouldn't be missed for the freshest cider and coolest vibes, complemented by a delish food menu. Find out more.
Feral Brewing, Swan Valley
Another Swan Valley favourite, Feral Brewing Company is a proudly family owned and operated hand-crafted microbrewery with a gorgeous panoramic beer garden. Titleholders of the 2013 Australian International Beer Awards Best Medium Australian Brewery, they handcraft a world class range of awarded beers expanding from the usual to the deliciously unusual. They maintain around 16 beers on tap at their brewpub and restaurant, which are constantly changing to satisfy the thirst of visiting beer enthusiasts. Find out more.
Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar, Perth City
The Lucky Shag Waterfront Bar's one-of-a-kind location - smack-dab in the middle of town, next to The Bell Tower and with stunning Swan River vistas. The decked boardwalk provides a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying a waterfront sunset while enjoying pub classics and the extensive drinks list while listening to chill acoustic live music. Its central location and chill atmosphere makes the Lucky Shag a perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Perth City! Find out more.
Core Cider House, Perth Hills
Nestled in the verdant Perth Hills, Core Cider House is a fourth generation orchard with a long history – grappa in the 40s, wine in the 60s, and now artisan cider straight from 'orchard to glass'. This unique venue offers a tasty farm-to-table bistro, Orchard Tour & Tastings, fruit picking adventures, catered picnics, cider and wine tastings, family entertainment and even a school holiday program. With a picturesque setting and relaxed atmosphere, Core Cider House is a perfect spot to enjoy fine fare and cider, get back to nature and while a peaceful summer afternoon away. Find out more.
Elmar's in the Valley, Swan Valley
Experience world class German home-style cooked food and award-winning boutique craft beer within Elmar's in the Valley's authentic German-Australian inspired restaurant. They also boast an enormous park-like Biergarten, kids' playground, small goods store and gift shop. Their Signature Dish – Pork Shank - is amazing and always available.
Northbridge Brewing Company, Northbridge
Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Northbridge, this award-winning family-friendly brewhouse adds seasonal small batch styles to its core range, attracting craft beer aficionados who enjoy bespoke experimental brews. The menu at Northbridge Brewing Company offers all the family favourites - burgers, pizza, pasta, parmigiana and fish and chips - making it a great place for a meal and a tipple after catching a free flick on the big outdoor cinema screen at the Northbridge Piazza (conveniently located right next door). Find out more.
Indian Ocean Brewery, Mindarie
Located in the gorgeous precinct of The Marina Mindarie, overlooking the stunning Mediterranean boardwalk and sweeping waterfront views of the Indian Ocean, the aptly-named Indian Ocean Brewery is perfect to while away some time with delicious modern Aussie dishes and a great craft beer made at their very own microbrewery. There's often live music and events to enjoy here, but it’s also great at quieter times as you meditatively enjoy the sunshine and peacefully lapping waves before venturing out to explore the Marina. Find out more.
Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room, West Perth
Mayfair Lane is a charming British gastropub and dining room located in a verdant tree-lined street of West Perth, with decor, service and food all built on timeless traditions. Enjoy your favourite British classics paired with an award-winning wine list in a comfortable yet refined atmosphere. A delicious, nostalgic blast from the past! Find out more.
Harris Organic Wines, Swan Valley
Another Swan Valley treasure, Harris Organic Wines has the honour of being both Australia's only certified organic brandy distillery and Perth's only certified organic winery. They produce a range of award-winning wines from their boutique winery, with varieties including Chardonnay, Verdelho, and Chenin Blanc for dry white wines, and Shiraz and Malbec for red wines. All Harris Organic wines and spirits are grown, made and sold at the cellar door which is owned and operated by Duncan Harris. As well as wine and spirit testing, you can even enjoy a guided walking tour through the vineyard, underground cellar and winery. Find out more.
Windsor Hotel, South Perth
This iconic heritage-listed pub is a Perth institution, located just 100 metres from the South Perth foreshore and 5 minutes from Perth City by car. The Windsor is home both to the Charthouse Restaurant, an upmarket fusion-style restaurant, and Ogden's Brewery, an on-site straight-to-tap microbrewery. With various bar spaces such as the Yacht Club Bar and Garden Bar, 8 different event spaces and an Italian pizza kitchen, the Windsor is a very unique spot with something for everybody to enjoy. Find out more.
Fenians Irish Pub, Perth City
Right in the heart of Perth's business district, Fenians Pub is an Irish-style pub which has built a reputation as a popular spot for after-work drinks with colleagues; it's also perfect for a catch-up with family or friends! Fenians Pub takes its name from the 1876 escape from the penal colony of Western Australia of the six Fenians prisoners as assisted by John Boyle O'Rielly, a Fenian himself and recent escapee from incarceration in WA. Located within Novotel Perth Langley, its warm atmosphere makes it a favourite for all ages, and the mix of indoor and outdoor spaces makes the perfect venue for a pint or your next function. With live entertainment Thursday through Sunday showing local and international sporting events on the big screen, it's the perfect venue for watching a game while enjoying a menu designed to warm the soul. Drop by to take in a wide range of beers and food, with a side of famous Irish hospitality. Find out more.