Perth rooftop bars and outdoor cinemas let you enjoy summer and early autumn under the sun or stars, and with the Rooftop Movies launching now, you can get the best of both worlds!
When it comes to movie-free rooftop bars, Perth has quite a list. Here’s a selection.
At The Aviary, Perth really comes into its own, especially in the evenings when the city lights are twinkling. Some rooftop bars are better described as top floor with balcony, but this one really is a 500 square metre rooftop open to the sunny skies and stars. Situated on William Street in Perth, the warm modern decor, comfortable seating and cityscape views make this one a must.
Sweetwater in East Fremantle is another gem and a relative newcomer south of the river, having opened its doors in mid 2016. The menu is Asian-influenced, utilising local produce, and there’s a good wine and cocktail list. The decor here is cool and modern with a nod to SE Asia, and the view across to the port and river is refreshing.
Wildflower is at the top of Como The Treasury Hotel, the result of an applauded renovation of the old Treasury building on St Georges Terrace. The chic steel-and-glass glamour of this rooftop terrace bar is worth experiencing before heading back inside to the dining area for lunch or dinner. Enjoy views across the city to the Bell Tower and Swan River.
Henry’s Rooftop Bar is on top of the Reveley Complex at Perth’s waterfront development, Elizabeth Quay. From its high vantage point, you can see along the river to the Old Swan Brewery and across it to the South Perth foreshore, with the city towering behind you. There’s a fabulous wine and beer list, and an excellent range of gourmet snacks on the menu.
New Normal in Subiaco is an eco-friendly rooftop wine bar, less appealing for its views yet possibly more so for its philosophy. Not only does this venue serve locally sourced, seasonal food, but it makes a positive attempt to eliminate wastage. The ambience is casual, welcoming and chic, focusing on quality fare, including plenty of meat-free options.
Among many summer events, Perth Fringe World Festival has just kicked off its Rooftop Movies in Northbridge. The programme includes classics and cult, from Muriel’s Wedding to Reservoir Dogs. This is a licensed venue (so no BYO), also selling pizzas and sweets, and you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
This year, Rooftop Movies aren’t the only Perth rooftop cinema experience. The Tradewinds Hotel in East Fremantle is showing one movie a month on its Rooftop Terrace, accompanied by sunset drinks and street food.
You might prefer to opt for an open air cinema experience in Perth that keeps your feet firmly on the ground. Here are some of the most popular venues for an evening of wine, snacks and movies under the stars.
The Perth Festival’s international film season runs through the summer and early autumn at the Somerville (University of WA) and the Joondalup Pines (Edith Cowan University). These are hand-picked movies from right around the world, many of them subtitled, and all of them top quality. Both venues have food and drinks available (no alcohol at the Pines) and you are welcome to bring your own picnic snacks.
Kings Park outdoor cinema, known as the Moonlight, is a popular choice for families. Screening hit movies on a gigantic screen, the venue has no seating but lots of grass for picnics and rugging up with pillows and blankets.
Luna Palace Cinemas have two outdoor cinemas with lots of character. Camelot Outdoor Cinema in Mosman Park is a stunning art deco structure with a licensed bar and wood fired pizza oven. Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville is an intimate space in a lush garden with a mix of deckchairs and cafe tables. This is a licensed venue selling wines, beers and cheeses. You are also welcome to bring a picnic along. Movies at Luna Cinemas are a mix of arthouse, classic and recent releases.
Kookaburra Outdoor Cinema at Mundaring Weir is notable for the stunning forest that forms a dramatic backdrop to movies under the stars. Popular current movies are screened throughout the summer and into the autumn. There’s deckchair seating or you can bring your own chairs if you prefer. Hot and cold drinks are available at the kiosk - otherwise this is a BYO venue.
Telethon Community Cinemas are run by volunteers and donate all proceeds to children’s charities. There are three of these outdoor cinemas screening recent popular movies this summer, in Burswood, Bassendean and Murdoch. All venues are fully licensed and sell a range of food.
Most seating at outdoor cinemas is in deckchairs or on the ground, so bring cushions and rugs for comfort.