Get ready to bar-hop to the 10 best rooftop cocktail bars in Perth this summer!
The novelty of a rooftop bar never gets old. There is something so unique and exciting about sipping cocktails among Perth’s city skyscrapers. Whether it’s for after work drinks, a weekend meeting point with your friends or a date night spot, a rooftop bar is the perfect location for a memorable day or night out.
Summer is usually the best time to enjoy these rooftop bars, but if you’re game, rug up over winter and experience these bars year-round. You’ll be able to enjoy cocktails, craft beers, delectable wines and any other beverage you fancy from these incredible and scenic rooftop destinations.
So, to help you say cheers to summer in style, check out our list of the 10 best rooftop cocktail bars in Perth – all with views of the CBD, the Swan River and even Fremantle.
Rooftop at QT
From the 18th floor of the QT Perth hotel lies an impressive rooftop bar. Luckily, you do not have to be a guest at this luxurious Perth establishment to enjoy the sweeping views and spacious bar at the Rooftop at QT. Their bar menu features local wines, signature cocktails, beer and bubbles for you to sip on throughout your visit. Their cocktails look especially enticing with concoctions of grapefruit, macadamia, wattleseed, lemon myrtle, elderflower and many other flavours. Having one of the most elevated rooftop bars in the city, and with sophisticated outdoor and indoor interiors, a day or night at the Rooftop at QT is an experience you must not miss.
Bob's Bar at Print Hall
Named after the former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, Bob’s Bar is the rooftop terrace at the popular Print Hall. With its central city location, Print Hall is a favourite meeting spot for those looking for after-work drinks. Bob’s Bar has a tasty bar menu, cocktails, wine and cold beverages on tap. Residing in Print Hall, the original headquarters of the West Australian newspaper and its printing press machines in the 1930s; this venue is also home to three other establishments – a cafe, bar and an Asian-fusion restaurant.
Found in Northbridge and just a short walk from the Perth train station is Mechanics Institute, a rooftop bar that could otherwise blend into the many heritage buildings of the area. The cosy and industrial-esque venue is home to alfresco seating overlooking out on to Northbridge below, and a bar serving up many beverages on tap or from the spirit collection. In 2015 they were voted as the Australian Small Bar of the Year and today, five years on, they remain a popular watering hole in Perth’s bar-laden Northbridge.
Right in the hub of the city and conveniently next to the train station lies The Aviary, a hotspot for a rooftop cocktail and a boogie with the best DJs around. From the bar you can look up to see skyscrapers towering above you, or you can peek over the edge of the balcony to see the busy Murray Street Mall. During the cooler winter months, The Aviary usually sets up rooftop igloos, where you and your friends can cosy up in clear domes fit with fluffy rugs and, of course, endless drinks and bar snacks. As for summer, you can sit under the umbrellas on the deck, or dance the night away beneath the palm trees and fairy lights.
Henry's Rooftop at The Reveley
The three-tiered popular eatery, The Reveley is home to Henry’s Rooftop bar, which has magnificent views of both the river and the CBD. One of Perth’s best rooftop bars, Henry’s has almost any type of spirit imaginable, from Japanese whisky to spiced rum and grapefruit vodka. Cocktail lovers can choose from a menu of signature concoctions, or opt to share a Giant Cocktail with their partner in crime. If you’re feeling peckish, there are pizzas and share-style plates, with delights such as oysters, croquettes and sliders. The other levels of The Reveley include the cafe-style Ground Floor, and the modern restaurant on the Dining Room Floor.
Another beautiful spot to take in the urban jungle and enjoy a drink is Prince Lane that’s nestled in Perth’s CBD. The rooftop interior is fitted with fairy lights, umbrellas and lush greenery making it a relaxing and ambient rooftop bar to to settle in whether that be in the afternoon or in the evening. The vast beverage menu has all of the beers, cocktails and wines you could hope for. Pick from one of their speciality cocktails, such as the Gingerbread Baileys with butterscotch, coconut and gingerbread syrup, or ask for a classic cocktail if you’re craving a good old mojito or margarita. Apart from being titled as one of Perth’s best rooftop bars, Perth Lane is also popular for functions, so it might be a unique option for your next birthday party or special event!
Lucky Chan's Laundry & Noodle Bar
One of the coolest and most novel restaurants in Perth, this Asian-inspired eatery also sells cocktails and even alcoholic bubble teas coming in flavours such as the Hubba Bubbletini and the Sour Faced Samurai. Upstairs is the rooftop bar, which has a theme that changes every four months including their current Johnny Mo – a fictional head of the Japanese mafia. Apart from the samurai swords and themed decorations around the garden rooftop, this Perth bar will spice up your drinks with liquid nitrogen, smoke and fire. Currently, one of their Johnny Mo drink specials is The Gogo featuring a cherry gin, pink grapefruit, cherry blossom and botanical rose fog! Given how fleeting these rooftop themes are, there is no reason to put off a memorable trip to Lucky Chan’s.
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
Home of dumplings and cocktails, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar in Fremantle is known for their Asian-inspired feasts and casual garden rooftop. The bar offers many wine and cocktail options including the intriguing Zen Monk cocktail, with jalapeño infused gin, lavender, orange and ginger beer. And despite being situated in foodie-orientated Freo, Sweetwater is still carving the way in Perth’s delicious food scene, offering yum cha, multiple Asian delicacies and even a plethora of vegan and gluten-free options.
Hello Rooftop Bar at The Rechabite
The four-storied Rechabite is home to the Hello Rooftop Bar, a spot where you can admire views over Northbridge’s William Street with a drink in hand. The large Rechabite is a century-old heritage building, which has been revived to become an integral part of the city’s music and entertainment scene. Hello Rooftop is always running events, such as dance parties and Sunday sessions. If you desire a change of scenery from the rooftop, you can pop down to the three lower levels, for either a bite to eat or further opportunities to dance the night away.
Tiki as FK
Tiki as FK is a groovy 60s-inspired bar and cocktail lounge in Northbridge. The tiki theme is reflected in their decor with a timber-laden bar taking centre stage which serves up a delectable cocktail and beverage menu, which doesn’t shy away rum, or any other spirits for that matter. The cosy rooftop has views of the neighbouring city buildings and there is regular live music, DJs and comedy nights to experience. At Tiki as FK, you can sit back with a cocktail (in an iconic tiki mug) and pretend you’re somewhere a little more exotic and tropical for a few hours!
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