MoCU CURATES FIVE OF THE BEST WINE BARS IN PERTH
With its penchant for fresh produce and proximity to some of Australia’s most diverse wine regions, it was only a matter of time till Perth emerged as a cultural melting-pot for food and wine lovers. As you read this, there is undoubtedly some new wine bar, down one of Peth’s many hidden laneways throwing open its doors just waiting to be discovered. But, there’s no need to go to all that trouble. From Northbridge, to Fremantle to Subiaco and the CBD, here’s 5 wine bars we prepared earlier.
Petition Wine Bar & Merchant
Image source @ Petition Wine Bar & Merchant
The very nature of a wine bar insists there should be a vast array of the good drop on offer at any one time. So then, there must be no greater moniker that you’ve come to the right place than a floor to ceiling wall of it. Welcome to Petition Wine Bar & Merchant, the perfect after work ‘wine down’ where staff come with a smile and most importantly, excellent knowledge of the liquid in the bottle.
- From bottle to glass there is a well designed selection of wines on offer created under the watchful gaze of Emma Farrelly, anywhere from local and organic, to Australian greats and through to European and mediterranean styles all starting at $9 by the glass.
- A somewhat detailed bar menu complements the wine to a tee and you can’t go wrong pairing your preferred tipple with a selection of European cheeses or something from the charcuterie.
- Housed under the roof of the heritage listed State Building, the Wine Bar & Merchant is one of three Petition venues, including Petition Kitchen and Petition Beer Corner - meaning you’ll have the best of both worlds from afternoon to late evening.
While it’s a great place to settle in for the night, should you decide that you’d like to escape the city, it doesn’t hurt to mention that everything you see on the wine list is available to take home.
Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Sreet, Perth
(08) 6168 7771
Mon - Sun: 11:30am - Late
Shadow Wine Bar
Image source @ Shadow Wine Bar
As its name suggests, this Northbridge haunt is a shadow casting favourite for locals and foreigners alike. Drawing its inspiration from the area’s longstanding European immigrant history, Shadow brings classic dining into the modern era with vino at the forefront.
- Choosing a wine has never been this easy; sommelier Terri Seeber navigates your way through an impressive wine list by categorising wines under their most prominent notes such as ‘Earth’ or ‘For the lovers of Big and Bold’.
- Much like its classic meets contemporary interior, the menu walks on with a modern twist. Try the Fremantle Octopus or the Grilled Quail, pair it with anything under ‘floral and lively’.
- If you’re from out of town and want to make a weekend of it, Shadow is nestled right beside the boutique Alex Hotel to whom it belongs.
Established in 2014, Shadow and the Alex Hotel is actually owned by a consortium of the good people that brought us craft beer phenomenon, Little Creatures, who set out to bring some new and exciting concepts to the industry. Well, they’ve done that and more, this one’s not to be missed.
214 William Street, Northbridge
(08) 6430 4010
Mon - Fri: Noon - Late
Sat - Sun: 8am - Late
Image source @ Young George
Wine bars typically parade as sombre, dark pockets to imbibe the night away, but it’s the airy and bright interiors, coupled with a lengthy and seemingly thoughtful wine list, that make this Fremantle den a winner.
- Doubling as a wine store by day and night, as you can imagine you can have your pick here: Argentinian, French, Italian, Spanish, plus a decent selection of fortifieds and they don’t come up short on the local WA wines either. A lot of decent bottles that won’t break the bank.
- The trio behind Young George are passionate about delivering good wine and food to the people of Freo. Industry old guards, they consist of Melissa Palinkas, food critic Rob Broadfield, and winemaker Rob Bates-Smith.
- Their street food inspired share plates and late night kitchen reallys tips them over the edge; try the smoked pork cheek, venison bratwurst or anything straight from the wood fire oven.
Handsome yet humble is the best way to describe Young George’s, predominantly dressed in white, unfailingly trendy and so far from pretentious. It’s the perfect backdrop to sit on a good bottle with friends, but be warned, once you pull up a stool you won’t want to leave.
48 George Street, Fremantle
(08) 6424 9500
Image source @ Billie H
There is an alluring warmth about Billie H that will always make you want to stay for just that ‘one more drink’. A small and inviting space situated in Claremont, this wine bar comes from a figure behind some of Perth’s best eateries.
- Owner Daniel Goodsall has previously been behind some of Perth’s favourite eateries including Duende, Il Lido and Bread In Common. He named Billie H after his love for jazz idol, Billie Holiday.
- Showcasing an impressive 23 by the glass choices, Goodsall absolutely knows his wine - our pick is any of the local pinot noirs. If you’re stuck, the friendly staff are more than happy to walk you through it.
- You’d be hard up to go hungry here, we’re all about the honey glazed pork loin with pear and parsnip butter or the Kingfish carpaccio with lemon and mustard.
While the bar’s name may have jazz origins, the thematics seem to stop there. Goodsall lets the food and wine do the talking here and if you’ve got your wits about you, you’ll be all ears.
34 St Quentin Ave, Claremont
(08) 9384 0808
Mon - Tue: 11.30am - 10pm
Wed - Sat: 11:30am - Late
Image source @ Must
Grape based refreshments truly are a part of the DNA at Must. If you’re looking for a celebrated wine list matched with some of the best French Provincial inspired food around, then it’s name indicates it all, Must is simply a must try.
- Headed up by popular WA restaurateur Russell Blaikie, Must has remained a staple to the suburb of Highgate since opening in 2001.
- If you’re one for choice, the Must wine list delivers with hundreds of wines on offer. Anything from Spanish and Portuguese whites to French Rosés and local Cabernets. Of course it wouldn’t be French without a a good dose of superb Champagne. If you’re keen to branch out, Must recommends the Werlitsch Ex Vero, an Austrian six blend white. It’s ‘beguiling’ they say but will put you back a solid $18 a glass.
- For French eats at the bar you can expect the likes of chicken liver parfait and Croque Monsieur but things get a little more rich straight from the Bistro - think Pancetta wrapped Quail, Potato Gnocchi and Vanilla Creme Brulee.
This is a place, where if you want to, you can go all out; French indulgence with local ingredients, basically what food and wine dreams are made of.
519 Beaufort Street, Highgate
(08) 9328 8255
Mon - Sun: 12pm - Midnight
Keep this list on hand to make your wine bar decision-making just that little bit easier, but you should also keep some quality bottles of wine on hand at home, which is where MoCU can help. Curating a selection of expertly crafted wines, as well as beers and ciders, MoCU delivers straight to your door. Many of the products featured on MoCU cannot be found anywhere else. Plus, you’ll enjoy free delivery to metro areas on orders over $50*.
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