So you’ve swiped right, matched and exchanged some banter. Now it’s time to meet your true love face-to-face. But we all know first dates are never easy. There’s always that fear you’ll insult them, bore them, or talk too much to fill that ‘award silence’. But thankfully you can make your first date less nerve-racking by dabbling in a few drinks at one of Perth’s best first date bars. The key is to pick a bar that matches the vibe the two of you have been sharing. And if that doesn’t seem to work, there’s always the ‘fake phone call’ get-away.
The Standard is a tiny but mighty bar that you’ll end up leaving hours after you’ve met your date (provided all goes well). But on the rarity the two of you can’t stand each other, the bartenders here know how to make some seriously strong cocktails to help you survive the evening.
28 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003
Rooftop bars are always a good idea for a first date. Bob’s Bar provides a large open space with plenty of fresh air and strong alcohol, making it a laid-back way to find out everything there is to know about the mystery guy/gal. And if your date turns out to be a total flop, you can always have a chat to the friendly bartenders about how you wish you could have ‘accidentally’ shoved your tinder match over the edge.
125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
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This relatively new bar in Northbridge is always packed, so if your date is a no show, there will plenty of other possible candidates around. With five bars and no shortage of space for drinking and dining, you can easily spend a solid few hours here finding out each others deepest darkest secrets. If the two of you get hungry, they’ve got a few grazing boards on offer, and if you feel like trying something new, they’ve even got wine on tap – makes for a good conversation starter.
69 Aberdeen St, Northbridge WA 6003
The best thing about No Mafia is that it’s located right next to Franco Forte, so whether the date is going impressively well or horribly wrong, you can grab a bowl of pasta to collect your post-date thoughts. Being an Italian bar, you can expect some notable wines and antipasto.
189 William St, Northbridge WA 6003
Whether it’s a hot summers night or a cold winter evening, The Cabin is a great spot to meet a complete stranger for the first time. The interior boasts a real cosy cabin feel with its low lit lighting, decent sized fire place and couches aplenty. And if it’s getting too heated inside, the balcony provides just the right amount of fresh air to sit down and enjoy a few drinks with your soon-to-be partner.
If you’re after a subtle romantic vibe, then Clarences is the spot to check out. With soft candle light and cosy booths, the atmosphere couldn’t be more warm and welcoming if it tried. Partake in a wine or two and peruse the menu, there’s a different meal special every day, so you can charm your date on a budget.
566 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
With a view of the beach and an impressive line up of food, you’re practically guaranteed a second date after an evening spent at Coast. Soak up the chilled-out casual vibes whilst sipping on a few Port Beach Mojito’s with your date. And if you run out of stuff to talk about, you can always marvel at the sun setting over the beach.
42 Port Beach Rd, North Fremantle WA 6159
When is Little Creatures not an appropriate place to kick back and enjoy a house-made beer or cider. The vibe is so chill, you can easily spend a few hours getting to know one another. And if all goes well after one drink and you suddenly develop an appetite, the pizza’s here are ideal sharing size.
42 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160