5 Of The Best Summer Cocktails In Perth

While they may not be the most cost-effective drink on a night out, there’s something about cocktails that bring out the summer vibes. But when you’re paying around $20 a pop for a glass of spirits all dressed up, you’d really want to know that whatever’s in that glass has been shaken (or stirred) by the best in the business. Thankfully these bars know how to do a summer cocktail right, meaning your hard-earned $20 will be well spent.


La Vida Urbana

From the masterminds behind El Publico, La Vida Urbana is the newest kid on the block in Leederville’s Newcastle street. While the popular Mexican restaurant is famed for their knock-your-socks off tequila, their recent addition to the drinks menu is a must-try this summer. The Hibiscus Sangria contains house made hibiscus infused syrup, limoncello, Vino Tinto, freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit fizz, fresh lime, and of course, a shot (or two) of tequila. You may want to phone in a friend to help you finish off this 1.2L jug…

Try: Hibiscus Sangria


The Standard

Setting the standard (pun intended) for most bar slash restaurants in the Perth CBD, this neat little joint has really got it going on. Whether you choose to set up camp inside, outside or on the rooftop, you’ll almost feel at home here. Not to mention the fact that the drinks menu will keep you well hydrated throughout the evening. For something fruity and light, their Pretty Punches are a go-to. Putting a contemporary twist on the old school punch, they contain most of the traditional ingredients, as well as purées and sherbets, and are best enjoyed in the wine garden.

Try: Pretty Punches


Budburst

This little neighbourhood bar may be small, but it certainly delivers some big stuff. Taking ownership from a passionate sommelier, Budburst is the ideal spot to hang out with a few friends on a Tuesday night and collectively deal with the fact that the weekend is still three working days away with a summer cocktail in hand. And that cocktail would definitely have to be the Stiggins Daiquiri. Created using Plantation ‘Stiggins’, a ‘fancy’ pineapple rum, a squeeze of lime juice and a drop of their in-house pineapple syrup, it’s practically got ‘summer holidays’ written all over it.

Try: Stiggins Daiquiri


Odyssea

Where can you pull up a chair and watch the waves roll in with a cocktail in hand you ask? Odyssea of course. Boasting views of our beautiful coastline, this beachside restaurant and bar is nothing short of seaside elegance. The extensive drinks menu has something for everyone, and channels ‘summer vibes’. The Blueberry and Kaffir Lime Martini came an equal first place with their signature Pomegranate and Peach fizz cocktail. The martini combines kettle one vodka, triple sec, blueberry puree and kaffir lime foam, a strange combination that somehow works exceptionally well.

Try: Blueberry & Kaffir Lime Martini


Benny’s

If you’re a city slicker like myself, you probably don’t venture out to Fremantle enough to know that the guys at Benny’s now make their own Aperol sorbet. Yes you read that correctly, Aperol Sorbet. This house-made Aperol sorbet slowly melts into some of the finest Italian Prosecco to deliver something so refreshing and moreish, you’ll need to stop yourself from ordering one too many.

Try: Aperol Spritz

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Noodle Palace Is Back For 2018

Get excited Perth, because Noodle Palace is back for it’s biggest event ever. It’s going to be so big they had to change venues. Forget partying on the rooftop of Central TAFE, this year Jumpclimb is bringing the Palace to Perth’s own Elizabeth Quay.

But before you get all nostalgic over the sweaty nights spent up close and personal with complete strangers on a rooftop, you should probably know that this new venue boasts one heck of a double-decker sky bar, so you can take in the views of our pretty city without copping an elbow to the face.

Of course a bigger venue calls for a bigger line up, so it only seemed fitted that the opening weekend was filled with some of the most exciting names to hit Perth’s music scene this year. Kicking off the opening night on Friday the 19th is Sydney’s own Basenji, followed by Brisbane producer Young Franco on Saturday the 20th. And on Sunday’s we rest with the chilled-out vibes in the custom-built hanging lounge garden.

Feral Brewery will be setting up their iconic Palace Bar and supplying us with $8 cans to quench only the thirsty of thirsts, while Bao Wow, What The Cluck, and Gary’s Diner will be a few of the food vendors feeding our hangry faces. 

A must-see act for thrill seekers involving an intense sonic performance from Séance that lasts for 15 minutes will be held in the Palace’s front garden. It all starts inside a pitch-black shipping container, and its recommended you bring your sixth sense (and maybe a change of underwear?).

And of course Noodle Palace just wouldn’t be complete without an event from Banana Social and Season’s who are bringing their Australia Day Party to the Palace. 

For more info and what’s on when check out the official Noodle Palace website

5 Of The Best West Coast Craft Beers

We’re pretty blessed here in Perth. Not only are we home to some of the best beaches in the world, but we also have some of the best breweries right at our doorstep (kind of). With summer around the corner, there’s no better time to grab your mates, and grab an ice-cold beer from one of WA’s favourite craft beer breweries.


Gage Roads

Since first hitting the market in 2005, Gage Roads have gone from being a brewing startup to now having a household name. Taking its name from the strip of ocean that runs between Fremantle and Rottnest Island, the brewery is home to surfers, swimmers, seagulls and ships, representing its founders and everything they stand for. If that’s not enough reason to love them, last year they took out the top prize at the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne for their pale ale – Little Dove.

14 Absolon St, Palmyra


Feral Brewing Co

Nestled amongst the old vines, The Feral Brewing Co has marked its territory in the Swan Valley for years now. After opening its doors in the early 2000’s, when Australia’s independent brewing scene was in its infancy, it has become a popular watering hole for those that enjoy a finely crafted beer. First driven by a deep respect for traditional brewing methods, the team behind the name set out to brew ambitious beer brimming with character and complexity. It now hosts seasonal culinary events throughout the year, making it the perfect location to curl up on a rug with a picnic basket and a few cold brews.

152 Haddrill Road, Perth WA


The Monk Craft Brewery

As Fremantle’s only Small Batch Craft Brewery, Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen offers its customers a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of the Fremantle city hub. The menu here takes inspiration from around the world, while the brewery boasts award-winning beer and farmhouse cider that is produced in their small batch brewery. Can’t decide which brew is for you? The Monk’s beer tasting paddle is the best way to sample the whole range, with recipe cards and tasting notes for just $20 you really can’t go wrong.

33 South Terrace, Fremantle


Little Creatures

I think it’s safe to say that Little Creatures is one of Fremantle’s most iconic watering holes. Afterall, it has been around since they year 2000. Nestled on the water’s edge in Fremantle, Little Creatures is dedicated to making a unique range of beers for both the locals and visitors. It all started with a group of mates who wanted to brew a hop-driven American Pale Ale with a distinctive aroma and delicious flavor. Little Creatures is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon sampling different brews and chowing down some pub grub.

40 Mews Rd, Fremantle


Matso’s Brewery

For good beer and an even better location, Matso’s Brewery takes the cake. Situated in the tropical paradise we call Broome, this brewery has made the former Union Bank building its home. Besides having the best brew in town, Matso’s beers reflect their location by showcasing the ingredients the region is famed for in their beers. The most popular brew is Matso’s Ginger Beer, and it’s one that offers plenty of bite. For something a little fruitier, the mango and desert lime fruit that appears in the two ciders are said to make you feel as if you’re sunbathing on a tropical beach.

60 Hamersley St, Broome

Inner City Watering Holes

Working 9-5 can be challenging at the best of times. And while donuts can help get us through hump day, nothing beats kicking off the weekend with Friday arvo drinks. Well Perth, it’s time to quench your thirst, because I’m bringing you the A-list of Perth’s favourite inner city watering holes. All you have to do is manage to get through the day (easier said than done).


Mayfair Lane

Taking over The Brown Fox, Mayfair Lane is a British-style gastropub offering old-school service alongside a sophisticated menu. Perth’s loveable local is the perfect place to sink your teeth into classics like bangers and mash or a fat, juicy beef burger at the pub whilst feeling a million bucks. But if you’re after something a little swankier, head over to the dining room, and check out the a range of aged steaks, twice-cooked pork belly and Cone Bay barramundi. And to wash all that fancy down, there’s plenty of by-the-glass options from a mere $8 to $44. Although the London Spritz is prettttty good (just saying).

72 Outram St, West Perth


The Stables Bar

As the old saying goes “you can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’. Well here at the Stables Bar, I can guarantee you’ll be enjoying a cocktail or two (or three?) The “house creation’ cocktails are seriously potent, but oh so good. Try the Fresh to Death – gin, Pomme Verte, watermelon juice and pomegranate liqeur. Or opt for something a little less deadly with Miss Saigon – Vodka, fraise de bois, strawberry and ginger. And in case you were wondering, Prince Harry was spotted here in 2015…

888 Hay St, Perth


Print Hall

It’s Friday night and you’re feeling pretty damn fly. Well Print Hall is the place to be. With Bob’s Bar for a rooftop breeze, Apple Daily for some chow and Print Hall ground level bar for a good time, you’ve got all bases covered. After wining wine list of the year last year, expectations will be exceeded here. Print Hall’s latest addition to the drinks menu is their twist on the famous Prohibition drink ‘Old Fashioned’ – moonshine bourbon, homemade vanilla syrup and barrel aged bitters. Prohibition is over.

Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Tce, Perth


Lalla Rookh

Depending on your source, this underground bar and restaurant was named for the old goldmine to the North West of Marble Bar. And while the name suggests nothing to do with Italian food or good wine, there is always demand for both. Boasting a dining room, bar, lounge, wine store and beer garden, it’s the ideal place for a Friday lunch (the kind where you don’t have to slug back to the office). The wine list has drops from star regions and makers, while the beer options on tap are aplenty. Good luck trying not to leave with a few bottles of vino for the weekend.

77 St George’s Terrace, Perth


The Reveley

Taking out the title for the best view in Perth is The Revely. Whether you opt for the rooftop or ground level view, you’re bound to see Perth in all its beauty. It’s located in the heart of Lizzy Quay, making it the perfect place to sink a few bevs post Friday night drinks at work. The cocktail list covers all the classics, but Basil’s Garden creation is perfect for those hot summer nights. You’ll find wine by the glass or bottle (depending on your mood), champagne, beer and cider on tap, house spirits and even non-alcoholic drinks for the designated drivers. Safe to say you won’t be parched.

Elizabeth Quay, Perth

Perth’s First Cheese Bar Is Now Open

A licensed fromagerie has opened its doors in the heart of the CBD in Perth, and it’s practically heaven for cheese lovers.

Fromage Artisans is a licensed fromagerie located in the old WA Club on St Georges Terrace, but it’s better known as “the vault of cheese heaven”, and rightfully so. Here you’ll find Perth’s first ever walk-in cheese room where you can pick your own cheese and drinks to have there or take home and save for later.

They’ve got pretty much everything you need to fulfil your cheese fantasies. From paired cheese flights and shared plates to cheese science classes, glazing tables, fromage masterclasses and so much more. There’s even a basement lair that will set you up for a decadent cheese adventure. You may need to leave your lactose intolerant friends at home.

For opening hours and more info check out their website.