The Best First Date Bars In Perth

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

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

Bob’s Bar

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

For more Rooftop Bars in Perth, check out the Perth Rooftop Bar Guide

Henry Summer

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

No Mafia

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

The Cabin

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.

174 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016

Clarences

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

Coast

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

Little Creatures

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

Tried & Tested Snacks: February Edition

With new products on the market almost every week, it can be overwhelmingly difficult to decide which to try first. To help make the decision process slightly easier, i’ve tried and tested five products this month, find the verdict below.


1. Mars Frozen M&M’s Peanut Sticks

It’s about time Mars brought out a frozen version of their best-selling chocolate. These individually wrapped ice-cream bars contain a creamy milk chocolate ice-cream encased in a hard-chocolate outer layer with crushed m&m shell throughout with the perfect hint of peanut butter.

Verdict: So good I could eat the whole four.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles freezer isle.

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2. Gelato Messina Tim Tams: Ice Coffee

Australian biscuit brand Arnott’s have collaborated with Gelato Messina for their second Tim Tam range. This time the concept behind the three flavours was to store them in the fridge and eat them cold. The flavours included Choc Cherry Coconut, Iced Coffee and Turkish Delight.

Verdict: Personally I’m a Tim Tam Slam fan, so eating my Tim Tams straight out of the fridge was entering new territory. That said, the flavours were pretty true to their name. Ice coffee was hands down the crowd favourite.

Where to find: Woolworths & Coles biscuit isle.

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3. Salted Caramel Almond Milk

Australia’s Own Foods Salted Caramel Almond Milk is nutty, sweet and (slightly) salty all at once. It slides down your throat with ease, exciting even the bleakest of taste buds. Best enjoyed ice cold.

Verdict: Free from gluten, dairy and soy, you’d be surprised at how good this milk tastes. Get creative and add it to a smoothie. Breakfast never sounded so good.

Where to find: IGA & Specialty Food Stores.

 

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4. Fantastic Rice Mini’s

For an alternative to Arnott’s Shapes, these mini rice wheels are the perfect bite-sized snack. Flavours include Chicken, Honey & Soy or Chilli Salt & Pepper. For a mini wheel of rice, the flavour sure does pack a punch, and the texture is almost Twistie-like, making them hard to put down. Arguably Honey & Soy was my favourite of the two, although the Chicken was a close first. 

Verdict: Ate the entire box on the car ride home from Woolworths.

Where to find: Woolworths biscuit isle.

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5. The Golden Gaytime Sanga

Ditching the stick, the Golden Gaytime has been transformed into the most epic ice cream sandwich you’ll want to get your hands on ASAP. It boasts a sweet carmel-ey honey cream on the inside, and a classic biscuit cover on the outside. The biscuit has been ramped up by ‘improved crumb technology’, with a higher crumb density, so your tastebuds may go into serious shock.

Verdict: This is one serious game-changer in the ice-cream department. The perfect balance of ice cream and biscuit, I don’t know why you’re still reading this and not getting your hands on one.

Where to find: IGA freezer isle.

 

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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

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

Dog Friendly Pubs In Perth

We all know how hard leaving your pooch at home can be, especially when you’re heading out for a drink at the end of a long, hard week. Thankfully that won’t ever be the case again. This list of pubs and bars cater for both you AND your furry friend, so you’ll never have to drink alone again!


Little Creatures

Take a walk along the Fremantle hub, play some fetch in the park, and stop off at Fremantle’s local favourite, Little Creatures. You’ll find drinks aplenty, including their finest local brew. Just make sure you order yourself a side of fries (with aioli of course) to share with your best friend.

40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160


Propeller

There’s really not much Propeller can’t do right. And now that you can bring your four-legged friend along to enjoy a hot summer night on their outdoor terrace is really just a plus. Who knows, your pup may even just make a friend or two!

222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle WA 6159


The Sandbar

After you’ve taken your pooch for a dip in the doggy beach, take your sandy feet over to The Sandbar where you sit and watch the sun go down over Scarborough beach. If you happen to be there on a Sunday, it’s recommended you take full advantage of their $10 Espresso Martini’s!

1 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough WA 6019


The Rosemount Hotel 

Casual beers at The Rosemount Hotel are always a good idea. Bring your hound along and you’ll be in for a stellar Sunday night. There’s always live music and plenty of cocktails to go around. Food here is a must, sharing is however optional.

459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth WA 6006


The Royal

No trip to East Perth can be complete without a pit-stop at The Royal. Boasting water front views and a pub atmosphere, your four-legged friend is sure to enjoy his day out. The bar menu has everything from Oysters to Pizza, while the beverages menu is overwhelmingly detailed.

60 Royal St, East Perth WA 6004