With world class wine country just an hour or three South, it’s no surprise that Perth is home to some equally upstanding venues passionate about good wine. From ever evolving wine lists that explore new and old wine making techniques and knowledgeable staff to help you find the right glass to have on its own or with a meal, here’s a list of reliably good wine focused bars and restaurants that provide all of this and more:
A gastropub and dining room taking cues from a traditional British pub, there’s duck fat roast potatoes and mushy peas on the menu, but the wine list is more to write home about. Set under pressed tin ceilings and a mixture of modern and vintage interiors, Mayfair Lane is the baby of one of Perth’s most distinguished wine enthusiasts and there’s nothing but passion on their list, showcasing reliable picks of both Australian and international wine.
Shadow Wine Bar
Inspired by old world European dining rooms and contemporary seasonal cuisine, enter Shadow Wine Bar through unassuming doors on William St in Northbridge to find a sleek, darkly lit hall of fine glassware and wine to match. Served by the bottle, carafe or glass, the menu showcases our best local wine with European exports handpicked to pair with their menu of shared food that celebrates both modern Australia and Europe.
Billie H Supper Wine Bar
Dedicated to the brooding jazz siren Billie Holiday, the wine at Billie H Supper Wine Bar tastes as if it was reverse engineered to go with the food. No strangers to putting a great wine list together, the owners of this popular haunt have been responsible some of Perth’s best wines including Il Lido and Duende and now you can enjoy their incredible lists to the sound of live jazz.
Petition Wine Bar
Embracing the story behind wine producers of all backgrounds, Petition Wine Bar curates boutique wines for those who want to be challenged and those who simply want to enjoy a glass with their meal. Focusing particularly on organic and biodynamic practices, the best way to experience the list is to ask one of the knowledgeable staff more about your favourite grape.
With a constantly evolving wine list, the guys at Balthazar stay engaged with the latest that’s happening in the wine world, as well as traditional methods of winemaking. Focusing on terroir driven, minimal intervention wines, ask them for a few tasters before opening a bottle.
With an intimate wine cellar home to 300 labels served in the main restaurant, Lala Rookh’s 27 seater enoteca style bar off Sherwood Court, has been a gem here in Perth for a long time. Explore wine by the region or by the grape and let their experts lead you to the perfect drop, based on general preference or your choices off the food menu.
Whisper Wine Bar
This French style wine bar serves a quality glass of wine with it’s most suitable companion, a good plate of cheese. Also serving up cheese fondue, Whisper Wine Bar take the experience to another level. From Denmark Pinot Noir to wines as far flung as Stellenbosch in South Africa, there’s plenty to ask about on their list, particularly if you’re feeling adventurous.