The arrival of spring means one thing: the return of alfresco drinking. Here are the best venues for rooftop refreshment.

Alex Hotel
Why we love it This isn’t technically a bar, rather a private rooftop for hotel guests, but it’s arguably the best place in town to sip a pinot from the Shadow Wine Bar downstairs. 50 James Street, Perth.

Bob’s Bar
Why we love it We at Perth Guide are prone to drinking Old Fashioneds at Print Hall’s rooftop bar and imagining that it’s our publication up in lights and not The West Australian. Hey, we can dream! 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

The Conservatory
Why we love it With serious bragging rights as Perth’s first rooftop bar, The Conservatory comes complete with a retractable roof, outdoor barbecues and epic city views. 356 Murray Street, Perth.

Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodlebar
Why we love it Ramen with a view. That’s what’s on offer atop Northbridge’s favourite three-storey noodle bar. Throw in a round of sake cocktails, and a warm spring night couldn’t get any better. 311 William Street, Northbridge.

Mechanics Institute
Why we love it It mightn’t have much of a view, but feasting on Flipside burgers and craft cocktails on Mechanics Institute’s rooftop more than makes up for it. 222 William Street, Northbridge.

The Nest on Newcastle
Why we love it Not only is it an ace place to watch the sun set over Northbridge, but the leafy rooftop of this new hotel lets guests order up dinner and drinks from The Old Crow downstairs.172 Newcastle Street, Perth.

The Standard
Why we love it Does the top of a shipping container count as a roof? We reckon so. The Standard’s, which can be found above the courtyard bar, is ideal for thirsty vertigo sufferers. 28 Roe Street, Northbridge.

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