Living in WA, with the first hint of sunshine comes an immediate urge to drink outdoors and the Sunday Session really is ingrained in our DNA. What better way to indulge than by spending an afternoon eating and drinking in your local garden bar, under a lush canopy of greenery. Here’s some top picks for this summer!
The Arbor is one of four venues situated inside The Old Synagogue, a state-listed site ingrained in Fremantle’s history. Sitting pretty in the heart of Fremantle at the top of the Cappuccino Strip, this iconic venue has been transformed into a leafy three-story pub serving snacks, pizzas and elevated pub grub. Hosting a Sunday session from 12:00pm on their iconic front lawn, pick a prime spot to people watch the characters of Fremantle. The team love a visit from your pups too, so if you are after a dog-friendly bar, look no further. Enjoy live acoustic music during the day and once the sun goes down, visit ‘The Naughty Corner’ downstairs for tunes from their resident DJs. With all they have to offer, The Arbor is sure to be Fremantle’s go-to Sunday session this summer.
Open Sun to Thu 11.30am–10:00pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am–12:00am
Mount Hawthorn’s newest garden bar is located at Hawaiian’s Mezz shopping centre at Pogo, the latest offering from famous Perth restauranteurs Eamon Sullivan and Scott Bridger. Expect a modern and fun menu influenced by Mediterranean cuisine serving up crowd-pleasing favourites. To complement the launch of the Pogo Garden Bar they have introduced four summer ‘poptails’ to their menu, a delicious twist on classic cocktails garnished with a popsicle. Indulge in mezze and poptails all weekend from 3:00pm until late in their verdant laneway. If you decide to visit on a Sunday arvo, expect Hip Hop & Hummus, Pogo’s Sunday series running from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Open Fri to Sun 3:00pm-late
Tucked away in the east end of Perth, Hadiqa is a stunning Middle Eastern rooftop bar and restaurant, inspired by the Arabic word for ‘garden’. Vertical gardens and luscious greenery are spread throughout the venue, accompanied by velvet blue and earthy coloured décor. Their signature share style menu will bring a touch of spice and colourful fair to your meal – think hearty tagines, flavoursome salads and of course Baklava for dessert. The real showstoppers this Summer will be their Botanical Spritz Trees. Made to be shared with friends and created to allow you to taste a range of their trendy cocktails, these Spritz Trees are too beautiful not to post on the ‘gram. Due to popular demand, it is recommended to pre-book these beauties.
Open Wed 4:00pm-9:00pm; Thu to Fri 12:00pm-late; Sat 4:00pm-late
Sweetwater Rooftop Bar
A garden terrace with panoramic views of East Fremantle and the Fremantle Port, Sweetwater Rooftop Bar offers delicious Asian-fusion share plates. Upon arriving at this hidden rooftop venue, you are greeted with bountiful plants and stylish interiors. Known for their dumplings and cocktails, it’s the perfect sunny spot for a long lunch with the gang. From November to February, Sweetwater will be bringing Tokyo to you, transforming into a cherry blossom garden filled with lush florals and seasonal blooms, offering Japanese-fusion bites and limited-edition cocktails.
Open Wed 5:00pm-10:00pm; Thur 5:00pm-9:00pm; Fri & Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm; Sun 11:00am-9:00pm
The Windsor Hotel’s Garden Bar
Enjoy an Ogdens pint straight from the tank at South Perth’s favourite local. The Windsor Hotel’s newly renovated garden bar is home to the Odgen Microbrewery which is surrounded by vine canopies and exotic flowers. With plenty of seating available, you will be sure to find a spot to bask in the sunshine and watch the brewery in action. The Garden Bar Table is available to book for casual groups between 20 and 30 people, with chic grazing tables on offer. Or if you’re searching for a central Sunday sesh, GB Sundays go off with live music, DJs, $8 speciality cocktails, fresh oysters and $2 BBQs.
Open Wed & Thu 4:00pm-late; Fri to Sun 12:00pm-late; Sun 3:00pm-late
Dive right into the jungle in the heart of Northbridge at Henry Summer, on Aberdeen Street. Decked out with pretty pink and green interiors and sprouting endless plants, it personifies garden bar. Henry Summer is an all-inclusive venue welcoming your fur babies with open arms, even offering dog treats on their menu. With your pup sorted, you can spoil yourself with cheese boards and 1 litre cocktail jugs. To secure a table, groups of 5 to 16 people can book otherwise walk-ins are encouraged.
Open Wed & Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm; Fri & Sat 12:00pm-2:00am; Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm