The gin scene in Perth has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with more local distilleries experimenting with local botanicals, and gin festivals popping up left right and centre. If you’re a lover of gin, there’s so much to explore at Perth’s boutique gin bars, with some offering over 200 local and international gins. Spend World Gin Day this year sipping on expertly crafted drinks from our pick of Perth’s best gin bars.
Nestled on Francis Street in Northbridge, Frisk was opened in 2010 as Perth’s very first gin bar. With Perth’s most extensive collection of over 200 gins, you’ll be spoilt for choice between gin and tonics, cocktails, sloe gin and more! Just a short walk from the CBD’s vibrant bar and nightclub scene, Frisk is the perfect place for after-work drinks or before a night on the town. With an outdoor alfresco and comfortable indoor area, Frisk is a year-round venue for you and your friends to come and enjoy a drink. Frisk is open from Tuesday through to Thursday from 4pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 1am and Sunday from 12 to 11pm.
Situated within Brookfield Place, W Churchill is an Australian fine-dining pub restaurant, and a popular spot for gin-lovers due to their eclectic list of over 100 gins. If you’re a cocktail-lover, take your pick from their wide selection of delicious gin cocktails with their most popular including the Gin Fizz featuring Roku Gin, and the Dry Martini featuring Sipsmith London Dry Gin. Offering a tavern-style menu arranged by Chef James Watson, indulge in a home made beef pie while sipping on a tasty gin concoction. W Churchill is open from 11.30am until late on Tuesday to Friday and on Saturday from 6pm until late.
The Flour Factory
Spread out over three floors of a 100-year-old flour mill on Queen Street, The Flour Factory is a historic site that has been converted into a modern gin bar. With an impressive selection of over 100 gins from around the world, take a spin on their gin wheel for a ‘luck-of-the-draw’ chance to have your G&T made with a premium gin. Or, if there’s a group of you, you could try their Gin and Tonica Trees, which offer nine different G&Ts arranged on a metal ‘tree’ holder. As part of the Sneakers and Jeans hospitality group, you know their service is top-notch, particularly since winning the Group Venue Operator Award at the 2020 Hospitality Awards. They’re open from Wednesday to Saturday, and bookings can be made for lunch and dinner here.
Aurora Perth Rooftop Bar
With an impressive skyline view, Aurora Perth Rooftop bar in the Melbourne Hotel provides an elegant setting in which to relax and taste their unique, flavoured gin cocktails. The story of ‘Aurora’, meaning ‘the goddess of dawn’, who was the mother of the wind gods, gave existence to their famous ‘Anemoi’ gin cocktails which are made with their very own house blends of gin. Inspired by winds from around the world, the taste profile of each gin cocktail has its own characteristic and purpose. You can take your pick of their coffee, spicy, herbal, or citrus flavoured gins, or if you’re feeling peckish, they also offer sharing plates, perfect for an after work catch-up with the gang. Aurora is open from 4 until 11pm on Fridays.
Housed in a cosy heritage building in Fremantle, Gimlet is a small corner bar reminiscent of traditional apperitivo bars. Taste a range of gin cocktails, and you can’t go wrong with the classic Gimlet – the bar’s namesake. Part of the historic Warders Hotel in Fremantle, Gimlet is a cosy go-to drinks spot as the weather gets cooler. Gimlet is open seven days a week, from 8am (for barista coffee too) until late.