1. The Beach Club, Cottesloe
The Beach Club is Perth’s best-known Sunday Session venue in summer for good reason: an effortlessly cool beach-chic fit-out that would make the Hamptons proud; extremely well-heeled and well-groomed guests; chilled-out tunes; excellent food; and an exclusive location just off Cottesloe Beach.
2. Matisse Beach Club, Scarborough
Over-the-top art deco glamour meets pool party fun in a venue that wouldn’t be out of place in Las Vegas or Miami. A long, shallow pool runs the length of a striking courtyard dotted with faux palm trees, cocktail-strewn tables and lounges topped with monogrammed pillows.
3. The Breakwater, Hillarys
An enviable location on the popular boardwalk of the Hillarys Boat Harbour has made this one of Perth’s most iconic venues for a Sunday Session. The action centres on the Lower Deck. Tables fill early with guests keen to spend the afternoon soaking up the sun – and a pint or two – while waiting for a front-row seat to the sunset.
4. Ocean Beach Hotel, Cottesloe
Sundays in summer bring the OBH to life. The Saloon Bar’s large windows open to the sea breeze, beach views and the setting sun, and attract the weekly throng, who prop sand-dusted legs on the windowsills and knock back pints.
5. Bathers Beach House, Fremantle
OK, so we know Sunday sessions aren’t exactly the best for kids (loud music, stabby stilettos, drunken hooliganism) but Fremantle’s newest beachside venue, Bathers Beach House, is kinda making the idea seem plausible. The little ones adore the free sun loungers on the sand out front, and parents dig the family-friendly, ocean-facing dining room inside.