Top 5 Roof Top Bars Perth

This is an updated post from December 2012 of the best roof top bars in Perth. I have to say, I love a roof top bar. Not only are they a fabulous way to use space, you are up high and often have magnificent views. Roof top bars reminds me of being in New York.  Here’s my list – Perth’s top five roof top bars:

  1. Mechanics’ Institute Bar
  2. Bob’s Bar at the Print Hall
  3. The Aviary
  4. The Green House
  5. The Conservatory

 

Special mention must go to a local of mine, The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn, and the Roof Top Movies – whilst not technically a bar, you can buy beer there and it is a super cool space. Venn Skydeck is also a very cute space available for functions.

1. Mechanics’ Institute Bar

 

Urban, grMechanics Instituteungy, warehouse feel with scaffolding, exposed brick and long plank tables – then inside their bar tenders are renowned for their cocktails. Entrance is via a back alley making this Northbridge roof top bar feel like you could be in Melbourne lane way. Best of all, you can order a Flipside Burger from the bar and it gets delivered to your table.  Beer is reasonably priced as are cocktails that range from $12 to $17.  It’s a busy place and the bar is often two deep on Friday evenings.  Despite the staff shaking and stirring cocktails for eager patrons, the efficient service means you are served quite quickly.  You can buy a Flipside burger from the joint underneath and they’ll deliver it upstairs when it’s ready – awesome and a cheap way to eat. A cool place that attracts a mixed age group. I like it.

Mechanics' Institute Bar on Urbanspoon

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2. The Print Hall – Bob’s Bar

 

Part of tBobs Bar Print Hallhe Brookfield Place complex in the city, the Print Hall comprises of several bars and restaurant in the old West Australian newspaper building. The roof top bar is an ode to Australia’s larrikin former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.  Bob’s Bar is popular with young hip city dressers.  The wine list was average, the service was good, the large ottomans, wooden outdoor furniture and roof top shrubs are nice. Love that part of the roof can close to keep the rain or cold out. Nice bar food. It’s a slick city space that charges Perth city prices.
Print Hall Fine Dining on Urbanspoon

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3. The Aviary – the Nest

This place certainly made a splash when it opened in November 2011. Queues would be the norm most nights of the week.

The Nest at The Aviary

The Nest at The Aviary

Artificial grass, big canvas umbrellas, high wooden tables, massive big screen (awesome on Melbourne Cup day!) and a killer view are the elements that set a über cool ambience at the Aviary.  In the Bird Cage which is downstairs and indoors, you’ll find a restaurant that has had mixed reviews. Expect to pay Perth city prices for a drink here. It’s a great place to go if you’re waiting for a table at Jamie’s Italian downstairs.

The Nest roof top bar is a great place for a drink when the sun is out and it’s not too hot.  On those baking Perth summer’s days, you might go looking like a cool chick, but there’s big chance you’ll leave as a roast chook!

The Aviary – Nest Rooftop Bar on Urbanspoon

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4.  The Greenhouse

 

The Greenhouse Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Greenhouse
Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Greenhouse sometimes gets overlooked as a roof top bar because it is better known as a restaurant.

The outside is alive with stacked planter boxes that make this place unique and, well, green.

Everything that was used to build the Greenhouse was from recycled material – the stools are converted from wooden packing crates to form seats and candle holders are empty jars.

The roof top bar is small and has a lovely feel to it.  Surrounded by planter boxes growing herbs that are used in the kitchen downstairs, the Greenhouse roof top bar sits in the shade of the tall buildings around it.

A great place to have a drink before eating downstairs.

The coffee is good too if you need a caffeine hit during the day.

Greenhouse on Urbanspoon

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5. The Conservatory

 

The Conservatory  Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Conservatory
Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Conservatory was the first cool roof top bar to open in Perth when it opened its doors and its roof in 2011.  That’s right, it has a super cool retractable roof.  Artificial grass gives the indoor space an outdoor feel and when the roof is open, well, I suppose you are outdoors. Kind of.

The stairs leading up require some skill to negotiate particularly if you are wearing high heels.  The wooden tables and outdoor BBQ give it a relaxed vibe.

It’s popular with the city set on a Friday evening. The restaurant has had mixed reviews and expect to pay Perth city prices for drinks.

It’s a pleasant space for a drink and a shared plate of nibbles. If I was really hungry, I’d choose other places to eat a main meal.

The Conservatory Rooftop Bar on Urbanspoon

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So what are Perth city prices?  Expect to pay $8 for a half pint of beer on tap, $10 or more for a Corona beer, $12-15 for a glass of wine, and $18-25 for cocktails.

Are there any other roof top bars in Perth you like?

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