Emma Farrelly's 12 favourite wine bars and wine restaurants in Perth 2023
Star Wine List's Perth-ambassador, top sommelier Emma Farrelly, has selected ten of her favourite wine spots in the city, and one in Margaret River. Here you can find everything from international cult producers and rarities to local top producers. Check out the guide!
Address: 492 Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove
Located in one of Perth’s most affluent suburbs, Pep’s is a neighborhood wine bar with a relaxed and community-driven vibe. The wine selection is succinct and focuses on a diverse selection of premium imported and local wines. While there is no printed bottle list, the staff will gladly help you pick something from the shelf or tightly packed Vintec’s if you need assistance.
Phone: +61 08 9421 1206
Address: 6 The Esplanade, Perth
In the centre of Perth’s Central Business District lies Balthazar, a restaurant that makes you feel like you are in the right place. Something about this venue always screams ‘grown up’, and you will most often be rubbing shoulders with a strong corporate/business clientele. The aesthetic, food and wine list all say ‘serious’, but the team has a friendly and approachable nature. The menu is modern, smart cooking with a nod to local produce and seasonal ingredients. The wine list is compact and concise, covering a great range of regions and producers. There is a strong focus on French and Ita...
Phone: +61 (08) 9325 7077
Address: 77 Saint Georges Terrace, Perth
Lalla Rookh is a wine lover's paradise, a treasure trove of hard-to-come-by labels and cult producers. The venue is split into two different areas, the main one being a large dining room with a long bar and a small outdoor courtyard. Through a large door off the dining room, you will find the "wine store", a buzzing, intimate space offering an excellent by-the-glass selection (including some highly sought-after premium wines via Coravin) alongside perfect wine snacks with a European slant. Jeremy Prus (owner-operator) is a true hospitality professional with an incredible understanding of win...
Phone: +61 (08) 6161 3100
Address: 676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
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At the northern end of the Mount Lawley strip on Beaufort St, you will find a dimly lit and moody bistro called Le Rebelle. Romantic and sultry, this elegant little space offers a solid French menu with youthful energy. The wine list is compact and precise yet full of great wines from admiral producers. The engaged staff, excellent playlist and sharp cooking will leave you feeling satiated and happy. Ask for the Fancy List if you want to splurge – a rotating list of rare bottles.
Phone: +61 (08) 9286 4050
Address: 278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
The Shorehouse is a sprawling and impressive beachside venue in Swanbourne. There is a fresh coastal energy to the bright, breezy space, with the option of alfresco dining on the deck being incredibly popular whenever the sun is out. The wine list is expertly structured and extensive, with a playful spin encouraging diners to broaden their wine education at the table. Plenty to choose from, with a strong focus on Champagne & Sparkling, Riesling and other varietals that drink well by the sea.
Phone: +61 (08) 6168 7855
Address: COMO The Treasury Level 4, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
The jewel in the State Buildings crown, Wildflower, is perched on the building's rooftop, offering excellent views of the surrounding city area. This is Perth's fine dining at its best. The menu changes following the six seasons of the indigenous calendar, highlighting native ingredients from Western Australia. The extensive wine list offers an excellent selection of current and museum wines from Western Australian regions, alongside a serious collection from the rest of Australia and beyond. (Star Wine List's ambassador Emma Farrelly is the Wine Director at the State Buildings, Editor's no...
Phone: +61 (08) 9286 1111
Address: 88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
Il Lido is a laid-back yet sophisticated venue in Cottesloe that hums from morning until late. The communal-style dining and rustic cuisine is complemented by an incredibly extensive list with Italian wines at the forefront. Wines are listed by region instead of variety, which indicates the commitment and focus of wines from Italy. Il Lido is highly regarded by the wine community in Australia and well-loved by locals too. A benchmark Perth restaurant with plenty of class and style.
Phone: +6189425 5222
Address: 72 Outram Street, West Perth
Mayfair Lane is a noteworthy gastro pub located just outside the Central Business District. This unassuming venue houses one of the greatest lists in Perth, compiled by knowledgeable owner and sommelier Foni Pollitt. The list is detailed and considered with plenty of depth and breadth. The impressive selection of Champagne is a standout, as is a section exclusively designated to wines from volcanic soils. The winemakers of Western Australia converge here whenever they come to town, which is a sure sign of a venue dedicated to the grape.
Phone: +61 8 6255 5587
Address: Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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The renowned Rockpool is an upmarket steak restaurant housed within the Crown Metropol precinct. The dining room is bold and serious, sitting alongside a large open kitchen. The bar is sophisticated, where excellent burgers alongside grand cru burgundy is most definitely an option. The encyclopaedic wine list takes time to peruse, as the regions of Europe are thoroughly represented. Verticals of Australian icons and plenty of back vintage wines are a real feature here.
Phone: +61 459 250 952
Address: 406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
In the hip and relaxed seaside neighbourhood of South Fremantle, you will find Madalenas, a quaint and sunny little restaurant where the kitchen is devoted to working with local fishmongers. The wine list leans toward minimal intervention and lo-fi producers from both Australia and beyond, with a compact and inspiring by-the-glass offering. The recently opened upstairs bar offers the same list with a short list of brilliant ‘snacks’ and an uninterrupted view of the sea.
Phone: +61 8 9226 5596
Address: 131 Saint Georges Terrace, Perth
By the Glass List Award Australia 2022
The pewter bar top welcomes you into a darkly lit, intimate space along Perth’s main business drag. The Heritage is a tale of two cities. Starting out life as an upmarket French bistro, pivoting into its very sleek and considered approach to wine bar seamlessly a few years ago. Offering a very “modest” 100 wines by the glass plus many more by the bottle, this is an oenophile’s dream. All can be done by the glass, carafe or full bottle. The new bottle shop attached is a great inclusion to the offering.
Phone: +61 8 9757 2398
Address: 114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
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No trip to Margaret River would be complete without a visit to Settlers Tavern. This quintessential country pub is home to one of the great wine lists in Australia, with an epic collection of wines from Australia and beyond. This is the type of place where you need to order a drink to figure out what you are going to drink! Settlers has won multiple 'hall of fame' wine list awards over the years, cementing it as one of the best places in Australia to drink wine. A bustling and casual "choose your own adventure" type of pub, where live music, great wine and a friendly community collide.