Our favourite bars and restaurants maintain a great atmosphere, but stay quiet enough that you can hear yourself think.
We love the hustle and bustle of Northbridge on a Friday night.
But sometimes—whether it’s a date, a catch up with old friends, or we’re just really down to talk—we head to a few of our favourite bars and restaurants which are busy enough to maintain a great atmosphere, but still quiet enough that you can hear yourself think.
A refuge from its larger counterparts, The State Buildings’ Petition wine corner is a perfect spot to bond over brilliant local and imported wine by the glass or bottle. Proximity to some of Perth’s best restaurants, and a small plates menu of its own can only help.
Despite its name, Tiny’s can and does get big and loud as the work week winds to a close, but the thoughtful design of the bar and restaurant (not to forget the licensed liquor emporium next door) means there’s always a corner to scurry into whenever peace and quiet is required.
It may be harder to secure a spot in Maylands’ longstanding small bar than the rest of the list, but those who make it in time are rewarded with an intriguing bar menu, an exclusive atmosphere, and a high likelihood of some of Perth’s best jazz musicians setting the mood.
Another bar and restaurant with a heavy Jazz focus, the North Fremantle staple Habitué is bright and lively, but never obnoxious.
A restaurant the size of Gordon St Garage should feel colder, but great food, coffee and lovely staff combine with a beautiful fit-out to make this big space feel warm and intimate.
While the hustle, bustle and drama of Northbridge is only a few metres away from No Mafia, the brilliant Italian food and one of Perth’s best wine lists mean you can choose whether to take part or just admire from a cozy distance.