Clancy’s Fish Pub – City Beach
Flipflops and sandy feet are welcome here at Clancy’s Fish Pub on City Beach. There’s a casual atmosphere and funky music playing throughout the day. Clancy’s is a well-known chain owned by two brothers named John and Joe Fisher. They have locations throughout Perth, with outposts in Applecross, Fremantle and Dunsborough, all united in perfecting the classic beach shack vibe. Soak up the uninterrupted ocean views and enjoy simple dishes like barramundi fillets, surf & turf, salt and pepper squid and steamed mussels. Clancy’s gets a leg up on competitors with its impressive beer selection, which focuses on WA and Australian microbrews (Two Birds, Eagle Bay, Stone and Wood) but it does make some concessions to foreign brewers (Bear Republic, Brewdog, and Green Flash).
Clancy’s Fish Pub, 195 Challenger Parade, City Beach, Australia, +61 8 9385 7555
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
One of the most famous venues in all of Perth, the Cottesloe Beach Hotel , ‘The Cott,’ is a modern, semi-formal beachside venue with two distinctive bar/restaurant areas to enjoy. The Beach Club boasts high ceilings and cozy corners, striking a nice balance for customers to both welcome the warm summer breeze and enjoy a glass of rosé with friends. The Green Room plays host to the summer outdoor cinema where guests can sit back on balmy nights and enjoy free movie screenings. Alternately, the Verandah Bar is a true haven for beer aficionados, serving a wide selection of renowned local and international tap and bottle beers.
Salt on the Beach
Salt on the Beach sits right on Port Beach in North Fremantle, with only a thin hedge of coastal bushland separating it from the sand. Check in at the bar to sample one of the tap beers brewed onsite by Blacksalt Brewery, one of Perth’s most awarded microbreweries. You may also find Hahn Super Dry and James Squire Pale Ale on draft, alongside a superb cocktail menu featuring creations like the Middle Earth (Beefeater Gin, apple, lime, spirulina, wheatgrass and cucumber), the Good Morning Charles (Hendricks Gin, Cointreau, lemon, bitters, orange marmalade and Earl Grey syrup) and the Marmalade Mule (Zubrowka vodka, orange marmalade, lime and ginger beer). While the venue is very relaxed, the same amount of focus and creativity seen in their drink selection is equally invested in their food menu. A wood fired pizza oven fixes up majestic pies like the Piccola Italia (prawn, zucchini pesto, cherry tomato, mozzarella, rocket) and the Pollo Limone (spiced chicken, garlic, preserved lemon, yogurt, herbs, tomato sauce and mozzarella).
Salt on the Beach, 42 Port Beach Rd, North Fremantle, Australia, +61 8 9430 6866
The R-Bar is run by self-proclaimed ‘sophisticated rascals’ Trevena Wilson and Siobhan Gavin, who aim to provide a playful and unpretentious wine bar experience by the Rockingham beachside. The bar has previously won Western Australia’s Small Bar of the Year Award: even ex-PM Julia Gillard has stopped by for lunch. Despite their accolades and famous guests, prices are reasonable so a trip to the R will satisfy without breaking the bank.
The R-Bar, 57 Rockingham Beach Rd, Rockingham, Australia, +61 8 9527 1133
A pretty little beachside bar at Scarborough Beach, Ocean One may initially come across as a stock standard pub with traditional gastro fare. However, look beyond the facade and you’ll find a great hub for local music, niche events and plain old fun. The tap beers are a familiar batch of James Squire, Tooheys et. al, while their menu tempts with creative tapas plates like deep fried chili, coriander and lime squid tentacles with preserved lemon mayo, or the sweetcorn and manchego croquette with chipotle mayo. Main dishes include a range of fish specials (like the grilled fish with mango salsa, rocket, pear walnut salad and preserved lemon dressing), as well as pizzas ranging from The Chef (ham, bacon, pineapple, prawn, bocconcini, parmesan and rocket) to the Californication (walnut, red onion, ham, bocconcini, parmesan, rocket and oregano).
Ocean One, 1 Manning St, Scarborough, Australia, +61 8 9245 5353
Rustico Tapas Bar
For fantastic Spanish meals and the best sangrias in Western Australia, look no further than Rockingham’s Rustico Tapas Bar across the road from the beach. Whether you’re soaking up sunshine in their al fresco area, or escaping the depths of winter in their cozy interior, you’re sure to enjoy the numerous tapas dishes available all year long. The menu includes tasty bites like arancini balls, pork belly, and lamb truffles. Everything on this menu at this award winning restaurant is for sharing. The drinks list features a vast range of cocktails as well as ciders and a selection of premium international and Australian craft beers. Step inside and embrace the Rustico mantra of ‘barriga ilena corazon content’: full stomach, happy heart.
Rustico Tapas Bar, 61 Rockingham Beach Rd, Rockingham, Australia, +61 8 9528 4114
The Sandbar comes courtesy of impassioned owner Ben Randall and his team of 45 employees. Community involvement has been the ultimate underlying mission of the Sandbar from day one, and it was founded on the firm belief that customers are the ones who make and define a venue. Keep an eye out for weekly menu specials (current offers include 1/2 Pizza on Tuesdays and $10 cocktails on Sunday after 1), and be sure to look through their list of original cocktail creations. Standout drinks include Winter’s Coming (Don Julio, Campari, Caribbean almond syrup, orange juice, vanilla sugar syrup and thyme) and the Adam’s Apple (Bulleit, St Germain elderflower liqueur, monin pomme verte, cloudy apple, egg white and cinnamon sugar).
The Sandbar, 1 Scarborough Beach Rd, Scarborough, Australia, +61 8 9245 2001