13 Fremantle Bars on Our Radar for Fun Vibes & Fancy Sips
Ranging from the local pub to clandestine watering holes, you’re never far away from a refreshing tipple at the best Fremantle bars.
While uncovering Fremantle on foot, you’ll soon discover the port town is the ideal stomping ground for boutique brews, sinful gins, fruity wines and bar bites to match. Since many of the best bars in Fremantle are within metres of each other, join the ongoing revelry in this popular port city, with a bar hop through its historic streets.
With so many bars, pubs and watering holes at your feet, it’s just as well there are also plenty of unique places to lay your head!
Calling themselves Freo’s ‘newest-oldest’ venue, Freo.Social sits pretty on the site of the historic Artillery Drill Hall in the heart of Fremantle and is home to some of the coolest spaces to catch live music, see the best gigs in town, or relax with some sensational sips. The atmosphere inside is as warm and welcoming as the local community itself, so this is a spot we’re sure you’ll be coming back to.
Parry Street, Fremantle
The Old Synagogue
A captivating testament to Freo’s rich history and cultural diversity, this restored heritage site is now a multi-storey venue that’s one of the hottest spots in town. The Arbor’s rooftop is perfect for a casual tipple, hit up Mr Chapple for some tasty bites and a rooftop terrace that looks down the cappuccino strip, or head down to the glamorous and intimate bar, L’Chaim, for a classic cocktail.
92 South Terrace, Fremantle
Jetty Bar & Eats
Nestled in between Fremantle’s iconic old and new bridges, this riverside eatery embraces Western Australia’s Mediterranean roots. Situated in a former ferry terminal once used for passengers en route to Rottnest, former rustic structure Jetty has been transformed and is now oozing coastal chic, reminiscent of a cliffside cafe perched on the Greek Islands. The menu compliments the vibe with gyros, saffron risotto, octopus and European wines. With Fremantle Port heaving away in the background, there’s no mistaking you’re in everyone’s favourite port city, and that there's plenty of fun to be had.
126 Beach Street, Fremantle
Mr Chapple is a gem of a bar in Fremantle, that offers delectable bites, 18 taps dedicated to craft beer, excellent cocktails, and a fun rooftop terrace with a captivating view of the famous Cappuccino Strip below. Open from 8am till late every day, pop in for a bagel breakfast of champions, enjoy lunch by the cosy fireplace, or while away an afternoon over beer and burgers with friends.
Beer's Buildings, 92 South Terrace, Fremantle
Republic of Fremantle
Go back to school at the Republic of Fremantle; we promise you’ll enjoy the gin and cocktail-making classes far more than regular ol' Maths and English!
You can also join a behind-the-scenes tour of this Fremantle West End distillery, or purchase one of their limited-release gins and vodkas crafted from locally grown Verdelho grapes and distilled in their custom-built Muller copper still.
Naturally, once all that knowledge has you hungry for more, you’ll enjoy sampling the spectacularly crafted cocktails while also working your way through their food menu - we're eyeing off the decadent Blackwood Valley beef with caviar and beef-fat potatoes roasted in a wood-fired oven.
3 Pakenham Street, Fremantle
Things might start to get groovy when working through Strange Company’s cocktail list, which features the citrus and chamomile Sake 'Sardinian Drifter' or the fruity gin-infused 'In the Clouds.' Return to earth by taking a bite into their snacky menu, with dishes like fried red prawns, octopus with harissa and a baguette made for dipping into Rizzoli tinned anchovies.
Parting will be such bittersweet sorrow with the Fernandito (another exciting cocktail crafted from Fernet bitters), so delay the inevitable with a taste of their evolving dessert and cheese menu. This enviably chill and vibey spot is one of the best bars in Fremantle.
5 Nairn Street, Fremantle
Junglebird is a relaxed, fun, Caribbean style beach bar that's all about rum cocktails and good times. Slip into one of the sidewalk seats and order up a round of fruity and mind-bendingly good cocktails, with beer and pub eats also thrown into the mix. Colourful and friendly, we love this Fremantle bar for a 'TGIF' bevvy or three.
Sitchu Tip: Hungry? The jerk chicken is a must.
Ajax Building, 59 High Street, Fremantle
You’ll need your sea legs when stepping inside Darling Darling. Resembling the tall ships that once docked in Fremantle carrying seafaring adventurers, it seems only fitting to sample rum-based cocktails or Old Fashioneds and say cheers to the high seas and your fellow bar-drawn sailors. This tiny bar can only just accommodate 20 buccaneers, but don’t despair as there's no party like a queue party, especially when you're on a bar hop with friends.
36 Henry Street, Fremantle
Whisper Wine Bar
Set in a historic limestone flour mill metres from Fremantle Markets and the Cappuccino Strip, it's at Whisper Wine Bar you’ll discover a slice of tranquillity and a glass of bubbles far from the Madding crowd. Pouring out a fine selection of local sparklings, reds and whites by the glass and an extensive range from Europe, California and Argentina, choose your favourite flavour profile before ordering up a cheese platter or chocolate fondant to match. The wine, the snacks, the vibes; this chic bar can be likened to a hidden gem you'd find in a small ville in the South of France. C'est magnifique!
1/15 Essex Street, Fremantle
Sail & Anchor
Standing proud on the Cappuccino Strip and opposite the Fremantle Markets, the iconic Sail & Anchor has served the locals strong and true since the 1900s. This grand hotel features all the charm of the era, with high-pressed tin ceilings, creaky floorboards and a magnificent lacy wrap-around balcony ideal for people-watching. The beer garden, main bar and market bar offer dozens of beers on tap to accompany a menu embracing the proximity to the sea, with dishes like Geraldton lobster rolls and chilli mussels.
64 South Terrace, Fremantle
A tonne of small-batch booze and 150 years of Fremantle’s debaucherous history as a package deal is sure to ruin any New Year’s resolutions - in the best way possible! Good cocktails, good food and weird wine is the motto behind Nieuw Ruin, a small bar and eatery stocked full of innovation and fun. Super fresh, hyper-local produce interweaves throughout the food menu; choose between relaxed snacks at the bar or a generous dinner at the communal tables.
The eclectic and expansive beverage list includes a seasonal cocktail menu drawing from local connections, a 300+ bottles strong list of funky, wonderful wine, and boutique beers spanning crisp lagers to extra hoppy crafts; there's even a fun selection of non-alcoholic cocktails for the disciplined.
Our picks include the Finger Lime Crusta (with gin, limoncello, finger lime and lemon) and the rum-based Popcorn Pina Colada, paired with a plate of oysters followed by the charcoal coral trout.
12 Norfolk Street, Fremantle
For good days and Ronnie Nights, you really need to check out this super fun Fremantle bar! Although we haven’t personally met Ronnie, visiting this compact bar on the Cappuccino Strip makes his identity all the more intriguing. Boutique brews, wines and cocktails are the go at this community-focused and super friendly dive bar, served alongside yummy Chilean fare, live music and DJs. The retro vibe is considered without being pretentious and it's just very Freo - and by that we mean sequins and taffeta are always welcome.
75-77 Market Street, Fremantle
The Old Courthouse
What was once a courthouse and police station has been given a new lease on life, or should we say, the sentencing of a lifetime, with a restoration fit for its grand, 1899-built edifice.
All eras bygone have been equally well treated on the drinks list too, with 18 single malt whiskeys, 18 local and imported gins and a wine list from 1999 all accounted for.
Unlike the characters who passed through The Old Courthouse's rooms, the menu is honest, with pub-grub classics like burgers and wood-fired pizzas, as well as a signature 24-hour lemon and honey-brined rotisserie chicken.
Live music, comedy and weekly specials keep it lively every day and night of the week.
45 Henderson Street, Fremantle