Perth’s best pop-up bars: the must-visit summer venues

Beer Dudes. They're popping up all over the place.
Beer Dudes. They're popping up all over the place.

The sun has finally shown up and summer is on our doorstep.

After an interminable winter, at long last the temperatures are on the up.

And with the sun, comes the thirst.

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We may be biased, but Perth – in our humble opinion – is the greatest city in the world to unwind with a few beers and watch the sun go down.

And as the season changes, it’s time for the pop-up bars and eateries to appear.

This year Perth’s pop-up scene seems to have hit new levels of excellence.

These are out picks for the best pop-up experiences Perth has to offer.

5. Elizabeth Quay Floating Pop-Up Bar, Friday nights 

Well, technically this one has ‘bobbed’ up rather than popped up, but it’s still a great way to while away an evening. Tired of having drinks at the same place every Friday night? Why not take a stroll down to Elizabeth Quay to get on board Perth’s first ever floating boat bar. The boat slowly cruises around Elizabeth Quay while you enjoy stunning views of the city from sunset and into the night from the Swan River. It’s free to come on board every Friday night and there is a fully licensed bar on board. The vessel departs from Pier 4 on Barrack Street Jetty every 30 minutes.

Floating Bar
4. Beer Dudes, Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

We love these guys. The premise is so wonderfully simple: a mobile bar serving the very best of local craft beer on tap. And they do it from lovingly reborn horse floats from the 1970s, stripped back, sanded, sprayed and fitted with the most hi-tech beer dispensing equipment available. They’re not only beer dudes – these guys carry five craft beers, cider, local boutique wines and hand-crafted spirits. Based in Osborne Park, you can catch Beer Dudes at the Monday night market on Beaufort Street Inglewood, at McMillan Park in Victoria Park on Fridays and – from December 3 – at Sunset Beach Market in South Fremantle on Saturdays.


3. Mandurah Food Trucks, Wednesday nights

The food truck revolution has hit Peel in a big way. The food truck co-op are trading together every Wednesday from 5pm at Silver Sands Beach, on the corner of Henson Street and Ormsby Terrace. They also meet on the occasional Sunday at the Meadow Springs Quarry Park for breakfast. The mobile food and drink businesses that regularly trade together include Frothin Coffee, The Wooly Bull, Food & Co, Black Velvet & Honey and Wicked Waffles. For more information email or visit the Mandurah Foodtrucks Facebook page.

2. Embargo Container Bar, nightly

Why had no one thought of this sooner? Embargo isn’t just any old shipping container – it’s been re-engineered into a two-storey haven, complete with rooftop deck, licensed bar and great live entertainment daily. The space is full of comfortable spots to sit and enjoy all that is going on at this brand new waterfront precinct. The bar will be docked at South Perth Foreshore until December 18, before being stationed at Elizabeth Quay from Boxing Day until April 2.

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1. Urban Orchard, Thursday-Sunday nights

Created by the group Bar Pop, a team of creative and skilled caterers dedicated to exploding pop-up culture, the Urban Orchard first opened in November 2013. Since then it has only grown in stature, and is a fantastic venue located opposite the Art Gallery of Western Australia in the Perth Cultural Centre. Throughout summer the Orchard is open from 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Both Saturday and Sundays are dedicated to live music and other events. Get along and see why everyone is talking about Urban Orchard.