There are so many great small bars in our neck of the inner Perth ‘hood that it’s too hard to pick just 5, so this is a two-parter.

We’ve split it up geographically. This, part 1, includes small bars north of Central Ave, inclusive and to the east of Beaufort Street.

Some of these are primarily bars, some of these are bars with really good food, and some are restaurants with great bars.

Whichever you choose, you won’t go thirsty.

1. Cecchi’s

965 Beaufort Street,

Cecchi’s falls into the category of a small(ish) neighbourhood restaurant with a great bar. It’s largely set out as three different spaces and it’s the outdoor alfresco that is our fave. Great cocktails and wines by both the bottle and glass.

2. Swallow Bar

198 Whatley Cres,

A true small neighbourhood bar with a foodie following. There’s a DJ Saturday nights and music most Sunday arvo’s also. Beloved by locals.

3. Henry on Eighth

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49 Eighth Avenue,

Another popular Maylands small bar that regularly hosts events. There’s a small but good selection of bar food (their Smashed Beef and Grilled Haloumi Burger are popular) and on Sunday’s they do $10 Espresso Martinis.

4. Hoodburger (Burgerwein)

848 (850?) Beaufort Street,

This newly opened small bar operates under Hoodburgers license but has its own dedicated space next door. It serves beer and wine that can be enjoyed with or without food. We suggest the fries.

5. King Somm

13 King William Street

A change of management hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm for this Baysie fave. If anything, the new owners have sharpened the focus on the bar without dropping the ball on their rustic pizza & snack offerings. You can buy your vino to go too.

And don’t forget to check out Part 2 which features small bars South of Central Ave.  Enjoy!