Staple small bar where polished cocktails are the name of the game.
This veteran of Perth’s small bar scene still knows how to deliver good times to all who climb the stairs to its rooftop setting. Friendly, welcoming staff pack flair and panache into expertly mixed cocktails, while craft beers and a smattering of well-chosen wines are on hand as openers for anyone who pulls up a metal stool on the deck or sinks into a comfy lounge inside. Wherever you sit, expect to be surrounded by history, colour, large dollops of eccentricity and humour delivered by fun-loving, experienced staff who are devoted to their craft. Linger a while and they’ll help you navigate your way through the daily-changing rye whiskey offering and, if you’re peckish, facilitate you ordering in from nearby eateries. (Fill in the waiting time by checking out the slick bar that’s so exquisitely stocked it appears to have been catalogued by a librarian.) The tone is set to relaxed, part of the reason Mechanics has wormed its way into Perth hearts over nearly two decades. Another reason? Those cocktails, including the Hillbilly Bob’s Ruckus, a refreshing mix of lager, fresh lime juice, orgeat, spiced rum and ginger beer, and classics made with plenty of skill. Come with a sense of adventure, leave with a spring in your step.