Proudly claiming the title of Australia’s sunniest city, Perth does outdoor nightlife like no other. So if you’re after rooftop drinks or a few brews at a pop-up street bar, this is the place for you. There’s plenty going on indoors too: funky clubs aplenty and lots of up-to-the-minute theatre offerings every night of the week.
Bars in Perth
Double Lucky ($)
11/663 Newcastle St, Leederville, +61 450 734 624
A tiny, weird, and wonderful bar that transports its guests to a parallel universe of sorts. Urban graffiti mingles with shabby chic and big dangling chandeliers as locals and tourists alike enjoy a brew or two in funky surrounds with equally funky sounds.
Geisha Bar ($$)
135a James St, Northbridge, +61 8 9328 9808
A super sexy crowd flocks to Geisha every weekend, and it’s as much a club as a bar. It’s also a pretty fun and friendly place to sink a few cocktails and meet friends; they have some very cool bus seats to perch on in the bar.
BAR138 on barrack
138 Barrack St, Perth City, +61 8 9225 6388The unpretentious Bar 138 is spacious, does bar snacks and doesn’t charge $10 a pint like some trendier bars. It also has an outdoor area and a bold sense of style. Plus, happy hour from 5-6pm on weekdays; what more could you ask for from a Perth watering hole?
221 William St, Northbridge, +61 8 9227 6771
Live music every night of the week makes Universal Bar a must-attend venue for anyone inspired by the jazz of New Orleans or simply into great food, drinks and music. This bar attracts hot international music acts alongside home grown Aussie talent in funk, soul, RnB, jazz and reggae. Dress code: dapper.
Clubs in Perth
Corner of Lake and James St, Northbridge, +61 8 9226 0322
Free entry before 10pm and still pretty cheap thereafter. A guaranteed big night out in Perth, Mint is fun and friendly with DJs spinning a mixture of commercial dance, pop, and RnB classics. Fridays is 80s and 90s retro night – an extremely popular one, second only to its packed out Saturday night events.
Great Eastern Highway, Corner of Bolton Avenue, Burswood, +61 8 9362 7699
An opulent nightspot with a lovely open air balcony for people-watching, Eve is a club that you dress to impress at. Playing top forty hits with hip hop and house, there’s music to suit all tastes and five (yes, five) bars to keep you adequately refreshed throughout the night.
Ambar Nightclub ($$)
104 Murray St, Northbridge, +61 8 9325 3666
Voted number 42 in the world by DJ mag, this club knows its tunes and isn’t afraid to use them. Hard to find (in an LA kind of way) but easy to enjoy, Ambar’s nights bring the best DJs to the basement club for a laid back but beat-heavy experience.
Events and shows in Perth
It’s only fitting that a big cosmopolitan city like Perth has a bustling arts scene to satisfy its inhabitants and tourists alike. You can catch much of the comedy and theatre that tours the UK here at one of Perth’s many theatres and live events venues like the Burswood Hotel, Perth Arena, and The Regal Theatre.
There’s also a burgeoning pop-up scene in Perth thanks to its massive Fringe World Festival which runs for a month from the end of January every year and features a cornucopia of arts, music and fun for all ages. Whether you want to dance salsa all night long or laugh your socks off in a cosy comedy club, Perth has it all and more.
Laugh Resort Comedy Club (£)
Rosie O’Grady’s, Corner of James Street & Milligan St, Northbridge, +61 8 9328 1488
A fun night out and the best place to see up and coming comedians on their rise to fame, the Laugh Resort is a cheap and cheerful night out in an Irish bar. ‘Nuff said, really.
Rooftop Movies (£)
City of Perth Roe Street Car Park, 68 Roe St, Northbridge, +61 8 9227 6288
Running a schedule from October to April, this is a lovely way to spend an evening under the stars. Old school classics like Boogie Nights and Bladerunner top the seasonal bill alongside current must-sees for a mixture of old and new classics.
Now that you’ve seen just some of what moving to Perth can offer, take a look at our guide to things you should know before emigrating to Australia.