Dark-lit, crowded and very, very, inviting - Tiger Lils is a great place to have a dance and a flirt. The bars don't accept eftpos, but the drinks are very reasonably priced. The atmosphere is the biggest draw card: three rooms (inside and outside) of music and Asian-themed kitsch.
Dress Code: Jeans, Shoes and nice T-shirt as a minimum
The Deen, named after it's location on Aberdeen St in WA, is perhaps the most retro and famous of the local joints for young people wanting nothing more than to dance and drink.
The beautiful people come out in force to headbang with the best of them - but don't think this is a formal venue. This is where the locals go to get their dance on. It's old school hip hop and pop music - think Lil Jon and Eminem. Lights are blazing and bass is pumping - I hope you having your dancing shoes on.
Dress Code: Shoes are a must so you won't get trod on - a Tshirt and jeans are fine but the bouncers get picky when the club is getting to capacity.
Mustang Bar is an American-style Rock palace, and unlike the Deen down the street, it does not have a 2am lockout and stays open until practically sunlight. The live music keeps on rocking till 3am, at which point a DJ comes on.
The drinks are reasonably priced, the dance floor is larger than life, and the bathrooms are unsurprisingly unclean. Go if you love to party - but don't go if you like a casual drink where you can actually hear yourself talk.
Dress Code: Shoes, Jeans, T-Shirt
This is the kind of place you can start your night knowing you will leave with a group of new friends. Warm, open and inviting, The Boheme is a fantastic beginning to your night being just opposite Perth Train Station and on Murray Street - the perfect beginning to a perfect pub crawl.
I had the fantastic experience of being in this bar on Halloween - not a non-costumed person in sight. Go here if you like reasonably priced beers and friendly locals.
Dress Code: Jeans, T-shirt and Shoes - no flipflops
I came here because the one in my home town is awesome, and I thought it would be a good place to start the night.
I was wrong. If you like overpriced beer, by all means come here and check out the $15 pint. I have never even heard of such a thing happening in Australia before. I know we are famous for our expensive alcohol, but this is some sort of joke.
Furthermore, the bartender wouldn't let me drink my beer the way I wanted to. Granted, I was chugging my beer while a group of people yelled out "DRINK, DRINK, DRINK," but still it was all in good fun and we weren't hurting anyone. Security informed us that if we continued chugging our drinks we would all be asked to leave.
The positive thing is that the place itself is spacious, red-lit and absolutely sophisticated. It's a classy night out.
Lesson learned - Belgian Beer Cafe in Melbourne is better.
Dress Code: Jeans and a T-shirt are okay. No flip-flops.
The Astor Theatre was built in 1911 under the name of Lyceum Theatre and was more in an Edwardian style. The name changed later to the State Theatre and Gardens. In 1939 the theatre was renovated in was at the time, a popular Art Deco style and named The Astor. The theatre is today an Art House with 2 screens and is listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.
Perth has an amazing local music scene and The Rosemount is the best place to sample it. Every night has a different theme/music style so there's something for everybody, ranging from metal to pop to DJs. Cover is free or cheap (even major events are usually no more than $15) and there's always some sort of drink special going. The new outdoor bar and beer garden is nice for a drink and free (cover charge only applies to go inside where the bands are). Check out the Perth music scene, it really is a great night out.
Perth has lots of events and places to go, whether it be by day or by night.
This web site is one of the most comprehensive web sites to give you details on what's happening, what's around, where to go that either costs money or is for free, suits any budget and is up to date and current.
From backpacker to a business traveller you can find what's around the area your visiting and what you can go see or visit.
My good friends Jaime and Fleur live in Secret Harbour, about an hours drive south of Perth, there isn`t much to do in the rapidly expanding suberbs that doesn`t involve a long drive so most nights are spent with friends. A good opportunity to try local wines. As the suberbs expand and become more populated the restaurants and bars will open up, for now we enjoy the seclusion, the local wines and the occasional trip the Swinging Pig.
Dress Code: No ties.
There are a number of outdoor events you can attend during the summer months. Consider going to the Somerville Auditorium (University of Western Australia) where you sit in deckchairs, amongst the pine trees, drink wine and watch various foreign movies. People usually get to the Somerville at 6pm and have a picnic meal with wine before hand.You can buy meals there. (make sure you bring a jumper to use to save youself a chair then).Its all very "civilised and genteel". There are similar places you can do this such as the Camelot (in Mosman Park) and one in Joondalup.
There are also usually at this time various theatrical productions in Kings Park, Sunken Garden (again UWA).
If you are wanting something free you could always go to Cottesloe Beach (or North Cottesloe), take some deck chairs and watch the sunset. However, drinking alcohol has just recently been banned because of the "yobbos" leaving copious quantities of rubbish on the beach during the weekend. If you do want a quiet(or not so quiet)drink by the beach recommend Obean Beach Hotel, Cottesloe (very busy on a Sunday afternoon), Blue Duck, Barchetta and C Blue restaurants.
Dress Code: Casual
Perth is my hometown and I really do love it, and all it has to offer. However when you head out to bars and nightclubs don't expect to be treated as a guest, don't even even expect to be treated as a human being.
From my experiences, the majority of security staff are looking to beat the crap out of someone. Most nightclubs are pretentious, and many partygoers are full of aggression and anxiety. Our laws promote big booze barns, get em in, get em drunk and get em out.
I hope in the future we will provide visitors to our beautiful part of the world a better and more friendly atmosphere when out at bars and nightclubs.
Average night out:
Dress Code: People think class means a collar and long pants.
Visiting Perth in the summer? No visit is complete without a night spent watching a movie out under the stars. Perth's wonderful balmy summer evenings make this a favourite pastime and you will have to arrive early to make sure of getting a seat. That's OK though - pack a picnic or buy something when you get there and fill in the time waiting for the show to start enjoying your meal and a glass of wine or a cold beer.
My favourite outdoor cinemas are :
Somerville Auditorium at the University of WA in Crawley - deckhairs inside a ring of enormous Norfolk Island pines. A 12 week festival of films from all around the world that is part of the Perth International Arts Festival.
Camelot in Lochee Street, Mosman Park. Limestone walled "picture gardens" overlooked by a balcony area with tables and chairs for picnickers with stiff knees. Wood-fired pizzas made to order. A mix of arthouse and indie films mostly with a few family favourites on new release.
Luna Outside - part of the Luna Leederville group on Oxford Street. Films the same mix as the Camelot. The best choc-bombs (chocolate coated icecream cones - a cinema institution in Perth) in town.
The Balmoral offers casual dining with a contemporary menu and full table service. Food is available until late every night. Breakfast is available on weekends and can be enjoyed out on the verandah or in cosy surroundings of the cafe. The Balmoral also provides the best Australian hand crafted beers and offers a range of wines and spirits.
The Balmoral has a variety of light entertainment on Fridays and continuing through the weekend.
The Raffles Hotel used to be a Live Band Venue with a General Bar for the old timers and Labourers to sit, smoke and drink beer. Since then this place has been totally restored and remodelled with a huge apartment skyscraper next to it.
The Bar area has changed and the Live Band Venue gone. Now in it's place is a stylish and sophisticated Bar Restaurant that you can sit and look at the beautiful people as well as the Swan River beside the Canning Bridge and Freeway...
You can sit and have Tapas which is very appetizing or coffe and cake...
For the more serious diners there is the upstairs Fine Dining that will set you back quite a few $$$.
Friday after work is very popular here with the younger crowd cramming the decor around 8pm, Sunday Sessions are also very popular where to be seen this is the place to be...
Can be a little pretentious with everyone checking everyone out... Or if you go when it's not busy, you can sit with a nice wine or coffee, Tapas either on your own or with good company. A lovely setting to be surrounded by.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, although when I was there the male labourers in their work gear were at the bar enjoying a beer. When I walked back to my car one of them asked me how long it had been changed... Adding... A bit plastic? I guess when it's a run down smelly dirty pub, and changed to an upmarket stylish bar, you gotta expect that...
A very busy location with lots of open air bars. Good music a vibrant atmosphere and on the whole a friendly atmosphere. Ladies dress appropriately not too revealing, lots of men with testosterone, and keep safe. Its a great night!
Dress Code: Anything goes
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