Perth nightlife is growing as the population grows and the WA boom means people are looking for more places to spend their money.
When i went in 2001, i hung out mainly in Northbridge, the main backpacker area and where the main concentration of bars was.
Back then there wasnt much in the CBD.
But in 2013, it had changed - there were now bars all of the CBD and Northbridge had become a bit rough and actually reminded me of Newcastles bigg market!
Pretty full on, fights and incredibly picky doorman (take your passport even if youre 36!)
Back in 2001, there were a few backpacker nights which give away free food and drinks. The Hippy club and Post office are the main two. other good bars/clubs in Northbridge were : Church,Mustang,Rise,Time,The Deen.
Well worth a look on a sunday is the sunday session at the cottesloe hotel.
For a cheap meal, go to the Hare Krishna (Govinedas) for a $5 meal ($2 in 2001)!
In 2013, we hit a few new bars and areas around the city.
We were shocked at the beer prices, anything from $8-$12.
We headed to these bars:
-Univeral bar, Northbridge - small dance bar - full of a very older crowd on Fridays (40's/50's) - live music. Nothing special. In the week they do some food/drink meal deals. A bottle of beer was $9 for a Peroni.
-Sail and Anchor, Fremantle - the big pub on the Cappacino strip - a large pub with a great balcony overlooking the main street. $7.20 here for a pint so much cheaper.
-Subiaco hotel, Subiaco - another large hotel/pub - was quiet when we were there as it was Easter Monday. It has a dark coutyard out the back and a restaurant. didnt think it was anything specia that the reviews make it out to be, and a pint was $10.
-Cottesloe beach hotel - great location overlooking the beach with decking out teh back and a veranda on the street overlooking the sea. Beer and an OJ was $18!! apparently Sundays are still rocking.
-Brisbane hotel, Highgate - sandwiched between Northbridge and Mount Lawley - this massive pub with seating out the back in a nicely lit courtyard has plenty of space, no pretentiousness-good for an evening start beer or after work beer. $10.50 a pint.
-Ezra pound, Northbridge -met some couch surfers int his small funky pub off a side lane called William lane just off Willian street. Its got sofas and they do cans of Sapporro for $10 (although they 630ml!).
-Moon Cafe, Northbridge - cafe/bar - they wont let you drink beer only after 12am, you have to order food which was annoying but some comfy sofas and a funky interiror and chilled music with a large courtyard make this a nice place. No draught beer though, a bottle is cheaper than most though at $6.50.
-Lucky Shag, City - down next tot he bell tower - new bar with outdoor area right on the river so great location.
-Brass Monkey, Northbridge - big, very big, brash and noisy. Many different rooms in this labarinth in a prime Northbridge location.
-Helvetica, CBD - hidden away off Willian Street in the CBD - itwas a nice up market bar but it was just lacking something, the ambience wasnt quite captured right for the set up. Bottled beer only - an easy going crowd and an upstairs sepreate bar to sit more quietly and relax. $7.50 a bottle
-Carnagies - reminded of a uk bar/club up north! loud music, people on the pull and pretty hammered. Small dancefloor downstairs at the back but larger space upstairs.
-Conservatory - unsure of this is part of Carnargies, think it is, its upstairs of it, entrance round the side - a cracking bar - great music, fantastic clientele and a real good vibe. with good views from the terrace, this is a good bar.
-Rubix, CBD - on Murray St - another bar with great music with open doors opening onto the street, was not that busy but a good vibe in here.
Other pubs we looked at but never went in for one reason or another:
-The Vic, Subiaco - was dead so didnt go in but looked ok, large pub, with live music
-The Flying Scotsman, Mount Lawley - always had a fair size crowd in there, people outside after work kind of place. Big.
-Frisk, Northbridge - small bar, sounded good online but was closing as we went at 12am. Looked ok.
-Elephant and Wheelbarrow-i went here in 2001, seemed ok - a fairly large traditional style pub. Busy on weekends and open late-need ID.
-399 in Northbridge - long narrow bar with seating compartments on one side and the bar on the other-never looked that busy as its a litle out the way from the action.
-Five, Mount Lawley-we were going to go in one night but was late and few people were left int here but it looked ok - a real relaxed kind of bar away from the main action of the city but fitting in the mount lawley relaxed lifestyle.
-The Greenhouse, CBD - sounded great from the lonely planet descrition but looked pretty average with a 'terrace' just above a restaurant on St george terrace - but i expected a sky bar but this was one floor up!
This is one toilet you should stay away from.
The bar and door staff are incredibly rude. They have no idea how to treat their patrons. Northbridge in general is a lot like this but this place is the worst of a bad bunch. I would recommend avoiding this place like a bad case of haemorriods.
If you are looking for a good spot then try Subiaco. Its more upmarket and are less heavy handed than the people workig in Northbridge
Don't hang out by "Metro" as there are some dodgy 'street characters' on Roe Street.
James S't mall (pedestrian area) can be unsafe. Only cross it late at night in groups large enough to deter muggers and bashers. Avoid the crossing over to the main station if you're alone later on.
Stay where it's busiest and "You'll be right Mate" !
The Shed in my opinion is Perth's Number 1 nightclub.
Located in Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, The Shed is predominently an outdoors venue but has the best sound system & visual equipment.
It's a great place to meet people and always has a good line up of the best local bands & DJ's.
Check out the latest on their site - link below
This place has a typical American Atmosphere to it with it's neon lights and focus on sport and quality live entertainment.
Boasting big screens that show all sport channels plus live & exclusive events.
Bands are playing all week with varying styles. A real yahoo venue...
Dress Code: Casual
One of the few good food places opened till late!
Big serving of food, my recommendation is a moon burger. Drinks of all kinds including cocktails and a classic cherry coke!
On Monday and Tuesday they have a $9 pasta special.
No bookings needed however it is always busy.
Dress Code: Whatever you want!
For Wednesday's nights, a popular place to be. So after receiving a stamp on your wrist, go inside and head to the counter not to claim your mail, but some delicious beverages instead. Let's begin spinning around and have a Big Wednesday night.
I noticed that the bouncers were very efficient with bad boys, so keep cool otherwise you will be packed as an express parcel ;-) Staff was prompt and friendly as in every Port Office... and no queue to do at the counter.
Don't know if it is still the case as I was there in 2002, so keep me inform if any Post Office change occurs...
A great popular place to begin your night, you will have the choice between several athmosphere bars as an upstairs Café bar, a sports bar, the balcony and a courtyard area as well. A little hungry head to the Grapeskin which offer an original cuisine and some superb local wines.
Enjoy your night in the WA jungle ;-)
I went on many pub and club crawls in Northbridge and had some good nights out there and felt quite safe throughout, but wouldn`t walk around on my own if i was a single female though late at night as i did see some drug users on street corners.
Dress Code: Casual would be okay.
Every aussie knows that after a few drinks, a kebab really hits the spot. So after a night of partying in Northbridge (perth's main nightspot), head over to the Istanbul Cafe, opposite the Paramount nightclub. It is open all night on fridays and saturdays, and serves great pizza and kebabs.
this was my favorite pub in perth - awesome place to hang out with uni friends. good live music (if u like rock). there's a local band there that plays various rock tunes from u2 and coldplay to rhcp and counting crows. and during breaks there'd be a DJ that spins rnb + dance tunes.
on friday this pub gets really packed, so be early to avoid the long queue.
Dress Code: casual! wear anything really
I visited this bar twice, and really enjoyed myself both times. The first visit was on a Saturday night, the place was packed and there was a really good atmosphere. I was surprised that inspite of the number of people there, you didn't have to wait too long at the bar or for the bathrooms. There was an excellent band playing, which was really cool, cos there was no cover charge to get in.
The second visit was a wednesday evening, where they had a meal deal kind of thing. So you pay $5, get a delicious BBQ meal and a stamp to give you discounted drinks for the rest of the evening! It was a real bargain! Again, there was a great atmosphere and good music.
Dress Code: No dress code, flip flops are ok.
You will have plenty of choice for a bar around Northbridge area, but The Mustang Bar is the most comprehensive to warm up your Big Night.
This multiple choice American style bar offer you several altenative:
***Want to play?
Take part to a pool & table tennis competition weekly or just play between friends or against a local challenger. Some table soccer, pinball games are also ready for players.
***Want to dance?
Enjoy a live concert or the house DJ depends on the evening.
***Want to watch sport?
Live Fox Sports, ESPN & Star Sports on TVs and big screens.
***Want to drink?
Choose your barrel and order a beer from a large selection of bottled and draught beers. May be you wish taste an Australian wine or an home-made cocktail, no worries mate and don't forget you cigar to complete this mix...
***Want to eat?
US diner menu are available daily over lunch and dinner. Wednesday evening you will get a discount on your meal.
***Want to sleep?
Game over, go home...
I really enjoy this entertaining place and hope that you get as much fun as I did.
The last, but not the least the opening hours:
Mon to Thurs 11.30am - 1am
Fri and Sat 11.30am - 3am
Sun 12.00 - 12.00am
Dress Code: As you feel free (except nude;-)
after a few beers around northbridge (the deen, mustangs and the shed ect....) hop in a taxi down to the dollhouse a good laugh to end the night some top ladies to look at and some not so great but a great place to end the night
Dress Code: as long as you have the door fee and can stand up
The quarter of Northbridge which is north of the Swan River is well-known for its good nightlife. Follow William Street and you'll see lots and lots of restaurants of different flavours, bars, clubs and the like.
Some streets seem to have "mottos" - there are some aggregations of Italian, Indian, Chinese restaurants.
Have a look at Newcastle, Aberdeen, John and James Street, all branching off William street.
Dress Code: various but generally casual