The old hotel has been around since 1897 when Perth was booming from the discovery of gold. Many of Perth’s hotels or pubs were built during this time to provide accommodation for the large number of immigrants and workers from Victoria. In 1989 the hotel had a 1.5 million facelift and has been classified by the National Trust.
The Brass Monkey has several bars - The Grapeskin Wine Bar / Cellar which has an award winning wine list and a walk-in cellar which stocks over 500 local and international wines and Cigars. There is also the Balcony Bar Cafe Lounge upstairs which has casual modern dining and offers cocktails and Western Australian wines and of course has great views of the skyline. The Tap Room provides live local and international sporting events with a 6ft x 4ft screen and 90 inch plasma screen. The function room of the Brass Monkey is The Glasshouse and is located above the Courtyard and surrounded by glass walls. The laugh Resort Comedy Club is featured here every Wednesday night. There is also an instrumental trio which plays on Friday nights, and a cover band plays on Thursday and Saturday. There's no cover charge.
The Paramount is a pretty standard sort of night spot - average drink prices, a cover band downstairs, DJs upstairs, and an outdoor garden where you can drink and chill. It's generally crowded with a good vibe. What makes The Paramount stand out is that it is pretty much the only Northbridge nightspot that has free entry all night AND is opened late.
The queue can get pretty big just after midnight when some of the other places close and people come for the free entry, so you're best getting here a little bit before to avoid the queue.
Dress Code: Neat and tidy. Some of the bouncers are VERY strict on men's shoes, however, so make sure you're wearing decent ones. Sometimes they let you through with neat sneakers, sometimes not - I think it depends on if they like the look of you!
Very popular club among the Australians. I realise most crowds here are into these sort of music. I would say more for the younger crowds and most of them would get 'high' and drunk. Entrance fees apply on Fri after 11pm and Sat nights.
Bring an ID coz the bouncers do SUX at times at tourists.
Dress Code: Funky, hip hop dressing but no sneakers, or shorts, sleeveless for men.
CHURCH nightclub is not your holy place that you think it might be. At night, the place comes alive with trance , bass and drum music. Mainly Asian hangouts on friday and saturdays. Entrance is $5 on fri after 11 and $10 after 11 on Sat. Depends on the 'season', sometimes it can be so packed down to a few people in the club.
Bring an ID for identification (v. important note for tourists)
Dress Code: NO trainers, sneakers, sleeveless for guys and minimal wear for ladies are always welcome.
The down side is , the cloaksroom closed at 3am while the club opens till late. duh*
Universal bar has excellent bands and live performing singers. I went on a Thursday and there was this singer who sings almost like Barry White. No cover charges. Crowds are mainly the yuppies and 30s-50s. Can get very crowded on Saturday nights. The bar does serve simple nice meals too. Kitchen closes before 9pm.
Metro Superclub comes alive on Saturday nights! Door entrance is $10 after 11 on Friday and $15 after 11pm on Saturdays. For fans of R&B music lovers, you will get to hear the lastest hits with 3 bars, doubled storeys plus a huge dance floor. There is "LIVE" performing dancers with Dj doing the spinning in the background. During winter, there is a cloaksroom service with $2 for each coat charged. Doors open at 9pm and till late. So partay on!
Dress Code: Party clothings, hippie jeans, or the lesser the better :P
Oh don't forget to put some glitter dust on the skin.
Novaks is a pretty small pub with a nice feel to it. There is live music Friday and Sat nights. We often nip in for a drink on a Friday evening after work. They have a conintual video clip of music from the 70's, 80's and some of the fashions have to be seen to be believed.
You may notice from the photo there is a night club above called Rise from what I read on the door they seem to bring in a lot of overseas DJ's but apart from that dont know much else about it.
Novaks appears to attract the older crowd who enjoy a quiet drink with conversation.
Dress Code: Pretty casual for Novaks.
There are a number of nightclubs to visit at Northbridge, most of them being dance music sort of clubs. My favourite is probably The Rise, where there is an outside balcony if the music gets too much, also paid dancers dance on podeiums waving glowing sticks, it looks pretty cool. The clubs of my old haunts are The Paramount, The Deen, The Church (which has become very popular with the asian community, though it has HUGE lines to get in on the weekend) and some others that are too many drinks ago to remember. A good (but often busy) bar is the Elephant and Wheelbarrow. Mustang bar has scantily clad women dancing, if you like that sort of thing. There are many others within walking distance to look for. One thing to watch out for, there are large numbers of Aborigines walking about on the streets, the Premier made it illegal for kids to be on the streets at dark after visiting northbridge. Also asian gangs (vietnamese I think) often have street fights and so on, so its best to be careful in northbridge.
I used to go here all the time but since i discovered fremantle i havn't been for months. However Northbridge has alot of life.. almost too much life for me. There a re alot of scary people around and lots of fightsbut if you avoid them they wont bother you and it is usually between gangs anyway. Northbridge is good because there are heaps of clubs to choose from or rotate from. I always make it to the Paramount. They have dance and R N B upstairs, country music downstairs but i tend to find myself upstairs on the couches or sitting on tables at the outisde bar inbetween dancing.
Dress Code: Not sure havn't seen anyone rejected but for some places guys need dark, formal shoes.
The area north just north of Perth CBD is called Northbridge. Here one can really enjoy Perth nightlife at its best. Along James Street, one can wine and dine and dance away at some its numerous establishments.
Northbridge can be sleazy and sophisticated at the same time. The pubs however exude neighbourly atmosphere. My favourite is the Brass Monkey. It's where many Perth residents meet before a night out in town.
Dress Code: The pub is fairly casual, so wear casual and relaxed attire.
Varga Lounge - The Home of R & B with 3 bars including private bar & lounges. Start your weekend movin to smooth & sexy tunes with DJ Nik Alexander, DJ Slick and MCBsyde. Saturdays are all about sophisticated surroundings, pumping sound, no attitude and most of all da funk with DJ Birdie.
The Lounge opened in the year 2000 and the best Varga nights are Friday and Saturday.
The Varga lounge is open Friday 5.30pm-late and Saturday 6pm-late and there is no cover charge, so its free to get in!
If R & B, Hip Hop, old school & new funk, Soul, Reggae, 2 - Step and Smooth Hip Hop is your thang... then the Varga Lounge can deliver!
Dress Code: Dress Standard: Well dressed ... you can never 'over dress'
Good music (Saturday nights are really good dancing nights with trance/techno). Nice club with a huge balcony where you can cool down from all the dancing. It's also very nice to just stand outside on the balcony, watching the people in the street walk past by.
Tip: when you walk around Northbridge you might be able to pick up a flyer of this club, which can give you free entrance before midnight, depending on the evening.
Dress Code: No special requirements, just like any other nightclub.
My friends, who live in Perth, suggest a wander around Northbridge for a night out. There are many clubs around here, The Deen (Aberdeen Hotel) being a popular one. Also in the Leederville area there are a selection of pubs and restaurants they enjoy including Fibber McGees (an Irish pub) and Kalias Brothers, an excellent fish cafe. Anyhow, something for everyone I think! I know I enjoyed myself, and can't wait for my next visit!
There are loads of great night spot to visit, its a bit like most places in the world, you have to ask people which place is in for your age group or younger.
People all go to a club for about a year, then all move to another, so you need to keep your eyes open for a queue.
Dress Code: Pretty strict really for the clubs, but get out of town and you can pretty much wear what you want. But then, I would rather be where everyone has made an effort.
I love to see women well dressed, and not in a pair of flip-flops (thongs) Aussies call those rubber open toed sandals THONGS, I would like to see you try to put a pair of those between your cheeks.
Everybody mentions Northbridge so I thought I'd say something different. A lot of backpackers stay out in Scarborough so the Stamford Arms is an option.
We were there on a Sunday night and the band were awesome. Pretty standard English style pub and we onlypopped in for a quiet one but with the band playing it turned into lots of loud ones and really a good night. Nightclubs next door.
Dress Code: Sunday was extremely casual but I have heard they are a bit stricter on Friday/Saturday.