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.
The city and Northbridge provide the majority of the pubs and clubs. Pubs generally shut at midnight or 1am but nightclubs can run til 6 or 7am. The Stamford Arms and The Lookout in Scarborough (both pubs) trade til 3am Friday and Saturday nights.
The casino, of course, trades almost 24/7 and has many bars and a club within the complex (not sure on the trading hours of those though)
Reasonably priced beer, friendly atmosphere. Plenty of good music and good company.
Dress Code: You can find a pub or club to suit your desired level of dress for the night. Typically pubs will let u in with just jeans, a t-shirt and runners and for women similar casual stuff. Clubs require trousers and a collared shirt with dress shoes a majority of the time.
For the casino during the day, smart casual attire will get you through the door. After 4pm or 5pm however, a collared shirt and dress shoes are required
The Brass Monkey - on Wednesdays
It's a great atmosphere and not at all formal. Upstairs on Wednesdays they have stand up comedy acts. it's a different thing to do.
See my night life travelogue
Dress Code: Casual
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.
This place was where I ended up many a night while in Perth....Everyone needs a good Irish gig once in a while. It's open until 6 am most nights!!!
Dress Code: Anything but flip-flops..or thongs, as the Aussies call them.
The Brass Monkey is a busy bar with some good bitter. If you're lucky enough to find a seat, it's nice, but on weekend nights teenagers swarm the place.
The Globe had great techno the Sunday night that I was there. I haven't dance that much in a looong time!
The Deen is definitely the place to meet gay men. Good music, but not the place to pick up straight boys...ah well. Still a good time.
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!
Go to North Bridge (just across the railway from the city). It is busy with heaps of restaurants in all shapes and tastes, from Italian to Indian to Chinese, uhhmm. Of course you can't go to North Bridge and not hang out at the very popular Brass Monkey on William St.
May I also recommend the English pub on Murray St (west of the mall).
The picture is actually Perth skyline seen from South Perth.
Geisha Bar, James St, Northbridge. Very funky bar/club for those who luv fashion at it's coolest, mixed with the luxurious sounds of the best of the DJs. $8 to get in unless you look great....which means it's free!!
Elephant & the Wheelbarrow, Lake St, Northbridge. English style pub with no attitude & heaps of fun. A Beatles cover/lookalike band play into the early hours....heaps of fun!!
Dress Code: Geisha: VERY funky & cool. Up to the second fashion....but nothing fashion slave...very passe
Elephant: no trainers/singlets. Casual is ok, but dress up a bit please!!!
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!
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.
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" !