Perth is an early to rise and early to bed kind of city. Mid-week, most bars and restaurants are closed by 10pm and and unless you know where to look, it can feel like the entire city is shutdown. Surprisingly, there is a vibrant underground scene of boutique bars in and around the Perth CBD and Northbridge happy to keep the home fires burning. Here are five of the best.
Sneaky Tony’s in Chinatown is Northbridge’s worst kept secret. You’ll need a password to get beyond the imposing steel door to the laid-back rum bar filled with over 300 varieties of rum from around the world. Its hip atmosphere yet elegant décor oozes comfort, with private booths that are perfect for a date night. Dimly lit with candles on your table, sit back and relax with a dram of your choosing.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 5pm – 12am.
Nicks Lane, Northbridge 6003
Goody Two’s – Japanese Bar
With a focus on the Japanese after-work tradition of bar-hopping with your co-workers, Goody Two’s is a whiskey bar specialising in Japanese whiskeys. Staying open late from Wednesday to Saturday, you can check out their impressive whisky selection which features over 100 bottles sourced from all over Japan. If you’re into cocktails, indulge in their quirky Japanese-inspired creations.
Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach, as their bar snacks menu provides an affordable way to relish in Japanese goodies, with Thursday being their designated one dollar dumplings day. Live music and DJs take the stage every night so be sure to put your dancing shoes on!
Basement/40 Irwin St, Perth 6000
Located on St Georges Terrace, Bobeche is a basement cocktail bar that prides itself on their classy and fun teapot punch, perfect for sharing with friends. Conveniently for the after work rush, they offer Happy Hour specials from 5pm – 6pm. Treat yourself to a snack from the nationally awarded restaurant, The Heritage Wine Bar, conveniently located upstairs.
Open from 4pm Tuesdays to Saturdays, you can enjoy also the complimentary popcorn that comes with purchasing a beverage! More details on their website.
Open Tuesday to Thursday, 4pm-12am and Friday to Saturday, 4pm-1am.
Basement/131 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
A garden bar and kitchen in Northbridge, The Standard features both a stylish interior and funky outdoor veranda. With city views and outdoor heating, it’s a great meeting spot and you’ll be kept cosy year-round. Tune in each week to their Facebook and Instagram pages to see the announcement of their ‘Hawker Wednesday’ $20 Asian-inspired meal and drink deal. Be sure to make a booking to secure your spot for their ‘Hawker Wednesday’ special here.
Open Wednesday to Friday, 4pm-12am; Saturday 12pm-12am and Sunday 12pm-10pm. More details can be found here.
28 Roe St, Northbridge 6003
Sitting on the ground level of the 1920 heritage Perth Technical College building on St Georges Terrace, Bar Lafayette was named WA’s Best Cocktail Bar by Bartender Magazine in 2019. Bar Lafayette is the place to go for unique cocktails or a cheeky old fashioned. With vintage leather couches and old-world paintings, it offers an intimate and classy backdrop for your evening drinks. Pair your beverage with a decadent triple cream brie or an aged cheddar if you’re feeling peckish – they have a great cheese and charcuterie selection.
You can check out their menu and more details on their website. Open Monday to Thursday, 4pm-12am; Friday, 2pm-late and Saturday 5pm- late.
Brookfield Place 125 St Georges Terrace Lower Georges Lane, Perth 6000