The Perth bar scene is surprisingly vibrant, filled with quirky hidden alleyway bars and in the basements of some of Perth’s most iconic buildings in the centre of the CBD. From hidden speakeasies that require a password to enter, to a bar that specialises in Japanese whiskey. Read on to discover Perth’s best alleyway and basement bars, and find a new favourite spot for you and your friends to haunt.
Nestled down a laneway only accessible from a carpark, Prohibition-style bar Ezra Pound is one for the bucket list! This relatively tricky-to-find bar is adorned with vintage photos hanging from the walls and miscellaneous ornaments filling the glass cabinets. An eclectic selection of chairs and tables completes the ‘aged’ and moody feel of the bar. Cocktails are a focus, with bar staff able to concoct almost anything your heart desires. Don’t miss out on their Monday drink specials of $6 Tecate and Rover Tins, a $5 Campari and a $10 Negroni.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 4pm – 12am
189 William St, Northbridge 6003
Journey into this one-of-a-kind basement bar and find yourself beneath a magical canopy of cherry blossoms. Goody Two’s has been inspired by the sophisticated foible of the Japanese ‘afterwork’ drinking culture. Be greeted at the door with a large selection of delicious cocktails, Izakaya inspired snacks and exclusive Japanese whiskies only available at Goody Two’s. On some nights, DJs will also be playing until the wee hours of the morning, keeping you thoroughly entertained!
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs, 5pm – Late; Fri, 5pm – 2am and Sat, 6pm – 2am
40 Irwin St, Perth 6000
Down a laneway off of Murray Street and hidden by a black door is Wolf Lane, the cocktail bar where fantasy and reality walk hand in hand. One of Perth’s best kept secrets, this twisted storybook den is a curation of collectables from Granny May and her life’s loves and adventures. The mural for Wolf Lane was inspired by fairy tales and the notion that “inside your head there is a heart.” Expect fruity tea pots, flaming marshmallow topped cocktails and even cocktail masterclasses. Wolf Lane can also be hired out for weddings and special occasions – find out more here.
Opening Hours: Thurs, 4 – 10pm and Fri – Sat 4pm – 1am
321 Murray St, Perth 6000
A dimly lit cocktail and whisky bar, Bar Lafayette is located on the lower ground floor of the beautifully restored 1910 Perth Technical College. Recently awarded WA’s Best Cocktail Bar by Bartender Magazine, Bar Lafayette is renowned for its artisan cocktails. A snug spot to gather with friends, stop by for an Old Fashioned on the way to dinner or the theatre. They will also be part of the Perth Urban Cocktail Trail, serving up their signature Apple Shiner cocktail.
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs, 4pm – 12am and Fri – Sat, 2pm – Late
125 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
Varnish on King
Tucked in the basement of a heritage building right in the heart of Perth’s CBD, Varnish on King is home to an impressive range of exclusive American whiskies. Surrounded by bare brick walls, amber timber floors and lux leather furnishings is Perth’s most extensive showcase of bourbons, ryes, Canadian and Tennessee whiskey. Be sure to try their iconic bacon and American whiskey flights, which sees deliciously cured rashers of bacon come together with their perfect whiskey pairing. If you’re into your whiskey, you can find more whiskey bars to explore in Perth here.
Opening Hours: Mon -Thurs, 4pm – 12am and Fri – Sat, 4pm – 2am
King St, Perth 6000
In the basement of the heritage Brookfield Place building, Bobeche’s bartenders are hard at work behind the pewter topped bar. Appreciate the craft of a masterfully-blended cocktail, or go for their famous teapot punch cocktails (perfect for two!). As an added bonus, all patrons are offered a bowl of freshly-popped cinema-quality popcorn upon ordering a drink. Bobeche is a must-visit for anyone looking for a moody but classy date night spot. The best part? They are one of a handful of bars in the Perth city centre that are open late during the middle of the week.
Opening Hours: Tues – Thurs, 4pm – 12am and Fri – Sat 4pm – 1am
131 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
Sneaky Tony’s is a Prohibition bar bursting at the seams with liquid gold! Enjoy over 300 bottles of rum from all 4 corners of the globe. Share a punchbowl with your friends while enjoying the background jazz music that will transport you right back to the 1920’s. For the daring of you out there, be sure to try the Zombie cocktail that is so strong only two are allowed per patron. This Speakeasy rum bar is so exclusive, a password is required on Friday and Saturday nights – you’ll have to check their Facebook page to find out what it is.
Opening Hours: Sun – Thurs, 5-11:45pm and Fri – Sat 5pm – 12am
Chinatown, Northbridge 6003
Hiding underground in an old bank vault built in 1887, Foxtrot Unicorn was once home to the Western Australian Club. The venue is packed to the rafters with an array of ornaments including re-sourced materials and vintage WA hospitality trinkets. Expect to find all sorts of fine spirits, classic and modern cocktails, an eclectic wine list and some superb cheese and charcuterie.
Opening Hours: Tue – Thurs: 4pm -12am; Fri 4pm – 1am and Sat 5pm – 1am
101 St Georges Terrace, Perth 6000
The Sewing Room
Tucked away in the basement of one of Perth’s oldest buildings, The Sewing Room is one of Perth’s most exciting late night venues! Sit back, relax and enjoy a late afternoon drink with some live music in the background, or party the night away with a variety of musical genres on offer. For more information on events, see here.
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs, 8pm – 1am and Fri – Sat, 8pm – 5am
Wolf Lane, 317 Murray Street, Perth 6000
The Little Horse on the Queen Street alley, Caballitos ensures a late-night underground escape for tequila, tacos and bad decisions. Enjoy over 200 tequilas and mezcals, and Mexican-inspired eats. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to hear Mariachi Bands, have a go at pole dancing, drink unicorn margaritas and grab a free tattoo at their “Nacho Typical Thursday” nights – find out more here. Stepping inside this cheeky little Mexican cantina guarantees a fun night ahead!
Opening Hours: Thurs – Sat, 4pm – 1am
Queen St, Perth 6000
Joe’s Juice Joint
Off the laneway and down the stairs is the rock ‘n roll den that is Joe’s Juice Joint. A true American experience that is complete with pinball machines and a rock and roll music playing throughout the whole night, be sure to a ‘Pickelback’ (whiskey with pickle and jalapeno juice). Alternatively, they make a great whiskey sour, and their very popular ‘Tequila Aquarium’ is big enough for 2-5 people to enjoy. Don’t miss out on 50c chicken wings on Wednesday and Sunday.
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs, 8pm – 2am; Fri – Sat 8pm – 4am; and Sun, 8pm – 2am
William St, Northbridge 6000.
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