Looking for somewhere a little extra than ordinary to enjoy an evening out? Why not take yourself on a journey to one of the many themed bars in Perth and surrounds to transport you into another worldly place. From secretive speakeasy’s to Alice in Wonderland oddities, the following bars come dressed from head to toe in unique interiors that contribute to their quirky personalities with beverages and bites to match.
Step aboard the Darling Darling at your own peril and allow her to take you down to the depths of the sea to Davy Jone’s Locker. Sit beside your bucko and take a swig of your Nelsons folly but Avast, no scoundrels or scallywags are welcome into the lower decks of this dive bar. Each day of the week this eclectic bar of sunken treasures serves up $10 daily cocktails fit for any seadog including bourbon sours, Gin and Tonic’s and Tommy’s Margarita’s. Every Sunday from 7 pm to 9 pm join in the jolly tunes and jig away to Julian’s English, Irish and Scandinavian fiddle. Navigate your way down Henry Street in Fremantle from 4 pm every Monday to Thursday and 12 pm Friday to Sunday to join the crew of the Darling Darling. No bookings are required, walk-ins only and be mindful of the crunch of peanuts beneath your feet.
Where every night is a prom night, get down and boogie to the sounds of classic disco beats beneath the glittering lights of Perth’s very own disco den. Sip on a decadent fruit tingle, blue Hawaiian or fluffy duck while you dance to the likes of Dancing Queen and Funky Town. Toots is hidden in the heart of the city and where would be the fun in revealing its location when half the fun is finding it. All we can say is, if Toot’s is in town, you can do the hustle all night long. Open from 5pm every weekday somewhere in Northbridge.
What’s the time Mr Wolf? It’s time to fall into a collision of your favourite childhood fairy tales with a twist. Wonder inside the most curious lair down Wolf Lane and become lost in a wonderland of murals, eclectic furniture and obscure trinkets on the floor and the ceiling. Once you have made yourself comfy on granny’s chair, a member from the Wolf Pack is ready to serve delectable wines, boutique beers, spirits and cocktails to stir the senses. Ursula’s revenge, a Candy Cane Spritz or a boozy tea fit for the Mad Hatter are just a few of the many fantastical cocktails to enjoy down Wolf Lane.
This quirky cave is open from Thursday to Saturday from 4 pm and can be discovered if you follow the breadcrumbs down Murray Street in Perth.
Hula Bula Bar
Wishing you could escape to a tropical island? Hula Bula Bar is the next best thing This vibrant tiki-themed bar is perfect for any luau. From the colourful Hawaiian prints on the walls to their cocktails served up in haka’iki tiki farm mugs, you will be transported out of the humdrum of every day to beach party paradise. Open every Thursday and Friday from 4 pm and Saturday from 6 pm, Hula Bula Bar will be shaking up exotic rum cocktails and refreshing beers. Treat yourself to a Mai Tai, Pineapple Princess, or Lava Flow while you hula to vintage vinyl tunes into the evening. Despite the realistic summer vibes of the bar, a dress code is still required here, so save those flip flops and singlet tops for the beach. This kooky little paradise can get busy over the weekend, you can make a reservation at [email protected].
Hula Bula Bar is located in Victoria Avenue, Perth.
Alabama Song Bar is bringing Honky Tonk and Country tunes to the city with a side of Southern hospitality. Wednesday and Sunday nights, the Alabama kitchen fry up 50c wings as well as American style crispy fried chicken burgers and cheeseburgers. Wash it all down with an iced cheery cola, Bobby Long Sour or a flight of whisky. Kick up your heels on the wooden floors every Friday and Saturday night and slide along to the live country music playing behind the chicken wire. Saloon doors are open Wednesday to Saturday from 6 pm and Sunday from 8 pm.
Heel and toe down William Street in Northbridge, however, not all is as it seems, finding the entrance is up to you. For those with nut allergies, peanuts are used extensively throughout the venue.
Take a trip to Japan inside Fujiyama Mama’s oriental rooftop bar, adorned with hanging umbrella’s, cherry blossoms and paper lanterns. Be treated to Japanese fruit flavoured cocktails of Momo (peach), Nashi (pear) and Mikan (mandarin), or sip on their signature Fujiyama beverage. If you feel peckish, order from Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar below who plate up dumplings, noodles and fried ice cream with miso caramel sauce.
Fujiyama Mama bar is located above Lucky Chan’s , however, their bar themes change every few months to keep things interesting. Open from 5 pm till late every Tuesday to Saturday on William St, Northbridge.
For the cool cats and dames of the city, Sneaky Tony’s is the bee’s knees. Taking you back to the prohibition era of the 1920s, enter into a dimly lit room with the sounds of Jazz humming in the background. This speakeasy bar will be pouring out hotsy-totsy cocktails of Black Seal Eggnog, Old Cuban Cherry, Hibiscus Fizz and bowls of punch to share with your pals. You’ll be sure to be leaving Sneaky Tony’s feeling rather swell. In order to get in, you’ll have to find the joint first, but without the password, you’ll find yourself behind the eight ball. This can be found on their social accounts.
Oh, and if you dare, try and order a whisky sour!
The Palace Arcade
Step back into The Golden Age of Arcade Games and play against your neighbour in some of those most iconic video games. From, Pac Man, Donkey Kong to Mario and Space Invaders, Palace Arcade is the perfect place to let off steam and have a little fun from Wednesday through to Sunday each week.
Share a slice of pepperoni pizza with a side of cheeseburger spring rolls, this place is bringing back classic 80’s vibes to your night out. Every Thursday night from 6 pm to 9 pm, cocktails are half-price. Try their speciality French Toast Rye-Tini, fluorescent green Melon Baller or their very own house Strata Smash Brew Session IPA all while versing a mate in Castlevania.
The Palace Arcade can be found in Fremantle, Northbridge and Victoria Park.
Rodney’s Bait ‘n Tackle
To the avid anglers and sailors, Rodney’s Bait and Tackle is here for you. A complete nautical-themed bar with fish nets, buoys and a life-sized boat serving cocktails and local liquor from W.A. Ask the skipper for one of their signature tipples. A Rottnest Island Iced Tea, Aye Aye Cap pineapple rum or a scrumptious H.M.S Ruby gin is bound to set your sails. Indulge from a selection of fresh produce from the galley including Marinated Fremantle Octopus, Tacos and Grilled Wild Barramundi while enjoying live bands or DJ’s spinning vinyl. On Friday nights you could be the one to reel in the catch of the day with Rodney’s famous Friday night fish raffle with proceeds going to The Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Steer your way down Stirling Highway in Mosman park to find yourself at Rodney’s Bar, open every Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm.
Joe’s Juice Joint
Head down into the basement of Joe’s Juice Joint, the hang out of the rockers and metal heads. Joe’s is a moody bar full of attitude with band posters plastered across the walls, bra’s handing from the ceiling and head banging tunes of Metallica, Korn, Nirvana and Kiss blaring from the sound system. Be taken back to your teen years listening to Rage while chowing down on cheeseburgers and fries. From the bar you can throw back boilermakers, jello shots, tinnies, beers on tap, or slurp a concoction from a fish bowl through a crazy long straw, just because you can. If you’re looking for something to take the sting out of a cool night, try their hot rummy milo for the fix.
Enter through the back alleyway on William Street in Northbridge. Joe’s Juice Joint is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm till way past your bedtime.