Fremantle is the birthplace of some of WA and even Australia’s best known artists, including INXS, Tame Impala and the John Butler Trio. The local music scene is still thriving and many of the dive bars, cosy beer gardens and boutique bars offer live music throughout the week.
We explored five of the best Freo live-music bars and attached the daily updated gig guide below. If you are looking for a gig in the rest of Perth and WA, see here.
Arguably the most well-known gig venue in Freo, Mojo’s is a staple of the North Fremantle music scene. Since the 1970’s Mojo’s has hosted an eclectic and impressive assembly of musicians, including John Butler, Tame Impala and San Cisco.
The surprisingly huge stage, full lighting rig and intimate setting create an exceptional live music experience. Don’t forget to leave a message on the Mojo’s chalkboard or pose for a pic by the unmistakable blue wall.
Mojo’s is home to incredibly diverse and eclectic artists, emerging and established bands and singers are showcased most nights of the week. With a unique old school vibe and modern edge all are welcome here to get their mojo on.
Opens from 5pm – late Wednesday to Sunday.
Located in the basement of the Norfolk Hotel in central Freo, The Aardvark is one of Perth’s best dive bars. From the moment you walk down the stairs the electric vibe and authentic sounds create a grunge atmosphere with a curious mix of comfort and hospitality. Take in the cracked brick walls and vintage band posters while you dance under the iconic disco ball or hop in the mosh pit to your favourite local bands.
The underground venue was established in 2018 and since then has quickly become one of Freo’s night life hotspots. With live gigs most Fridays and Saturdays, The Aardvark is the perfect venue to start your night off right or to finish with a night cap.
You can also enjoy some of The Aardvarks legendary Pizzas and Burgers, a great accompaniment to any live show.
Opens from 7pm – Midnight Thursday to Saturday.
The monolith that is Freo.Social houses a massive stage, beer garden and full seasonal menu. Probably the most adaptable venue on this list, Freo.Social hosts quiz nights, foodie events, comedy nights and of course some of the best live music in Perth. The Mess even operates as a co-working space filled with local creatives and entrepreneurs.
Set on the site of the historic Artillery Drill Hall, the contemporary vibe and classic architecture is something you can only get in Fremantle. Hosting artists from Wolfmother to Kasey Chambers you can enjoy a different experience every time you go.
For beer lovers the Otherside Brewing Co. team creates a fresh experimental beer out of the Brewshed every week. From lazy afternoons to exhilarating nights out Freo.Social is a must see.
Opens from Midday – Midnight Friday and Saturday and Midday to 9pm on Sundays.
Gypsy Tapas House
Offering live music every night of the week Gypsy Tapas House offers some of the best middle eastern and Mediterranean food you can find. With a delicious cocktail in hand, lean back and listen to live performances surrounded by flowers and candlelight.
The groovy tunes, fairy lights and romantic night sky make this venue the perfect spot for date night or mid-week drinks. Make sure to book ahead to get a table as the hummus is not to be missed, and the closer to the stage the better!
Known for hosting original bands with a focus on acoustic, jazz and soulful music Gypsy Tapas House offers a truly unique dining and music experience you can’t find anywhere else.
Opens from 5.30pm – 11pm Tuesday and Sunday and 11.30am – 11.pm Wednesday to Saturday.
In the heart of Fremantle’s cappuccino strip Ronnie Nights offers some of the best cocktails, boutique wines and share plates you can find. Inspired by old school Australiana, bold geometric patterns and flannel shirts are a mainstay here.
With a focus on small bands and local artists you can discover your new favourite muso. Never short of social events, the bar offers mic nights, boardgame sessions and their staple Karaoke nights.
Next time you’re wandering through Freo make sure to stop by Ronnie nights for a boogie beneath their disco ball!
Opens from 4pm – Midnight from Wednesday to Friday and Midday – Midnight Saturday and Sunday