We’ve unearthed the best of Perth’s hidden bar scene.
So many new bars are popping up all over Western Australia’s capital making it all the more difficult to find the perfect bar to wet your whistle. With so many of them tucked away between high-rise buildings, hidden down secret staircases or up on rooftops, it doesn’t make the job any easier. But to save you the laborious task of picking where is best, we’ve collated our Top 10 picks for Perth’s best hidden bars so all you have to do is map your way there.
Find your way through the dark alleyways of Perth’s Chinatown to search for the hidden door of this 1920-inspired sneaky little rum bar. Be sure to remember the password so can you step inside its mysterious dark and dimly lit walls and be greeted by hunting prizes on the walls and over 250 types of rums.
38 Rose St, Northbridge
Check out their Facebook page here to find out the secret password and for more information.
Joe’s Juice Joint
Rather than heading up the stairs that lead to Alabama Song, descend into Joe’s Juice Joint for a dive bar experience in all it’s grungy glory. It’s a hospitality hot spot between 1am and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays where crowds of chefs, waitresses and bartenders flock to drink cheap rum and beers and to throw peanuts shells on the over floor. Like any good dive bar, there is loud music, lots of liquor and is not suitable for the faint-hearted.
Joe’s Juice Joint
232 William St, Northbridge
Wed-Thurs 8pm-2am, Fri-Sat 8pm-4am,Sun 8pm-12am
Varnish on King
Tucked behind an unassuming doorway, blink and you’ll miss the entrance and staircase that’ll lead you down to a basement of whiskey and American-style comfort food. The bar features an extensive yet still impressive wine list and boasts over 200 whiskeys. On the food menu you’ll find tater tots, mac and cheese and chicken wings with popcorn.
Varnish on King
(08) 9324 2237
75 King St, CBD
Mon-Fri 11:30am-12am, Sat 4pm-12am
One of Perth’s first small bars, Ezra Pound is the epitome of alleyway drinking – given away by the large groups drinking bottles of beer out of paper bags. The wine list is limited but each drop is carefully selected and the bartenders are knowledgeable on every bottle. Hidden down Williams Lane in Northbridge, it’s the perfect hideaway for an after work tipple.
189 WIlliam Street Arcade, Northbridge
Tues-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 1pm-10pm
In the refurbished state buildings, Halford Bar is an elegant and lavish drinking cellar reminiscent of the 1950s lounge bar. Tucked away, you’ll find the door on Hay Street where you’ll head downstairs to gold furnishings, velvet couches and extravagant marble bar tops. In respect to the decade, they specialise in martinis with a short yet exceptional wine list.
(08) 9325 4006
Hay St & Cathedral Ave, CBD
Mon-Tues 4pm-12am, Wed-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 4pm-12am
The Jazz Cellar
Enter though the big red phone booth, head down a flight of stairs and be transported to an old school New Orleans jazz cellar. One of Perth’s best kept secrets, the best part about The Jazz Cellar is that it’s completely BYO – an unlicensed venue it means you can bring your own drinks (and food – nearby Neighbourhood Pizza is the go-to). With the ultimate home-away-from-home vibe, it’s cosy and features live jazz music from Corner House Jazz Band every Friday night.
The Jazz Cellar
139 Buxton St, Mt Hawthorn
Hard to find and hard to leave, Helvetica is tucked between the office towers that make up Perth’s CBD and is as cool as the typeface it’s named after. It’s small, bustling, loud and intimate. A whiskey lover’s dream, it’s full of bottles from all over the world and they even offer a bottle keep service where you can purchase your favourite whiskey and they’ll store it for you.
(08) 9321 4422
Rear 101 St Georges Terrace, CBD
Mon-Thur 3pm-12am, Fri 12pm-1am, Sun 6pm-1am
An institution in its own right, Mechanic’s Institute has become Perth’s iconic rooftop bar. Perched high above Northbridge, it’s split across two buildings making it one of the most unique drinking spots in the city. Voted Australia’s Best Small Bar in 2015, Mechanic’s Institute is home to some of the best and friendliest bartenders in all of Perth with boutique beers and cocktails that shift from day to day.
(08) 9228 4189
222 Williams St, Northbridge
First thing you’ll notice when you step into Bobeche is the alluring aroma of the free buttery popcorn. Wonderfully moody, Bobeche is a carnival themed speakeasy with dark and moody lighting, exposed bulbs that adorn the bar and walls dressed in advertising from the decades before us. The overall aesthetic creates a secretly intimate ambience.
(08) 9226 5596
Basement/131 St Georges Terrace, CBD
Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
Swing through the doors of this honky-tonk saloon and you’ll find a colossal whiskey and cocktail selection. Incorporating all the elements of America’s deep-south into a small dive bar for Perthians to experience, Alabama Song has over 120 different bourbons, whiskeys and ryes and a decent selection of craft beer on tap.
Tues-Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 8pm-12am
232 William St, CBD