There’s no better bar than a hidden bar. It’s probably because of the feeling that you’re working hard for your supper. Or in this case, for your extremely delicious cocktail.
Perth’s nightlife scene is experiencing a serious renaissance right now and as such, boasts some of the best small bars in the country. There’s almost too many to visit. So we thought we’d collate a list of the best hidden bars, for you to visit, enjoy and tick off your list.
It’s like a scavenger hunt of the city, and here are your clues:
#1 Halford Bar
Where: Corner of Hay Street and Cathedral Avenue, Perth
For a secret bar that feels like you’ve stepped into another decade, Halford is your best bet. You can find it in basement Safe Room of the 1897 Titles Building, where the decor, vibes and impressive drinks menu all echo the classic 1950s lounge bar.
Halford’s will make you feel like a classy broad, that’s for sure.
#2 Alabama Song
Where: Level 1, Northbridge Social, 232 William Street, Perth
If the classy, sophisticated overtones of a 1950s lounge don’t sound too appealing to you, then the bourbon swilling, taxidermy dream bar of Alabama Song might be more your can of PBR.
A seriously no nonsense venue, Alabama Song has 130 different types of bourbon and whisky, canned beer straight from the esky and as much classic American diner food that you can possibly stomach. All soundtracked by sweet, live rockabilly tunes. Yeehaw.
Where: Basement 131, St Georges Terrace, Perth
An homage to finely crafted French cocktails and food, Bobeche is a fantastical bar drawing on an Old World carnival theme.
Expect the complimentary popcorn and giant teapots filled with cocktails to float your heart with whimsy, and the extremely fancy food menu to make you feel very fancy. Foie gras, caviar, oysters and black pudding are all included in the line-up.
#4 Bar Lafayette
Where: Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Lower Georges Lane, Perth
Sitting pretty in a beautifully restored room within the heritage listed Perth Technical School, Bar Lafayette has a heap of cosy nooks to settle in with a fresh cocktail. And we mean fresh. The bar is committed to only using the finest ingredients in their drinks, no preservatives or premixes in sight.
Check it out on Thursdays or Saturdays for live acoustic music if you were after those chill, hang out vibes.
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Josephine is a staff writer at Junkee Media. You can find her words on AWOL, The Cusp, food she bagsed in the fridge.