Leave your ‘mainstream’ bars behind you and head on underground for some of Perth’s finest hidden drinking establishments.
That’s right, we’ve rounded up the best of this city’s alleyway, basement, attic and side street bars for all your covert drinking ops, many of which you'll easily miss unless you know where you're going.
Here are Perth's most hidden bars.
Toots is the sassy disco bar hidden WITHIN a secret bar, located somewhere in Northbridge’s Chinatown. Once you think you have it, chuck on your brightest and best 70s fit, stomp right up to the bar and ask “Is Toots in?”. If you’re in the right spot, you’ll be handed a golden ticket that will get you in via the secret door. And trust us, you'll wanna be in the right spot this weekend because this dancing diva is celebrating her first birthday with disco ball cocktails and non-stop floor-filling tunes.
This music venue is hidden in plain sight within a fully functioning convenience store (pretty handy, if you ask us). But don’t let the bright facade fool you; once you step through the fridge door you’ll fall into a dark den dedicated to all things rock.
Taking up space in an old bank vault below St Georges Terrace, Foxtrot Unicorn is the perfect city hideaway for a few laid-back tipples in dark and moody corners. Even better, they’re also slinging some very sexy cheese jaffles with “jaffle crack” seasoning, garlic butter and crusted parmesan.
Housed below ground in the old safe room of The Treasury building is Pooles Temple. Dark and moody with a menu boasting all things French, you’ll want to sink into one of the velvet chairs and drink the night away with a martini or three.
Any good booze hound knows about this sneaky little rum joint. Get your hands on the password, find Sneaky Tony's clandestine entrance and all the rum will be yours.
Tucked away from the city shoppers, Alfred’s Pizzeria is an underground prohibition style bar perfect for late night eats, cocktails, rock and roll and outlaws. The perfect place to hire a hit-man.
Slinging greasy American fare, cocktails and rye whiskey, Alabama Song is the most satisfying legal thing that can be found in an alleyway. Throw in some honky-tonk and you'll well and truly feel like you've landed in Alabama for the night.
Joe’s Juice Joint
The final destination of any Northbridge bar crawl, Joe’s Juice Joint is the place to make mistakes. Or dance. Whatever you fancy. Slam down a pickle back and let the good times roll.
Those who know their bars, know that Perth’s best small bar is but an alleyway entrance away. Head to Mechanics Institute for expert cocktail creations on the rooftop deck.
Whether you’re looking for an insane collection of Japanese whiskey, a place to dance the night away or some out-of-this-world bar snacks, Goody Two's in Hibernian Place is where you need to be. Once you've found the place, check out the risque vending machine in the bathroom.
Urban laneway drinking at its finest, Ezra Pound is still the best place to brown-bag a beer on the down-low.
The Jazz Cellar
Perth’s best cloak-and-dagger jazz venue is still as awesome as ever. Enter the hidden red phone booth at The Jazz Cellar and be transported to the jazz age.
Varnish On King
Beneath stylish King Street, Varnish on King is a sophisticated underground whiskey den that packs a serious punch. Grab a seat and order a bacon and whiskey flight to kick things off right.
One of the first hidden gems to appear in Perth, Helvetica is still a damn fine choice for top-secret whiskey drinking.
A prohibition-style basement bar underneath St George’s Terrace, Bobeche is a dimly lit drinking haven with sultry charm and loads of popcorn.
Hidden away underneath the old 1907 on Queen Street, Caballitos is mixing some of the best cocktails in town alongside scrumptious Mexican food. Get yourself a lagerita and some tacos and call it a day.
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Image credit: Toots