Bars & Pubs

Perth’s Best Hidden Gems

By Sarah Joanna Pope
15th Jan 2016

Henry Saw | Image Credit: Louise Coghill

The best bars and cafes in Perth are going underground and we, your bar and restaurant archeologists (like a bunch of soused Indiana Jones’), are here to help you unearth them.

So grab a secret map, pass the room full of snakes and run from the rolling boulder to get into Perth’s best hidden bars and restaurants. It’s just that easy.

Sneaky Tony’s


Bump around darkened alleyways to the hidden door, mention the password and step foot into Sneaky Tony’s. This sly little rum bar can be found down a laneway in Northbridge.

Alabama Song


Swing through the saloon style doors to get your hands on Alabama Song’s epic rye whiskey and cocktail selection. It’s a little piece of Texas on the other side (and up the stairs) of the secret alleyway door.

Joe's Juice Joint


Bypass the stairs that lead up to Alabama Song and instead descend into Joe’s Juice Joint, a real late night dive bar in all its grungy glory.



Freakshakes, bagels, cold drip and 90’s Kate Bush—just follow the tiny Northbridge arcade off William Street to reach the delectable bounty of Babooshka.

Varnish on King

Perth CBD

Blink and you’ll miss the entrance into the lacquered cellar of Varnish on King, the king of whiskey and American comfort food. You can eat all kinds of pig here.

Moana Coffee

Perth CBD

Follow the scent of freshly roasted coffee leading you up the stairs to Moana Coffee. Five Senses Coffee, fresh bagels and lots of breakfast and lunch yummies are waiting at this refurbished space.

Toastface Grillah

Perth CBD

Toastface Grillah, the hole in the wall down Grand Lane, serves up some serious grilled cheese and coffee action. The sandwich board will lead the way.

Ezra Pound

Perth CBD

Alleyway drinking at its finest, the location of Northbridge bar Ezra Pound is only given away by the large number of bearded men drinking out of paper bags. Go to them!

Halford Bar

Perth CBD

Our new bar baby Halford Bar, at the refurbished state buildings, is a sexy and sumptuous little drinking cellar in all its mood lighting and velvet couch glory. Find the door tucked away off Hay Street and head underground.

The Jazz Cellar

Mount Hawthorn

Enter the big red phone booth to be transported to a jam packed New Orleans jazz cellar. The Jazz Cellar is one of Perth’s best secrets.


Perth CBD

Hiding amongst the office towers of Perth CBD, in another pimped up alleyway, Helvetica is the ultimate retreat for whiskey lovers.

Mechanics Institute


Mechanics Institute doesn’t need to advertise its locash—being voted Australia’s Best Small Bar and all. Find the alleyway entrance to get access to this rooftop bar haven.

The Laneway Lounge

Perth CBD

Follow the red carpet down this inner city laneway and slide into the swanky Laneway Lounge. It’s got sexy jazz tunes, VIP glamour and cocktails galore.


Perth CBD

Fall down the hidden rabbit hole into the wonderfully moody Bobeche bar. With its alluring mix of buttery popcorn, sexy bartenders and cocktails in teacups, the pressure is on to find a way in.

BOO Espresso


Keep your eyes peeled for hole-in-the-wall coffee spot BOO Espresso as you're walking down Stuart Street in Northbridge. This friendly little nook serves up awesome coffee and light eats—pups welcome too!

Want more of the best watering holes in Perth? Check out 35 Perth Bars You Should Have Been To!

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