Entertainment & Dining
The City of Perth has an abundance of restaurants and cafes serving the freshest produce at reasonable prices, with dining experiences throughout the city to suit your palate and wallet.
For those on a budget, a restaurant dim sum lunch or a visit to one of Perth’s many food halls is a great choice. Food halls offer a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, health food and English roasts, making them a good choice for families.
World-class restaurants are also available, many located within Perth’s five-star hotels, in stunning locations overlooking the city and the river. East and West Perth also offer elegant restaurants to suit all tastes. Al fresco dining is available almost everywhere and is a popular choice in the long summer months.
The Central Business District and Northbridge
In the CBD and Northbridge you will find many cafes serving excellent coffee, as well as gourmet grocers where you can pick up ingredients to “make your own”. The abundant al fresco cafés of Northbridge provide the perfect vantage point for people-watching while you enjoy beautifully crafted coffees, cakes or gelati.
When the long sunny days give way to the night, there are still hours of entertainment to be had around the city. Night time venues ranging from combined art gallery/bars through to underground dance clubs and themed pubs offer a range of choices for every night owl.
Northbridge has by far the greatest concentration of clubs and pubs, drawing crowds particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. Music styles including house, funk, jazz, hip-hop and the blues draw a mix of patrons to the precinct, creating an energetic night-time atmosphere.
For those seeking a different scene, there are plenty of friendly pubs in which to play a game of pool and listen to live music. Chilled out lounge bars are great places to start or end the evening, or you could seek out a club where you can dazzle your partner with your Latin dancing prowess.
The City's West End
The “West End” area of the city has grown swiftly in popularity in recent years to become the fashionable choice for post-work socialising that extends late into the night. Boutique breweries and glistening, modern bars lure thirsty city workers and shoppers. The compact area makes the West End ideal for bar-hopping. Further towards West Perth, you’ll find even more stylish venues, including the lush Onyx, and Black Tom’s, where you can enjoy fresh oysters with your champagne.
The CBD is not traditionally known as an after-hours destination, but those who seek shall find! A host of tucked-away bars, some underground, some in arcades and malls, and others located within the many hotels along St Georges Terrace, provide even more social options. Down at Barrack Square, the Lucky Shag is in a sublime riverside location for a balmy summer’s evening.
If the river is a major drawcard, don’t forget about East Perth, where the Royal Bar and Café is perfectly positioned, with plenty of other excellent restaurants nearby. Hay Street East has among its venues the Grosvenor Hotel, known for spawning many of WA’s leading contemporary bands.