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Perth Nightlife
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From Wednesday to Saturday, there is a huge amount of night time hotspots to visit in Perth, although occasionally it can seem as if there are more venues than people.

The larger dance clubs are intense in Northbridge, Subiaco and Fremantle and are friendlier epicentres for the over 30 crowd. Perth is home to a healthy indie rock scene and the ‘craic’ is good at several Irish pubs.

Some venues demand a smart standard of dress and some have a cover charge, generally around A $10. Pubs tend to be licensed from Monday to Thursday 10.00 am to 12.00 am, Friday and Saturday 10.00 am to 1.00 am and Sundays 12.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

Bars and nightclubs have longer hours and are licensed for the complete time that they are open. Most clubs stay open until 5.00 am or later / earlier on Friday and Saturday.

The minimum legal drinking age is 18 years old. A spirit or premium beer costs in the region of A $5.50.

Free entertainment weekly XPress is the best resource when planning a night on the town, while Teknoscape is a useful clubbing guide.

Bars

‘Lounge bars’ are very popular in Perth, with hip venues such as:

The Jazz Room
Address: 677 Beauford Street, Mount Lawley.
Sophisticated drinkers tend to be attracted to:

The Varga Lounge

Address: 169 James Street, Northbridge
A popular but sometimes described as tasteless venue is:

The Moon & Sixpence British Pub

Address: Murray Street
Which serves a wide range of Australian and international beers.

The Duxton Bar
Address: 1 St George’s Terrace
Offers quiet surroundings for a quiet cocktail.

A crawl of Fremantle pubs are essential to drink in when visiting this port town:

The Bog
Address: 189 High Street

Benny’s

Address: 10 South Terrace

Casinos

Situated a short distance east of the city, the pyramid shaped Burswood International Resort Casino, Great Eastern Highway, has over 140 gaming tables, offering blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette and the classic Australian game of two-up.

The complex also contains 9 restaurants, 6 bars, free nightly entertainment, a 5 star luxury hotel and an 18 hole golf course. Normal casino dress standards apply, persons under 18 years old are not admitted and a passport is required for identification. A free shuttle bus carries visitors between Burswood station (Armadale Line) and the casino.

Clubs

Apparently, in an effort to please everyone, Perth nightlife has lately crystallised into a number of ‘entertainment complexes’ combining discos, bars and live music venues.

The Globe

Address: 393 Murray Street
Bonds a pumping techno area with a late night bar featuring live bands.

The Deen
Address: 84 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Brags no less than 6 zones and four DJ's, every night except Monday.

Metropolis Fremantle
Address: 58 South Terrace
Either features major international touring bands or is a multi level dance club.

The Rosemount Hotel
Address: 458 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
Employs DJ's from Wednesday to Saturday, playing Hard House, NRG and freeform.

Rise

Address: Corner of Lake Street and James Street, Northbridge
Is serious about dancing, with a huge dance floor and state of the art sound system.

Connections
Address: 81 James Street, Northbridge
This gay venue still offers the best music and light shows in town and everyone, no matter what their orientation, seems to end up here.

Comedy

Perth has raised some of Australia’s finest comedians.

The Brass Monkey features comedy on Wednesday nights.
Address: Corner of William Street and James Street, Northbridge.

Werzel’s Comedy Lounge
at the Hyde Park Hotel features comedy on Thursday nights.
Address: Corner of Bulwer Street and Fitzgerald Street.

The Fremantle Hotel is the venue for stand up comedy every Friday.
Address: Corner of High Street and Cliff Street

Burswood Casino
hosts international touring acts.
Address: Great Eastern Highway.


Cultural Events


The Perth International Arts Festival takes places every year, from mid-January to mid February, showcasing local and international dance, theatre, film, music and visual art at venues around Perth. The festival is the oldest of its kind in Australia, dating back to 1952.

Further into the year, July sees National Islander Observance Committee Week, which features exhibitions of indigenous art and traditional performances.

Perth’s Pride Festival happens in September / October, with a range of gay and lesbian cultural events finishing in a street parade and dance party.


Dance

The West Australian Ballet (telephone: (08) 9481 0707), resident at His Majesty’s Theatre, performs a repertoire of modern dance as well as classical ballet.

Buzz Dance Theatre (telephone: (08) 9226 2322) is an important local modern dance company. Major Australian and international dance companies often tour to Perth and perform at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Burswood Theatre.

Film

Mainstream movies are screened at Hoyts (telephone: (1902) 263 456) and Greater Union (telephone: (1902) 263 456) multiplexes throughout Perth. Tickets are less expensive on Tuesdays.

A good budget cinema in the middle of town is:

Piccadilly
Address: Hay Street Mall
Telephone: (08) 9322 3577

Arthouse cinema is enjoyed at:

Cinema Paradiso
Address: 164 James Street, Northbridge
Telephone: (08) 9227 1771
Website address: www.lunapalace.com.au

Luna
Address: 155 Oxford Street, Leederville
Telephone: (08) 9444 4056
Website address: www.lunapalace.com.au

Outdoor movies are popular during the summer months, at the Sunset Cinema in Kings Park, the Luna in the Park in Leederville and the Somerville Auditorium at the University of Western Australia.

Perth is somewhat under represented in Australian cinema. Peter Weir’s Gallipoli (1981) and Scott Hicks’ Shine (1996) are debatably the best movies to include Perth as a setting.

Modern Perth also appears in Bill Bennett’s Kiss or Kill (1998). Hollywood stars Heath Ledger and Frances O’Connor were initially from Perth.

Literary Notes


Perth features in several important Australian books.

A B Facey is the author of the panoramic autobiography and quintessential ‘Aussie battler’ story, A Fortunate Life (1981) and lived for a large part of that life in Perth, working on the (now redundant) tram system.

Tim Winton’s modern classic, Cloudstreet (1991), records 20 post war years in the life of a Leederville family.

Robert Drewe
’s memoir, The Shark Net (2000), evokes Perth in the 1950's, during serial killer Eric Cooke’s reign of terror.

Archie Weller
’s The Day of the Dog (1980), about urban Aboriginal life in Perth, is a key work of black Australian literature, Sally Morgan’s poetic My Place (1987) is another.

Perth was also home to Australia’s greatest Aboriginal playwright, Jack Davis, who tackled injustice in The Dreamers (1982) and No Sugar (1986).

Writers who currently call Perth home include Australian literary grande dame Elizabeth Jolley, who composed Miss Peabody’s Inheritance (1983) and An Accommodating Spouse (1999), as well as acclaimed, reclusive science fiction author Greg Egan, famous for Permutation City (1994).

Music


The West Australian Opera (telephone: (08) 9321 5869) performs 6 to 9 weeks per year at the Edwardian His Majesty’s Theatre:

Address: 825 Hay Street
Telephone: (08) 9265 0912
Website address: www.hismajestystheatre.com.au

Perth Concert Hall is the prime venue for classical music and also the home of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (telephone: (08) 9326 00110). The hall’s acoustics have been said to be the best in Australia.

Perth Concert Hall
Address: 5 St George’s Terrace
Telephone: (08) 9484 1133
Website address: www.perthconcerthall.com.au


Live music in Perth is popular.

The Universal Bar
Address: 221 William Street, Northbridge
Has live soul, funk or rock every night, as well as a suitably cool atmosphere.

The Subiaco Hotel
Address: 465 Hay Street
Hosts jazz on Wednesday and Saturday night, customers can listen while enjoying bistro meals.

Local rock bands perform from Wednesday to Sunday at:

The Grosvenor
Address: Corner of Hill Street and Hay Street

A large ‘surfie’ crowd meets on The Lookout for bigger Australian acts and rowdy good times.
Address: The Esplanade, Scarborough Beach

The American themed Mustang Bar offers country and western, rockabilly and big band swing,
Address: 46 Lake Street, Northbridge

Freo’s Orient Hotel, provides a salsa band on Sunday nights.
Address: 39 High Street


The Perth Entertainment Centre, is Perth’s main venue for blockbuster shows and major rock groups.
Address: Wellington Street

Theatre

His Majesty’s Theatre is the elegant venue for opera, ballet, musicals and other theatrical presentations.

Burswood Theatre presents big budget musicals, such as Chicago and Fame.
Address: Burswood Casino, Great Eastern Highway
Telephone: (08) 9362 7777

The Art Deco Regal Theatre used to be a cinema, but now hosts bedroom-farce-style theatre.
Address: 474 Hay Street, Subiaco
Telephone: (08) 9484 1133

The Perth Theatre Company

Telephone: (08) 9325 8366
Website address:: www.perththeatre.com.au

Treads the boards at the Playhouse Theatre
Address: 3 Pier Street
Telephone: (08) 9231 2377
Website address: www.playhousetheatre.com.au

The more cutting edge Black Swan Theatre Company (telephone: (08) 9388 9388) is based at the Subiaco Theatre Centre:

Address: 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Telephone: (08) 9382 3385
Website address: www.subiacotheatrecentre.com.au

Yirra Yaakin Theatre is a leading Australian Aboriginal theatre company whose performances combine traditional dance with contemporary issue-based drama.

Address: 65 Murray Street
Telephone: (08) 9202 1966
Website address: www.yirrayaakin.asn.au