The Best Hidden Bars in Perth

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The Jazz Cellar opened decades before Perth’s small bar revolution, beckoning punters through a mysterious red telephone box. Its discrete basement digs and intimate jazz shows set the standard for any hidden watering hole here. By the time the city’s small bar scene exploded in the late noughties, venue owners were choosing secretive laneway spots by default. Finding them was half the fun, and bars like Helvetica, Andaluz and Ezra Pound gained loyal followings. Sure, they’re barely secretive or hard-to-find these days. But we’ll never tire of hooking down a laneway, or descending a staircase, to find a cosy and familiar haunt. These are Perth’s best hidden bars to keep an eagle eye out for, curated by Broadsheet’s expert food and drink editors.

  • Hit up this Southern honkytonk dive bar from the owner of Sneaky Tony’s. Choose from over 130 rye whiskies and bourbons (the knowledgeable bar staff can help with that). And enjoy diner staples from their late-night kitchen, be it a classic cheeseburger or juicy fried chicken.

  • Descend the stairs to find this former record store serving loaded pizzas (either whole or by the slice), sharp cocktails and an impressive range of spirits. Bring a group and prepare to eat and drink a lot.

  • Descend some stairs behind St George’s Terrace to find this moody cocktail and whisky bar full of old-world charm. Settle into a Chesterfield lounge and order an Old Fashioned, Sazerac or classic Negroni. There are also charcuterie and cheese plates, and larger share plates from carpaccio to croquettes.

  • A basement cocktail bar inspired by Prohibition-era speakeasies. Go for its contemporary cocktails; classics like an Old Fashioned or a Martini; or shared cocktails served in teapots. Food comes from Heritage Wine Bar upstairs – its charcuterie plates, buttermilk chicken wings and classic hamburger with hand-cut chips are sure to hit the spot.

  • A Mexican good-time bar with an impressive collection of mezcal and tequila, and snacks.

  • Follow the laneway off William Street to find one of Perth’s favourite small bars. Excellent cocktails, craft beers, bespoke spirits and wine await you inside. If you’re feeling hungry, there are also antipasti plates and generous plates of spaghetti from Francoforte next door.

  • Descend into an underground bank vault under St Georges Terrace to find this cosy watering hole full of old-world nostalgia. This bar serves up classic cocktails, vintage and small-batch spirits, hearty jaffles and an easygoing vibe.

  • An exacting late-night bar with big echoes of Japan. Expect stockpiles of Japanese whisky, easy-drinking highballs and Japanese street food.

  • A small whiskey and cocktail that’s as timeless and reliable as the Swiss typeface it’s named after. With around 500 whiskeys at the bar, a tasting can easily turn into a night of multiple cocktails – from diluted classics to more inventive house creations. You might also find cheese platters, charcuterie boards and baked Camembert.

  • The pop-up bar so good, it lived on.

  • Burgers downstairs, cocktails upstairs.

  • Follow the nondescript steel door in a Northbridge backstreet to find Sneaky Tony’s, a secretive dimly-lit Prohibition-era bar with 300 bottles of rum. Go for classics like an Old Fashioned or Pina Colada, or order something off-menu. The staff are knowledgeable and unpretentious staff, so you're in good hands.

  • The music is supplied but the food and drinks are BYO.

  • For lovers of fine whisky and bourbon.