Perth may seem like the ultimate ‘daytime city’ because of its brilliant sunshine and coastal location but there’s tons to do at night there too! And we know that when choosing where to live, study or holiday, knowing you can have fun around the clock can be an important factor. Look what Perth has to offer for late night fun and games!
Perth night markets
Perth does night markets very well indeed! Bring along a hearty appetite and explore the various cuisines. Do a progressive dinner and sample small plates from multiple stalls. Be out in the fresh air, soaking up the atmosphere with friends, family and new friends you haven’t met yet!
- Night Noodle Markets – Inhale the aromas of delicious Asian street foods as you wander around. It’s not just noodles either. You can fill your belly with gyoza, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes plus gelato, pastries, waffles and more. Head to Geoffrey Bolton Avenue.
- Twilight Hawkers Markets – Established in 2011, these markets run from 4.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday nights from October to April. Situated at Forrest Place, they are colourful and busy and you can have your pick of scrumptious food options. How about Korean pancakes? Soup in a cob? Cheese croquettes? Don’t miss these!
- Kalamunda Night Markets – If it’s the last Friday of the month, you’re in luck! Get along to Haynes Street, Kalamunda for tons of market stalls and food trucks selling everything from baby clothes and dog treats to handmade dumplings, French crepes made to order and Spanish paella right from the pan.
- South Beach Sunset Market – Witness the magnificence of a Western Australia sunset over the Indian Ocean while sipping a drink at the pop-up bar, satisfying cravings at the various food stalls and bopping along to the beats of the live music. Open Saturday evenings from 5pm to 9pm throughout summer at South Beach in Fremantle, half an hour out of Perth itself.
Fun Perth night activities that include movies
There are always stock-standard cinemas in every city you visit but what’s really special in Perth are the open-air venues where you can watch some of the last movies.
- Rooftop Movies – Pull up a beanbag or deckchair six stories above ground level. If you can take your eyes off the views, you’ll see a great movie! Rooftop Movies at 68 Roe Street is open throughout summer and is fully licensed (suitable for 18+ only unless the minor is with a parent or legal guardian). Catch a cult classic or a latest release.
- Moonlight Cinema – Also open throughout the summer season is Moonlight Cinema at May Drive, Synergy Parkland in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Grab a meal from one of the food trucks or stalls or live it up big time with ‘Gold Grass’, like the premium Gold Class cinema experience, but outdoors!
Grab the kids for these fun night-time activities
Families looking for something to do at night in Perth will love the energetic activities on offer.
- Night Mini Golf – As late as 8.30pm, you can tee off at mini golf in the dark from Thursday to Sunday nights at Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. Light-up LED golf balls make it even more fun!
- Jump around – Bounce Cannington is a huge indoor adventure playground that houses more than 50 interconnected trampolines plus dodgeball courts, tramp basketball and ‘Big Bag’, a massive airbag to land on after trying aerial stunts. Check it out at 1371 Albany Highway, Cannington. At Just Jump (1/637 Wanneroo Rd, Wanneroo), trampolining and parkour will wear out the kids in record time!
- Laser tag – Evening and late night sessions at laser tag will have the kids begging to go along. Try Lazer Blaze in Malaga or Darklight at Joondalup.
- Skating – For the most fun you can have on wheels – or blades – get the kids down to a skating rink. Xtremeice even has Australia’s first on-ice bumper cars! Rolloways Leisure Centre in O’Connor is a family-friendly roller rink that’s fun for all ages.
Perth nightlife infused with water and fresh air
Perth’s climate and proximity to the ocean mean al fresco dining, waterfront bars and open-air rooftop nightspots are abundant. There’s something about those sea breezes and the balmy humidity that makes you thirsty! Well there are fixes for that.
- Bob’s Bar – Drop by 125 St Georges Terrace for freshly shucked oysters or hot and spicy chicken wings from the Honky Tonk menu. Named after former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, this place is famous for its funky cocktails, craft beers and awesome views.
- Varnish on King – Located at 75 King Street, Varnish is based on a New York speakeasy. On the first Monday of every month, there’s a Whiskey ‘101’ Masterclass where you can taste four styles of American Whiskey. Soak it up with a brilliant wagyu steak or a selection of other menu items.
- The Lucky Shag – This trendy waterfront bar at Barrck Street Jetty features a timber deck perched above the water so your Aperol Spritz can tickle your nose out in the fresh air while the birds flit around. Live music brings the night air to pulsing life. Inside, you can catch up on your big game on the multiple TVs. Eat, drink, be merry al fresco.
- The Aviary Perth – The city’s largest rooftop bar and restaurant space, The Aviary Perth at 140 William Street takes advantage of the dramatic city skyline. A strict dress code, gourmet menu and gorgeous fit-out mean the buzz here is quite lovely.
Live music nightspots in Perth
Get loud and get dancing in Perth and surrounds where some of the country’s coolest music nightspots party into the wee hours.
- The Ellington Jazz Club – Catch some of the best jazz talent around in this relaxed yet sophisticated bar at 191 Beaufort Street where the vibe is distinctly ‘New York’. Drop in for a cheeky beer or a fancy cocktail or settle in for a late night with great food and a cabaret atmosphere.
- Jack Rabbit Slim’s – Located at 133 Aberdeen Street in Northbridge, Jack Rabbit Slim’s is the ultimate nightspot if you like it loud! It boasts a 1950s Pulp Fiction-style diner that serves alcohol-spiked milkshakes (try the salted caramel and peanut butter) and wild loaded fries. Local and international acts draw the crowds here.
- Fly By Night Musicians Club – Run by a not-for-profit community arts group, Fly By Night at 179 High Street, Fremantle is the place to discover WA bands before they hit the big time. On Wednesday nights, check out the Fly Trap, a smaller gig room where the performances are more intimate.