Home to some international exports from ACDC, Tame Impala and John Butler, Perth is a breeding ground for some world renowned international talent. From local, national and international acts, Perth is home to some world-class music venues, from casual hangouts, nightclubs and dedicated jazz venues, here’s some of the best;
The Astor Theatre – Mount Lawley
Nearly 100 years since it opened as The Lyceum, The Astor Theatre has been a popular venue over the years, for theatre, dancing, orchestra, karate, silent movies and more, but nowadays, it’s become one of the best live music venues in Perth. Its vintage red velvet chairs and art deco aesthetic make for a great atmosphere to host local, national and international acts — you’ll find more info about what’s on at the Astor here.
Jack Rabbit Slims – Northbridge
From fries and alcoholic milkshakes, Jack Rabbit Slim’s is a nightclub that takes its cues from 1950’s pulp fiction. Walk through the refrigerator doors into their live music venue that hosts a wide variety of local and international acts, from rock, hip hop, indie, electronic, R&B and more, Jack Rabbit Slim’s attracts a diverse crowd with their eclectic line up of live music.
The Ellington – Mount Lawley
One of Perth’s favourite jazz music venues, The Ellington Jazz Club has earned itself a steadily glowing reputation for putting on quality musicians from Australia and the world over on a weekly basis. Open ‘til 3am on a Friday and Saturday, book a classic round table right in front of the stage and enjoy fine champagne, shared plates and live music.
The Bird – Northbridge
If you’re looking for a venue where you can casually walk in, pay a small entry fee and enjoy a pot luck of local or international acts, The Bird is the perfect pit stop on an evening out in Northbridge. With a courtyard out back where it’s slightly quieter, you can step outside for some fresh air and have a chat without needing to talk over speakers music.
The Rosemount Hotel – North Perth
Having won several awards as a live music venue in Perth, The Rosemount Hotel is an old favourite pub in the heart of North Perth that hosts international bands most nights of the week. With a large outdoor courtyard and a beer garden, you’ll often see DJ’s or acoustic music outside as well.
Mojos Bar – Fremantle
Still going strong after 30+ years, Mojo’s is Fremantle’s longstanding favourite music venue for everything from acoustic, reggae, rock and contemporary international music. When they’re not hosting local or international acts, Mojo’s puts on an Open Mic Night on Monday’s and reggae night during the week. With a pool table and courtyard outback to relax and have a beer, Mojo’s is the perfect well-rounded and relaxed music venue to visit any night of the week.
The Fremantle Arts Centre – Fremantle
Set in a large heritage building surrounded by old trees, an art gallery and plenty of space on the green lawn, The Fremantle Art’s Centre is an artistic hub that hosts well known international musicians and local acts, from John Butler, London Grammar, The Cat Empire and endless other shows, you’ll find information about upcoming gigs here.
Clancy’s Fish Pub – Fremantle
If you’re not in the mood to move from one venue to another, Clancy’s Fish Pub is a laid back music venue, serving tap beer and an extensive menu of seafood and pub grub, so you can head in early for dinner and stay late to watch a gig. The perfect family friendly venue with a spacious outdoor area and indoor area, you can check out what’s on at Clancy’s here.