How do you do, fellow kids? We’re here to talk about the best nightclubs around Perth for a late night dance! And while a few of us’ late night partying days may be behind us, some of us still love to get amongst it, and when we do it’s usually at one of the following:
Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Live music early, dance party late – this has been the Jack Rabbit Slim’s credo over the past half decade and a bit. Regularly hosting touring and local bands earlier in the night, attention turns towards DJs for the latter half of the evening on weekends throwing party jams washed down with their signature blue Power Rave juice keeping things rowdy ’til very late.
133 Aberdeen St, Perth
If forward-thinking electronica is more your tip, Barbes in East Perth has a rotating selection of crews throwing different parties for all comers. From the future beat stylings of wldflwer and Turnt Tables’ harder house/techno to tribal-infused house grooves from Solouk and disco-filled dancefloors with New Day, there’s literally something for everyone in a very welcoming space.
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237 Hay St, Perth
Magnet House / Amplifier
If you like your late-night weekends turbo-charged, Magnet House’s multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art audio/visual set up is the place for you. An assault on the senses (in a great way), Maggie discos hard with an undulating LED rooftop, glowing walls, multiple rooms and a trusted group of local selectors who know how to keep ’em dancing until early morning. For the mid-week party animals their weekly STUDIO night is the biggest party in town, and if rock’n’roll is more your vibe just slide next door to the tried and tested surrounds of Amplifier.
393 Murray St , Perth
Quite possibly the longest running gay nightclub in the southern hemisphere, Connections doesn’t so much cater to the LGBTQIA+ market as it does to people are equal parts playful, kind and wild. The only condition being you bring a good attitude and your dancing shoes. If your feet get weary though don’t worry – their rooftop terrace offers a great views along with a great chance to meet friendly, like-minded folks. There’s a reason this place has been pumping for over 40 years.
81 James St, Northbridge
If you consider yourself a true house head who loves dancing to all things four-four than you should already know the intimate surrounds of Geisha Bar very well. If not…well what are you waiting for!? With rotating nights of Perth’s most knowledgable selectors gracing the decks along with a raft of touring national and international artists, you won’t have time to stroke your chin as your hands will be too busy in the air.
135a James St, Northbridge
While Freo may be light on for late night dance venues, there is one big house that has loomed large over South Terrace for a few decades now – Metros Freo. A young crowd romps around a variety of different rooms all focused on party bangers from doors open until doors closed. Run by the same crew as Magnet House, you can expect a similarly large audio/visual element to your night, with tunes regularly thrown down by popular A/V DJ NDorse joined by live horns, flamethrowers, dancers… you name it!
58 South Tce, Fremantle
If you’ve strolled down Francis St on any given weekend night there’s a good chance you’ve noticed a huge line out the front of Butterfly 73, who have the rap/hip hop/R&B/trap/bass side of music on lock. Things get particularly rowdy at their weekly Sanctuary Saturday nights, while it gets a little groovier on Thursdays for their Mi Casa latin nights. Expect sparks to fly (literally) and if this sounds like your jam, may we suggest getting down early.
73 Francis St, Northbridge
If you like your raving subterranean and your techno tough then Goodwill Club underneath The Rechabite is the dungeon for you. A top notch soundsystem and minimal lighting rig on the roof keep things nice and intimate – just you, your pals and music that’ll control your body until you can’t take it anymore. Jump on the lift for a breather on the Hello Rooftop Bar and you might even find some disco delights to get down to.
224 William St, Northbridge
Lucy’s Love Shack
Originally starting out as a late night rock’n’roll pizza joint, Lucy’s is slowly heading back towards its club roots as the former home of Ambar with a few more dance music-focused crews rolling through to keep the dancefloor vibing late. Similar to Slim’s though if you pop in earlier you can still expect to find some great local bands ripping the stage up early, along with popular queer-friendly night Cherry Bomb bringing party tunes on the reg.
104 Murray St, Perth
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Header Image: Goodwill Club by JKD Photography