Just because we’ve aged out of long lines and vodka Red Bulls doesn’t mean we don’t still want to get out and have a boogie every now and then.
If you’re feeling like cutting a rug or two, here are a few spots around Perth to get footloose and fancy free:
No Lights No Lycra
First starting in Melbourne way back in 2011, No Lights No Lycra is the wholesome goodness we need to start our week right. The international phenomenon is the perfect way to get active and let loose like nobody’s watching – because they aren’t! With groups in West Leederville, Joondalup, East Vic Park, Scarborough and Bassendean, the weekly dance parties take place in a dark room so you can truly let loose with no fear of judging eyes!
If there’s one thing that’ll get us moving, it’s disco! And when we think disco, we think Toots. The hidden bar is one of our favourite spots to cut loose – not only do they pump plenty of dancefloor-starting tunes, but the disco balls, velvet and fun cocktails really don’t hurt either!
Open for 17 years now, Mustang Bar is really a part of the fabric of Northbridge. Bringing Americana before dive bars were cool, this pumping spot is a favourite for dancers, with swing and salsa nights and plenty of live music to get you on your feet.
46 Lake Street, Northbridge
We bang on about Si Paradiso a fair bit, but they just manage to do a whole lot of things rather well! As well as their banging Italian bites, the courtyard fires up with Italo-disco, along with their fair share of house, soul, jazz and much more from the city’s finest DJs.
1/446 Beaufort Street, Highgate
The Jazz Cellar
If you’re more of a jazzy Jeff, make sure to grab a couple of tickets to this Mount Hawthorn icon. Enter through the red phone booth, and remember that it’s BYO booze and snacks! The Jazz Cellar has the most important thing sorted though: the killer live band that’ll have you dancing all night long!
139 Buxton Street, Mount Hawthorn
Celebrating a hugely impressive 21 years in 2022, OUTdance brings together LGBTQI+ dancers of all ages for weekly ballroom classes and social dancing – from the Cuban rumba to the samba, the cha cha and the jive! Make sure to mark your calendars for next year’s annual Barn Dance extravaganza – and don’t forget the cowboy hat!
The National Hotel
This iconic Fremantle heritage pub is an all-timer when it comes to Fave Freo watering holes, especially as the weather warms up and the rooftop comes alive. And speaking of lively, the National Hotel‘s front bar downstairs has some kind of live music on most nights of the week, and things get a little bit livelier when the cover bands roll through on the weekend.
98 High St, Fremantle
While slinky cocktails and succulent snacks are always on the menu at Ronnie Nights, this fun little Freo joint is not averse to a dancefloor or two on the reg. Their upstairs band room gets pretty wild most weekends, with groovy Sunday sessions, live music and more.
75-77 Market St, Fremantle
Just around the corner, Freo’s newest Honky Tonk will have you saying “Yee-haw!” in no time! With some good old-fashioned southern hospitality (including southern-style comfort food), live country music and vibes bigger than the Texas sky, you’re set for a rootin’-tootin’, boot-stompin’ hoedown!
81 High St, Fremantle
Rodney’s Bait & Tackle
It’s no secret we’re big fan of Rodney‘s wacky fun house of fishing-themed trinkets for a bar (including half a boat inside the space), but if you up for a boogie it’s the place to be. Regularly hosting live bands, jazz and vinyl DJs on the weekends, get down early for a beer and bite to eat before you get down later.
598 Stirling Hwy, Mosman Park
Header image: Toots