Words by Grey Edeson.
An infallible recipe for an excellent Perth night out:
- Take two Perth venues. You’ll need one offering delicious food, and another dishing up impressive entertainment.
- Combine thoroughly and enthusiastically.
- Add generous amounts of good company.
Mojo’s Bar and Propeller, North Fremantle
Formerly The Stoned Crow, much-loved Mojo’s is a live music mecca. If the psychedelic murals on those walls could talk, they would tell some whisky-soaked, star-studded tales. Here you’ll find something for your ears to feast on from Wednesday to Sunday. As for actual sustenance, the North Freo precinct has you spoilt for choice, with Flipside Burgers, Piggy & Co, and Mrs. Browns all within walking distance. Fuel up pre-show across the road from Mojo’s, with modern Middle Eastern fare, served under the stars, at Propeller. Sign up for plump Tiger Prawns with spicy ezme dressing, or, for a vegetarian delight, pomegranate braised silverbeet. Book early, and you’ll have time to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ your way through the Chef’s Menu, before the headline band hits the stage.
Mojos: 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Propeller: 222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Luna Cinema and Six Senses, Leederville
Home to blockbusters and indie flicks alike, Luna on Oxford is rich in art deco charm and old school service. The wafting scent of heavily buttered popcorn and the plush red seats are guaranteed to have you nostalgic for a pre-Netflix era. Luna consists of four intimate, boutique cinemas, but boasts infinite loveliness. Cinephiles only need to stroll down Oxford Street to grab a bite at stylish date night spot (it’s all in the mood lighting) Six Senses. The menu is plentiful with Thai classics and dressed-up street food inspired dishes. You can’t go wrong with the Penang Curry, crowned with spine-tinglingly good crispy pork belly. It’s a triumph. Just remember to save room for a vino, and enough popcorn to feed an army, in front of the silver screen.
Luna Leederville: 155 Oxford St, Leederville
Six Senses: 135 Oxford St, Leederville
His Majesty’s Theatre and Heritage Wine Bar, CBD
Channel old-world glam, don your fanciest shoes, and pick up a show program on your way in. Whether it’s the ballet, the opera, or something in-between, there’s something special about an evening at His Majesty’s Theatre. The Hollywood vibes aren’t all in the velvet curtain and gilded balconies either; Golden Age stars Katherine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, and Vivien Leigh all treaded the boards HMT during their careers. Next stop? Heritage Wine Bar for a feasting that will make you want to pirouette. Heritage offers an extensive wine list and staff capable of pairing you with your perfect drop. All in all, it is an elegant and polished celebration of all things Australian wine and produce. Book in post theatre so you can wax lyrical over the show, while nibbling a shitake mushroom tartlet or some melt-in-your-mouth petit fours.
His Majesty’s Theatre: 827-905 Hay St, Perth
Heritage Wine Bar: 131 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Comedy Lounge and Old Faithful, CBD
After the rollercoaster that is 2020 thus far, it’s fair to say we could all use a bit of a giggle. Work up an appetite by slapping your thigh and elbowing your seat neighbour in the ribs at Comedy Lounge, nestled away in the CBD. Be sure to secure your tickets in advance online to avoid disappointment at the door. Feeling peckish? Cheerful comfort food is a wander through the cityscape away at Old Faithful. Hot wings served by the half dozen, cornbread with lashings of maple butter… and other assorted health foods await you through the saloon style doors. The drinks lists showcases a formidable rotating tap list, plus more spins on the humble margarita than you can poke an open mic at.
Comedy Lounge: Upstairs, 413 Murray St, Perth
Old Faithful: 86 King St, Perth
El Grotto and La Capannina, Scarborough
A stone throw from the sand, surf and pine trees of Scarborough beach, stands El Grotto, beloved and critically acclaimed* tequila bar of the people. DJs and live music are the bread and butter here; you’ll find gigs on every weekend. Make use of the dance floor (you’ll have plenty of company) or chill out on a comfy couch to enjoy the beachy vibes. El Grotto serves up delicious Mexican food (death by Baja fish tacos please), but if you fancy a stroll along The Esplanade, begin your night with a meal at La Capannina. You’ll find an absolute heartbreaker of a crab linguine, plus a pizza menu almost as sweeping as the ocean views. Tip: book in at sunset for a scene that will make you thankful to live in the west.
* Australian tequila bar of the year for 2018 at the Australian Bar Awards. Cheers to that.
Shop 5/148 The Esplanade, Scarborough
L1/171 The Esplanade, Scarborough
Optus Stadium and Blasta Brewing Company, Burswood
Footy is back… and doesn’t it feel good? Beer in plastic cups, team colours, and, for one Perth writer, getting way too passionate about a sport she doesn’t entirely grasp the rules of. Mere minutes down the road from Optus Stadium, is Blasta Brewing. The good folks at Blasta are purveyors of, not only fine brews, but also, quite possibly, the most moreishly sticky lamb ribs in Perth. If you’re feeling a touch adventurous, opt for a schooner of Tangerine Dreams, a dreamy tangerine infused Hefeweizen. Large and lively, Blasta is the top pick for families, groups and gatherings. So, after the final siren, treat yourself to a football-sized steak sanga with golden chippies and a pint… whilst critiquing the performance of professional athletes. It’s the Australian way.
Optus Stadium: 333 Victoria Park Dr, Burswood
Blasta Brewing Company: 84/88 Goodwood Pde., Burswood
Header image: His Majesty’s Theatre