A Nightlife Lover's Guide to Northbridge, Perth

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Nov 02, 2017

by MAX VEENHUYZEN, Writer

Known for its nightclubs and late-night excess, this inner-city Perth hub is diversifying with a variety of restaurants and bars, new cultural experiences and examples of the west’s latent entrepreneurial spirit. 

Eat

James Parker

From soba noodles to tempura, this popular izakaya ticks plenty of boxes for Japanese comfort. For the real James Parker experience, though, book the sushi counter for close-up views of chefs slicing pristine sashimi and turning rice and seaweed into excellent hand rolls and nigiri.

The Standard

Standard by name, not by nature – especially if you’re referring to the technique-heavy cooking of chef Chase Weber. If seafood charcuterie and pressed lamb belly with native plum, pickled kohlrabi and cornbread don’t turn your head, this warehouse space’s drinks list and outdoor beer garden should do the trick.

Chicho Gelato

This gelateria is making all the right chilled moves with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a fun space awash with colour. Core flavours (pistachio, salted caramel) aside, collaborations with local chefs have given rise to limited one-offs such as Friuli Apple Strudel.

Drink

Mechanics Institute

A playlist of sing-out-loud songs; alfresco deck seating; food delivery from the attached Flipside burger bar; and great drinks. Little wonder Mechanics Institute is one of Perth’s premier cocktail venues.

No Mafia

No Mafia makes its “Southern-Italian-themed wine bar” brief look easy with a tightly stocked cellar, clued-up staff and a kitchen slinging wine-friendly eats.

Stay

Alex Hotel

Centrally located Alex Hotel encourages guests to mingle in tastefully appointed communal spaces. Streamlined rooms, meanwhile, are low on frills but have all the mod cons. At the in-house Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room, chef Sue Hutchins is all about Italian comfort, with the wine list fine-tuned to deliver Old World thrills.


Do

Appreciate the art

Northbridge is something of an art hub. Check out the Art Gallery of Western Australia and edgier pieces at PICA, as well as the area’s laneways and buildings – “canvases” for vibrant street art.

Buy some vinyl

Sifting through the crates at Safari’s Record Shack should unearth plenty of treasures, especially for soul and hip-hop fans, while the selection at Noise Pollution Records leans towards the rock side of things.

Watch open-air cinema

Rooftop Movies sees the top level of a parking lot screen cult and art-house films over the summer months. There’s also Moonlight Cinema at Kings Park.

But first, caffeine...

The traditionally named Koffie Winkel, or Dutch coffee house, is also au fait with modern techniques. Creamy nitro cold brew, anyone? 

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