We’re casting the spotlight on the smaller live music venues that you can enjoy in Perth. Why not check what gigs these places have on offer?

The Bird

If there’s one venue you can count on to deliver, it’s The Bird. Relied on as one of the city’s best hangouts, it’s where you’ll find many up-and-coming artists and DJs making a name for themselves. Not to mention, it’s conveniently situated in the heart of Northbridge, on the corner of William and Roe St.

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003

Image credit; The Bird Facebook page

Indian Ocean Hotel

There’s just something about the Indian Ocean Hotel that makes you immediately feel right at home. Perhaps it’s the relaxed, cosy interior or its backyard party vibes – but this trendy Scarborough joint has become a favourite of mine. Head on right over for a chilled night and a well-deserved dance.

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 23 Hastings St, Scarborough WA 6019

The Ellington Jazz Club

Just as its name suggests, The Ellington Jazz Club is an intimate venue showcasing the very best jazz talents from Australia and beyond, 7 days a week. Seeing as the place often gets packed, it’s recommended that you get in early for the best seats in the house.

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 191 Beaufort St, Perth WA 6000

Image credit: The Ellington Facebook page

The Sewing Room

Located in the basement of Wolf Lane, The Sewing Room is an underground venue and nightclub which has had the likes of G Flip, several WAM artists and other local musicians performing at it. In fact, there’s always something on at The Sewing Room – including themed decade nights!

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 317 Murray Street, (Basement) Wolf Lane, Perth WA 6000

Jack Rabbit Slim’s

Formerly Black Betty’s, Jack Rabbit Slim’s has consistently stood out as one of Perth’s go-to nightclubs in the past few years. Many wonderful international and Australian artists play their shows at this retro-looking venue, and late night parties are always guaranteed after.

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 133 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6003

Image credit: Jack Rabbit Slims Facebook page

HQ Leederville

The Leederville skate park is surely iconic, but simply look beyond it to find HQ Leederville subtly tucked away. While this live music venue may be comparably smaller than the others, it truly packs a punch with its fiery gigs and urban feel. Did we also mention that it’s an all-ages venue?

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 60a Frame Ct, Leederville WA 6007

Badlands Bar

Don’t be fooled by its name; Badlands Bar is always brimming with the prospect of a good time. With an outdoor beer garden and food trucks to sort your cravings, you can settle in for a pre-show snack or round of drinks beforehand. Once you step inside the gig room and onto the sunken dancefloor, you’ll see why it’s one of the best kept secrets in Perth.

Upcoming events: HERE

Located: 1/3 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000

Image credit: Badlands Facebook page

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First published in 2019, updated in Dec 2022