The Perth Lowdown

Our blog is a space where we can share our ideas, tell you about some of our favourite places in WA, and introduce you to a few locals that know a thing or two about what’s going on in Perth.  In short, this is where you can get the lowdown on anything from travel tips, places to eat, things to see and do, and just general stuff around Perth.  We’ll cover everything from the old to the just emerging, so check back in from time to time and get the lowdown from our fabulously awesome blog contributors.  And if you’re after some insider tips on some of Perth’s best bars, then check out our Bar Review page for the lowdown on the hip and the happening venues of Perth.

 

Perth Nightclubs

Perth Nightclubs

With so many new venues opening in Perth recently, we thought it would be good to take a snapshot of the current state of play for Perth nightclubs. Some of the Perth nightclubs that exist today have been around for years, decades even! However that’s not to say that they haven’t continually been getting revamped with new décor, equipment and layout, far from it. In this article we’ll take a look at the main players in Perth’s nightclub scene and what you can expect at each one. Although the information in this list was accurate at the time of writing, for the most up to date details, you might want to check the Facebook page of the venue you’re looking to go to. Almost none of the nightclubs on this list have current event information on their website, so the Facebook option, or giving them a call, seem to be the best methods of making sure you’re don’t rock up to a trap night when you thought you were in for a night of retro classics. Now that would be a disaster! Air There’s plenty of fun to be had at this Northbridge club, with plenty of big room house and regular fancy dress events. If you enjoy catching celebrities from some of your favourite tv shows, then that’s another reason to get down here and immerse yourself in the plush surroundings. 139 James St, Northbridge (upstairs) P. 0427 933 836 W. www.airclub.com.au F. www.facebook.com/airclubperth Ambar If there was an award for winning Perth nightclub awards then Ambar would have it in the bag. Picking up the gong for... read more
The Pub Crawl

The Pub Crawl

Providing people from all walks of life the opportunity to let their hair down and have a fun-filled few hours, the pub crawl is an institution that has been with us since, well, ages really. The Stone Ages to be precise. That’s right; it seems even Fred Flintsone & Barny Rubble used to get stuck into a bit of the amber nectar, with the discovery of beer jugs from the Neolithic period around 10,000 B.C. According to The SAFE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives, pub crawl-type behaviour has been referred to as far back as the 16th century in Southhampton, England. However it wasn’t until 1883 that the practice was first documented, and the term “pub crawl” did not appear until as late as 1915. The phrase was introduced by a writer called Thomas Burke who specialised in observations of the downtrodden inhabitants of London’s infamous East End. The SAFE Encyclopedia also points out that the term “bar hopping” was introduced in 1945 and was used by the Americans to describe the same ritual. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes a pub crawl as “a visit to several or many pubs or bars in one night”. This suits the gang here at Bar Hop just fine as we’re all about the bar scene here in Perth. A pub crawl can mean different things to different people and part of the reason for that is that there are other names for this particular pastime. Some of the more popular terms include bar crawl, bar tour and of course, what we are all about, the bar hop. In many cities and... read more
Things to do in Perth – beaches, pools & the river

Things to do in Perth – beaches, pools & the river

After previously living in the UK and Melbourne, I love living in Perth. When people who aren’t from Perth ask someone from Perth what it is about the city that they like the most, they almost always end their question with, “apart from the weather”. It’s like they know that the weather here is so good, with its 3000+ hours of annual sunshine that it really just goes without saying. Whenever I’m faced with this same restriction on my free speech, I now tell everyone it’s the lifestyle here in Perth that makes me love the place so much. But then of course, the lifestyle is a direct result of the weather! But what else is on that list? Why are so many of us packing our bags and heading west? In the first of our articles on things to do in Perth, we dive in (literally) for a look at the beaches and pools, as well as the river, and discover why getting wet in Perth is so much fun. The beaches “Which one?” I hear you ask? “All of them” I reply. There are so many awesome beaches in and around Perth it would be unfair to attempt to rank them. Leighton Beach is great for dog owners. Port Beach is great for young kids with its flat, shallow bottom and minimal surf. Scarborough Beach is a great spot to catch some waves, while City Beach is as its name suggests is close to the city and has some great BBQ facilities. Swanbourne Beach is the beach to visit if you’re looking for that all over tan, (nudge... read more
Things to do in Perth – A day in and around Fremantle

Things to do in Perth – A day in and around Fremantle

One of the reasons why we have started our blog is to create a space where we can pass on some of our favourite things to do in Perth.  So, I thought I’d kick things off with a few of my personal picks around the Fremantle area. I’m a massive fan of anything to do with the water, always have been. So I’m in my element here in Perth with both the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean, and the majestic Swan River right on my doorstep. With this in mind I thought my tips today should involve venues that lend themselves to a quick dip in between activities, so here goes… Let’s kick the day off with brekky at the Naked Fig in Swanbourne. I’ve always enjoyed the food down there, and although you often have to queue for a table, the view across the ocean is well worth it, not to mention the mandatory ocean swim when your done with your pancakes. Continuing with the nautical theme, I’ll then get you to jump on board one of the river cruises that leave from the B Shed in Freo. It takes about three hours to do the round trip to Perth, which sounds like a while but you hardly notice the time as the scenery is fantastic, and the drinks from the bar will keep the conversation flowing freely. A short walk from where you depart the boat is the famous Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. There are loads of great spots here, although for the purposes of this piece, I’m going to just pick one. Bathers Beach House... read more