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“Crap and expensive food, good location” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Universal Bar

Universal Bar
221 William Street | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia (Perth CBD)
+61 8 9227 6771
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Ranked #91 of 130 things to do in Perth
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Owner description: Universal Bar is a popular hot spot amongst Perth’s music lovers. Open since 1993, Universal Bar is well known for its cocktail bars, finest quality of food and beverages as well as live Jazz and Blues every night of the week. Universal Bar is also a popular function Center and continues to be amongst the most popular function venues for corporate parties. Inspired by the atmospheric jazz and blues bars of New Orleans, Universal Bar has been the place for live music for over 18 years. Since the grand opening, the bar has built an outstanding reputation in the industry for offering not only the finest quality food and beverages, but exceptional live music every night of the week. Add to this award winning bar tenders and excellent customer service and you can begin to imagine the unrivaled atmosphere that is instantly felt when you walk through the doors. 1994 and 1995 saw extensive renovations take place at Universal Bar. The Back Bar area was constructed, doubling the capacity of the venue and creating a fantastic new private bar area for guests to hold functions. Amongst the most exclusive function venues in Perth, the bar has remained the same since, with neon lights, comfortable booths and warehouse style fixtures key design elements. Throughout the years, Universal Bar has been a popular venue and function centre for National and International musical touring acts, and has consistently supported the Western Australian music industry. And it is the consistency of the music, service, and guaranteed great night out that has the patrons continuing to return each week. With a member data base of over 2, 500, it’s clear that Universal Bar is a favourite hot spot amongst Perth music lovers! And it’s not just the patrons that love coming here. Management at Universal have worked at the bar for more than 30 years collectively, bringing a wealth of hospitality industry knowledge to current bar staff. It’s obvious when you visit the bar that the staff genuinely enjoy working there, which ultimately means better service for the customers! 2007 and 2008 saw further renovations take place, with a brand new private functions room built upstairs. The room, with a complete focus on comfort and sophistication, features an outdoor alfresco area and is the perfect place to hold large corporate functions from cocktail parties, through to corporate training and seminars. This new area has vastly increased the capacity of the venue. Universal Bar is truly one of the most sought after function venues in Perth. With the contemporary new upstairs cocktail bar paired with the history and atmosphere of downstairs, the House of Jazz and Blues is sure to be a hot spot for years to come.
Perth, Australia
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“Crap and expensive food, good location”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I attended a cocktail making hens recently and the location is good, you have your own space but the "lession" is pretty crap. Nice staff, very friendly. Keen to get everyone drinking their stuff etc.

I was horrified to find out that the platters of food that the bridesmaid organised were incredibly expensive. One platter which was Turkish bread cut up with three dips that you can buy from the supermarket was $55!!!!!

My poor friend was absolutely ripped off and the food was all packaged crap. Completely unimpressed!!!

Visited October 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Top quality "local" club”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I am always impressed with good service. We got it here. They have a wide selection of drinks and were friendly and helpful with our questions. The band is tight - it shows that they have played together a long time. They do the blues and quite a bit more so it stays interesting and fun.

Visited August 2013
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“Great for Blues etc”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We went last Wednesday nite and tonite ( thursday ) and had a great time , both bands were great and the service was good. Wednesday was quiet , and Thursday , tonite , was a bit more lively . Great ppl watching venue LoL. We are going back for more.

Visited April 2013
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“Tired sounding band”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

I went to Uni Bar in Northbridge on a Saturday night recently and noticed the same band is playing that used to play years ago! I'm afraid they sounded very tired too. The singer's voice made me feel a bit sorry for him! He's still lovely and all that, but just sounds tired now sorry.

Visited November 2012
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“Great cocktails, service and music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Have been to universal about 5 times, the band is always great and so is the cocktail knowledge. I would go back an I recommend

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