Perth and its surrounding suburbs feature a lively nightlife that includes concerts, the theatre, restaurants and cafes, as well as pubs and nightclubs.

The main streets in the port of Fremantle are home to several small bars and quaint pubs, many of which brew their beer on site. A good place to catch local musical acts, grab a bite and relax, the area is also known for numerous English style fish and chips establishments near the city’s harbor.  Little Creatures Brewery, where one can go for some boutique beer and chill with the locals or the Metro Fremantle nightclub are just two of the many well known places in Fremantle. If you prefer world music, try Kulcha or The Fly by Night Club. Mojos is a live venue a little out of Fremantle that plays original music if you like grunge. The Fremantle Art Centre also hosts live music in its outdoor area in warmer weather so it is worth checking out the Art Centre's calendar of events as the centre is located in a former asylum- a great example of colonial Freo architecture.

The West  end of Perth is another vibrant area, especially on weekend evenings, which includes late night shopping around King Street. There is a mix of cafes and bars including Bar One in the QV1 Building, The Conservatory, The Belgian Beer Bar and Venn.

 The Perth CBD has recently relaxed its licencing laws which has enable a new generation of small bars to spring up in little alleyways and down small streets. Some of the best include Andaluz bar (tapas) (Howard St), Helvetica (just around the corner from Andaluz in the alleyway), The Greenhouse (St Georges Tce- food below and a bar upstairs),  and The Hula Bula Bar (a great intimate Tikki bar with kitch decor). If you are looking for a boogie and like retro music from the 60s to 90s, then get along to the Hula Bula's big sister - Devilles Pad - a great devilish-themed caberet style niteclub with live acts, DJs and a smoking volcano in the middle of the dance floor! Another new kid on the block is "Llallah Rookh" which is a great bar/restaurant under Allendale Square building on St George's Tce.

Up the road on St George's Tce are a group of new upmarket bar/restaurants in a lovely old and recently refurbished building that prove the Perth CBD has really come to life! Check out Trustee (where New York meets Paris in its decor), Heritage and The Print Club.

Another new popular bar in the CBD is "The Aviary" which is a rooftop bar upstairs from the Murray Street mall above the exit to the train station. Or For a smaller more intimate gathering, try Venn in Queens Street or a couple of the bars off King Street down Wolfe Lane (such as The Cheeky Sparrow).

Near the CBD is a suburb called Northbridge. Most of Perth's famous night hotspots are found here and they range from adult strip clubs to nightclubs and pubs. A great venue for live funk and soul music and a quirky crowd is The Universal Bar on William Street. Just down the road from the Universal Bar is new live music venue, The Bird, as well as an intimate small bar Ezra Pound, where they serve cocktails in jam jars. "Bivouac" is another newish bar restaurant on William Street witha  good vibe. Northbridge is now also home to the new State Theatre named after actor Heath Ledger.

To the east, you’ll find plenty of other find restaurants; and while Hay Street East in East Perth is typically off the radar for tourists, it shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re seeking out some of Western Australia’s hottest bands. To hear up and coming local talent, head to Grosvenor Hotel! For a relaxing lunch or dinner sitting by some water, you can wander down to the East Perth redevelopment area and eat at The Royal Hotel or one of the other dozen or so restaurants along the waterfront.

Don’t think the fun has to stop on Sunday night either. The trendy Mount Lawley area and Cottesloe district each offer hopping nightlife, whether it be smaller pubs or large dance clubs, that continues before the workweek begins.  The Beaufort Street strip offers pubs like The Brisbane Hotel (great in summer), The Queens and The Flying Scotsman. Must is a great, more upmarket winebar/restaurant. Five is a great, new, relaxed bar and next door is Clarences, a small, intimate wine bar which is open on a Monday night and usually packed!  Luxe Bar is also on the Beaufort Street strip and is reknowned for its cocktails. The Merchant Bar and Restaurant is also open on a Monday night and is suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks with a tapas meal.

Further up Beaufort Street  is Ellingtons -  a small intimate wine bar for jazz lovers, again opened 7 nights a week.

The area around Oxford Street, Leederville is another strip with some great nightlife options. The Leederville Hotel is a fave and has a great outdoor restaurant- The Garden. Double Lucky is a cool bar tucked around the corner off a car park and don't forget the Hip-E Club if you are still wanting to dance at 2am! Further up Oxford St near the Re Store is Kitsch Bar- serves good Asian fusion food and drinks in a eclectic Asian-themed setting.