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Universal Bar

Neighbourhood: Perth CBD
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Address: 221 William St | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 9227 6771
15:00 - 01:00
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Sun 16:00 - 00:00
Wed - Thu 15:00 - 01:00
Fri 15:00 - 02:00
Sat 16:00 - 02:00

Universal Bar is a popular hot spot amongst Perth’s music lovers. Open...

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.

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Rocking on a Sunday

Not expecting the city to be lively on a Sunday night but pleasantly surprised with the Universal. Tidy place with a bar at each end. Live music to entertain and get everyone into... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
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Ontario, Canada
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

As a tourist to Perth, this bar came highly recommended and often frequented by my family who lives here locally. A group of us stopped by on a Friday night and sat outside on their patio, as we had children with us. The owner/manager and bouncers were really friendly and great with the kids. They had live music which we... More 

Thank Markham S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Stank as I walked past, thought it was the drains went in OMG!!! Clean the place, an $ 11.70 for a beer get real?

Thank Tony W
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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Not expecting the city to be lively on a Sunday night but pleasantly surprised with the Universal. Tidy place with a bar at each end. Live music to entertain and get everyone into the vibe. Can imagine it rocks on a Friday!

Thank tuckerbag
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41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Grooving live music down stairs Went for the fringe show "alcohol is good for you" which was brilliant Hidden little bar Prices for their specials are amazing! But! The drinks etc are quite pricey otherwise Love the look of this waterhole

Thank Claire L
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Really disappointing. The chefs salad is literally lettuce mix on a plate. The service was good, but the food was not worth it. Wouldn't recommend.

Thank Tia L
1 review
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I organised a function at universal (quite last minute) and the staff here were so incredibly helpful. The customer service was great and upon arrival my first round of drinks was paid for. Definitely recommend :):)

Thank Priscilla M
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Was a nice bar, with great entertainment, great package deals especially for groups/parties, staff seem on ball and nice most days. Sadly they seem to be cutting corners to stay competitive, as they are in a seriously competitive night life district, and so they either cut quality, in many cases we've seen the prices going up and the quality of... More 

Thank Matthew W
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

I went there with my wife for quick drinks. I found the beer on tap is more expensive than Brass Monkey. Although chicken wings were $ 1 each. The atmosphere was very cool. The music was good. The place had a mix of people from all age like youngsters, old, middle aged and I liked it. There was private party... More 

Thank Sumit K
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I organised our 20 year reunion at the roof top terrace bar a the Universal Bar and it was fantastic. The communication between the venue and myself prior to the event was excellent. The venue was superb, centrally located and upstairs was private. Such a fantastic atmosphere and the staff were happy and helpful. There was plenty of food and... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Always happy to stop by. Friendly staff, good vibe, central location and good happy hour 5-6pm. Enjoy the beer on tap and the assortment of cocktails.

Thank Richelle R

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