A hipster hang-out with hip hop karaoke and a killer courtyard.
September 26, 2018
The Bird is known as a hipster haven, but don't hold that against it. A small bar with a gorgeous outdoor area complete with fairy-light-wrapped trees, it's a venue that was designed by friends for friends. Back in 2010, a group of beer-loving buddies gutted the William Street site and it's since played host to exhibition launches, spoken word nights, dance parties and, of course, live music. Indeed, The Bird has been a comfortable home for Northbridge creatives for the past eight years.
With raw exposed brick, op-shop furniture, well-worn wooden floorboards and a slew of hyper-stylish bearded men drinking tinnies of Emu Export, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were at a rough-and-ready house party — till you see the music lineup. The Bird draws some seriously impressive acts and is a great place to catch the latest local EP launch. With a small 150-cap band room, it fills up quick on Friday and Saturday nights. You'll see a few familiar faces in the crowd over the weekend — this place is frequented by many of Perth's up-and-coming musicians. In fact, one of the guys from Methyl Ethel runs sound most nights.
If you're more of a participant than a listener, on the second Thursday of every month The Bird hosts the incredibly popular hip hop karaoke. This isn't your ordinary karaoke night, with punters going all-out to compete for first place. Free before 8pm and $5 after, it's the best-value live music entertainment you can get in the west.
81 James Street, Northbridge
28 Roe Street, Northbridge
214 William Street, Perth
68 Roe Street, Northbridge
279 William Street, Northbridge
140 William Street, Perth
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