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Universal Bar

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Address: 221 William St | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9227 6771
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15:00 - 02:00
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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
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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
Richelle R
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Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We had our 30th on the rooftop terrace a few weeks ago and I could not fault anything. Leading up to the event there was plenty of communication from universal bar to let us know what was going on. They organised a DJ for us who ended up being great. The night itself was fantastic, the waitstaff, bar staff and... More 

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Thank SarahLovers86
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I hired out the rooftop terrace bar at the universal bar for my 21st birthday ! Best venue, i had so many compliment from friends and family as well! I Would highly recommend this venue!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Came to this bar on a group night out..the live band, "Soul Convention" were fantastic..the whole place had a great atmosphere. Good selection of drinks and fast servive at the bar...winner..

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Held our staff function in the back bar - the staff were amazing. From start to finish they were exceptionally helpful with nothing being too much trouble. Food was great quality and good value. The area was partitioned off and the approx. 50 of us had plenty of room to mingle. We have organised and held many functions with our... More 

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Thank Sue221269
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Had a function upstairs at Universal Bar - the team were so helpful and friendly throughout the booking process and on the day of my event. Everyone comment on what a great space it was. Thanks for making my 30th a great one :)

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

HI I recently organised a hen party for my friend . A few people had said it was going be full of young '18' year old people but it was free to book an area for a small group and there was a discount on drinks so I said Id go with it! They were very helpful and catering, helping... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

We held our annual Christmas party upstairs in the Terrace Bar private function area on 22 December 2015 and it was nothing short of outstanding! The staff were so accommodating, working with our every request for a Star Wars meets Star Trek themed party, creating custom cocktails, helping us decorate the room and use of the quality AV system for... More 

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