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221 William St,
Northbridge WA


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Universal Bar Overview

A landmark on Perth’s live music scene, Universal Bar is also one of the city’s most popular and exclusive function venues. Styled after a New Orleans jazz bar, this classy Northbridge institution draws a mostly 30-something crowd with live music every night, plus award-winning cocktails and a quality menu. It all makes for a lively yet laidback atmosphere – perfect for catching a gig, hosting a party or just kicking back on the upstairs terrace with a drink poured by some of Perth’s finest bartenders. The beer and wine list is certainly not to be passed up as is the inventive and extensive cocktail list; try the Southern Voodoo – Finlandia mango vodka, southern comfort, lime, apple and pear juice and vanilla, paired with two pulled beef sliders served with smoked BBQ sauce and chips.

A few words from Universal Bar

Universal Bar is a popular function centre and continues to be amongst the most popular function venues in Perth. Open since 1993, Universal Bar is also well known for its cocktail bars, finest quality of food and beverages as well as live music for over two decades. Universal Bar has won the AHA Best Late Night Venue Award multiple times.

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.

Management at Universal have operated the venue for more than 45 years collectively.

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.


Universal Bar Functions

Caters for up to 330 Guests
  Corporate Function, Product Launch, Cocktail Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Engagement Party, Hens & Bucks Night, Charity Event
  Finger Food, Cocktails, Canapes
The Universal Bar has emerged as amongst the hottest function centers in Perth. Our philosophy of unparalleled customer service ensures your event is a success. Click the function package link for an overview of Universal Functions – you’ll soon see why our functions are unlike anything else!

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Opening Hours

Wed15:00 - 00:00
Thur15:00 - 01:00
Fri11:30 - 02:00
Sat16:00 - 02:00
Sun16:00 - 00:00

Features & Facilities

  • City Views
  • Disabled Access
  • Parking
  • Functions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Gay Friendly

Payments Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • EftPos

Other Awards & Media

  • 2014 Finalist AHA WA Award Food and Beverage Services Employee

  • 2014 Finalist AHA WA Award Live Entertainment

  • 2014 Finalist AHA WA Award Rising Star

  • 2014 Finalist AHA WA Award Venue Manager

  • 2015 Winner Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Choice

  • 2015 AHA WA Best Late Night Venue and Excellence in Service

  • 2013 Finalist AHA WA Award Live Entertainment

  • 2013 Finalist AHA WA Award Venue Manager

  • 2013 Finalist AHA WA Award Employee Excellence in Service

  • 2013 Winner AHA National Award Employee Excellence in Service

  • 2012 Finalist AHA National Award Bar Services Employee of the Year

  • 2012 Winner AHA Excellence in Service Award

  • 2011 Winner AHA Bar Services Employee of the Year

  • 2010 Winner AHA Bar Services Employee of the Year

  • 2009 Winner AHA Bar Services Employee of the Year

  • 2008 Finalist AHA Live Entertainment Award