Western Australia’s first synagogue was built in 1902, where services continued until 1910, after which it was permanently closed. Since then, the building has been used as an auction mart, rug shop, clothing outlet, art gallery and café. After many restorations and enhancements, the Old Synagogue now functions as a three-storey, 1,000-capacity dining and bar precinct, home to four unique hospitality venues, one of which is L’Chaim. L’Chaim (pronounced ‘la hime’) is the Hebrew phrase meaning ‘toast to life,’ nods to the rich cultural tapestry of the venue. It's concealed to those unknowing so you’ll have to venture deep below the Synagogue and behind a mysterious bookcase. Only there you’ll uncover a space of moody lighting and plush booths, and the famous grand piano. And if that isn’t cool enough, the quirky collection of décor was actually hand-picked by the team, from local antique and second hand stores. If you’re partial to a cocktail, you’ve come to the right place. Bartender Matt Bodycote is behind the unique and theatrical cocktail menu and knows all the tools of the trade. Located on corner of Fremantle’s South Terrace and Parry Street, L’Chaim is definitely worth a visit.
Hidden to those who don’t know where to look, Perth is home to many groovy hidden bars, well worth a gander and bevvy or two – from mysterious city alleyways and secretive side street saloons to basement bars.
Gone are the days of tradition and convention: Perth’s bar scene boasts plenty of intrigue these days. We’ve put together a list of Perth’s best hidden bars, so you’ll have no shortage of exciting places to perch with a drink in hand.