PERTH | Perth’s newest small bar has just opened in Northbridge. It’s called Astral Weeks, and is somewhere you’ll want to visit if you’re a music aficionado.
Hidden down a laneway in Chinatown (the same one where late night dining institution Billy Lee’s resides), Astral Weeks occupies a space that was formerly home to a Chinese Herbalist. It’s a 60 person venue, inspired by owner’s Sean O’Neill, Daniel O’Neill, Thomas Spurling and Daniel De Jong’s love of the world’s best listening bars.
Key to that, as the name suggests, is offering visitors the best listening experience. That’d be courtesy of the custom hand built Line Magnetic sound system, positioning of the speakers, and acoustic treatment of the room.
Hundreds of vinyl records line the walls of the bar, offering deep cuts that leans towards the jazzy, soulful, low-fi electronic side of things. Everyone who works here is a DJ or a musician, as well as a bartender, and it shows. Of note is that while the bar is very much about attracting your attention to the music being played, Astral Weeks is still a bar where you can have a conversation without the music drowning it out.
For drinks, it’s minimal intervention wines, a few local beers on tap and in the fridge, top quality spirits, and sake.
12/60-66 Roe Street
Western Australia 6003
Wed – Sun: 4:00pm to 12:00am