When you take into account the cost of backpacking, it’s important to keep spending to a minimum, but if you want to actually have a life Down Under, it’s just as important to socialise. To keep from over spending, there are tonnes of dedicated nights to backpackers and strapped-for-cash travellers, who can enjoy themselves on a budget. You can find these kinds of backpacker nights in Perth, the capital of Western Australia and where the majority of city living happens.
The Mustang Bar
A Perth institution for sure. The Best Backpacker Nights In Perth. Where? At The Mustang Bar throws the city’s most popular backpacker night where you’re guaranteed to get value for your buck with a side order of fun. The Backpacker & Student Night kicks off at 6pm and offers an Australian BBQ of steak, sausages, salad and a drink, entry into a pool competition for a cool first prize of $100, and a live show from local band, Frenzy. You’ll even be in with a chance of winning a $100 cash door prize, and all you have to do is hand over $5! With the risk of missing out, you can’t afford not to!
46 Lake Street, Northbridge
The Brass Monkey
Renowned for its warm welcome to the wandering traveller, The Brass Monkey is considerate of not burning a hole in your pocket everyday of the week, but Wednesday is specifically Backpacker Night, with drinks specials until closing including $5 spirits, $8.50 pints and $10 cocktails. There are beat jockeys to entertain from 7pm and free entry all night long, but make sure you don’t get lost – this entertainment venue consists of an upstairs bar and balcony, a rooftop bar, a sports bar and a large main bar area leading a courtyard.
Corner of James & Williams Streets, Northbridge
One of the longest running backpacker nights in Perth, Tuesdays at Hip-E Club are bursting to the brim with drink specials, prizes and music all night. Listen to the retro and old school hits mixed by DJ E-Funk and get through the door free of charge with a backpacker, student or hospitality industry staff ID card. There’s no doubt you’ll enjoy exploring the interior of this vibrant club; with neon colours, vibrant hieroglyphs and a Volkswagen Kombi acting as the DJ booth, it’s backpacker central. When the heat gets too much, you can freshen up outside under the large umbrellas.
663 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Lucky Shag Bar
It might not be the official backpacker night, but Monday evenings are so damn generous here, we’re thinking of making it Lucky Shag’s honorary night for any cash-strapped individuals. Not only does this bar have a cracking name, Monday night is quiz night from 7pm at just $5 entry. There are cash prizes, giveaways and $15 meal deals to satisfy any hunger pangs. There’s also plenty of beer, wine and cocktails to make it an all-round good night!
Barrack Street Jetty, Perth