As Perth’s newest bar, The Laneway was packed, popular and pumping. It wasn’t late into Friday night when I noticed the lit-up sign hidden down the end of a Murray Street lane, and when I saw the line of people waiting patiently on red carpet to get in I figured it’d be worth checking out.
Inspired by the jazz era, it’s dimly lit but alight with an electric atmosphere; the bar staff are serious, the decor is a little tacky and the drinks are delicious.
We managed to score ourselves two seats at the bar, and despite it being a busy night the barman was ready to go. I didn’t manage to check out their cocktail list, but a nip of Belvedere vodka set me back $12.
As a brand new nightspot it’s got a great Friday night drinks vibe and great ideas, but I’d wait a few months to come back for dinner and suggest that the staff turn their frowns into friendly smiles – for now it needs to iron out the kinks to blossom into a place where every hipster needs to be seen.
The Laneway Lounge also has live jazz in the dining room.
The Laneway Lounge
414A Murray Street
Tuesday to Saturday, 4pm – 12am