Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne

Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne

Where to catch live music in the best venues in Melbourne.

Based on the "Best" lists, the top Live Music Venues in Melbourne are:

Top Live Music Venues

Melbourne Cherry Bar - 103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 9639 8122
Melbourne Corner Hotel - 57 Swan St, Richmond 9427 9198
Melbourne Esplanade Hotel - 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda 9534 0211
Melbourne Howler Bar - 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick 9077 5572
Melbourne Northcote Social Club - 301 High St, Northcote 9489 3917
Melbourne Prince Bandroom - 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 9536 1168
Melbourne The Tote - 71 Johnston Street, Collingwood 9419 5320
Melbourne Workers Club - 51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 9415 6558
Melbourne Yah Yah's - 99 Smith St, Fitzroy 9419 4920

Honourable Mentions

Melbourne Bennetts Lane Jazz Club - Melbourne
Melbourne Bird's Basement - Melbourne
Melbourne Paris Cat Jazz Club - Melbourne

Best Live Music Venue Reviews

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016

At The Age Music Victoria Awards each year, awards are presented for best venue (big/small), best country and best festival.

Melbourne Best regional venue: The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Melbourne Best venue (over 500 capacity): Corner Hotel
Melbourne Best venue (under 500 capacity): The Tote
Melbourne Best festival: Meredith Music Festival

The Best Spots for Live Music in Melbourne

By Kathryn Kernohan - 11 Jul 2014 |

Melbourne prides itself on being the live music capital of Australia and despite the high-profile recent closure of Bourke Street's Palace Theatre, we're still home to dozens of superb venues where punters can catch anything from local indie bands to international hip-hop stars seven nights a week. From stadiums to basement bars, here's our guide to the best venues for live music in Melbourne.

Melbourne HOWLER

The best live music pubs in Melbourne

By Fred Siggins - June 29 2015 |
Melbourne is truly blessed in the live music stakes. Here are a few of our favourites

While there's suggestion of the live music scene in other cities dying, Melbourne's continues to flourish. And let's face it, who doesn't like a beer with their favourite local band?

If you're in the mind to further explore some pubs, maybe have a gander at our guide to Melbourne's best al fresco libation or our guide to our town's best pub grub.

Melbourne The Curtin
Melbourne Prince of Wales Hotel
MelbourneRetreat Hotel
Melbourne The Reverence HotelMelbourne Yarra Hotel

10 of the Best Live Music Venues

Looking for Live Music in Melbourne? Discover Melbourne's best live music venues. Our guide gives you a selection of cocktail, lounge, wine, karaoke, jazz, and chic city venues perfect for listening to cover bands, original music and DJ's whether you are looking for today for for Friday night! Many of the Bars in our guide are perfect to celebrate New Year's Eve or a night out with friends. Many of our listed spaces offer function facilities to help celebrate your next event, birthday or celebration.

Melbourne Campari House - Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Royal Oak Hotel - Fitzroy North
Melbourne 29th Apartment - St Kilda
Melbourne The Elephant & Wheelbarrow - St Kilda
Melbourne Hoo Haa Bar and Lounge - Windsor
Melbourne Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Cherry Bar - Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Golden Monkey - Melbourne CBD
Melbourne BearBrass Eating & Drinking - Southbank
Melbourne Hidden Alley - South Melbourne
Melbourne Burger Buzz - Brunswick
Melbourne Waterslide Bar - Southbank


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 |

Melbourne has a decorated history when it comes to live music venues, with venues coming and going on a regular basis, not without controversy! But regardless of what laws, restrictions, complaints or general interferences occur, Melbourne’s live music scene carries on strong with a huge selection of venues to choose from. But if you want to experience the best of Melbourne currently, these are 5 of the best that we recommend!

Melbourne The Corner Hotel, Richmond
Melbourne The Espy Hotel, St Kilda
Melbourne The Workers Club, Fitzroy
Melbourne Prince Band Room, St Kilda
Melbourne Howler, Brunswick

Live music

Melbourne crowds and venues have a long and celebrated tradition of nurturing live music, making Melbourne the nation's music capital.

The city's vibrant independent music scene comes alive every night of the week in pubs, clubs, warehouses and basements. From skinny-jeaned indie kids thrashing it out in a sweaty club to moustached gentleman pecking away on an old country number, the city caters for all tastes with only one prerequisite - a heartfelt love of music. Choose a style and check out some of the best local musicians performing across the city.

Melbourne Cherry Bar - Melbourne CBD
Melbourne Ding Dong Lounge - Melbourne CBD
Melbourne The Tote -
Melbourne The Old Bar -
Melbourne Yah Yah's -
Melbourne Workers Club -
Melbourne Esplanade Hotel (Espy) - St Kilda
Melbourne Revolver - Chapel Street



Not a reviewed list so we picked out the best "Live Music" venues.

Melbourne Bird’s Basement - Melbourne
Melbourne Toff in Town Band Room - Melbourne
Melbourne The Grace Darling Hotel - Collingwood
Melbourne Brunswick Hotel - Brunswick
Melbourne Veludo - St Kilda
Melbourne Bennetts Lane Jazz Club - Melbourne

The Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne

Laura Walkley | 12 December 2015 |

Melbourne is famous for it’s fantastic cultural scene, and music is at the top of the list of things the city does best. While rock is Melbourne’s speciality, newer and more alternative sounds are beginning to soak the city. There is a little something for all tastes somewhere amongst the concrete jungle. Have a look at six of the best spots for gigs and concerts in Melbourne.

Melbourne The Esplanade Hotel - St Kilda
Melbourne Howler - Brunswick
Melbourne The Workers Club - Fitzroy
Melbourne The Corner Hotel - Richmond
Melbourne Yah Yah’s - Fitzroy
Melbourne The Prince Bandroom - St Kilda

The do not present a "best" list but do publish an excellent list that can be filtered based on a criteria and location.

Other Mentions

Melbourne Caravan Music Club - 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh

Melbourne Yarraville Club - 135 Stephen St, Yarraville

Melbourne Memo Music Hall - 88 Acland Street, St Kilda

Melbourne Link Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne Link opens in new browser window

Cherry Bar Cherry Bar

Corner Hotel Corner Hotel

Esplanade Hotel | The Espy Esplanade Hotel | The Espy

Howler Bar Howler Bar

Northcote Social Club Northcote Social Club

Prince Bandroom | Prince of Wales Hotel Prince Bandroom | Prince of Wales Hotel

The Workers Club The Workers Club

Yah Yah's Yah Yah's

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