Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne

Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne

Melbourne is legendary for its live music scene. Dating back to the 1960's, Melbourne has been the envy of the world for its vibrant live music scene includes pubs, bars and live music venues. Some of the worlds biggest names launched right here in Melbourne.

A few have changed, but Melbourne continues to pump out live music 7 nights a week!

Where to catch live music in Melbourne..

BEST Music Venues

According to the "BEST" lists from music websites, the best live music venues in Melbourne are:

Melbourne Cherry Bar - 103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Melbourne Corner Hotel - 57 Swan St, Richmond
Melbourne Esplanade Hotel - 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Melbourne Howler Bar - 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Melbourne Northcote Social Club - 301 High St, Northcote
Melbourne Prince Bandroom - 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Melbourne The Tote - 71 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Melbourne Workers Club - 51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne Yah Yah's - 99 Smith St, Fitzroy

Honourable Mentions

Melbourne Bar 303 - 303 High St, Northcote
Melbourne Bird's Basement - 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne
Melbourne Paris Cat Jazz Club - 6 Goldie Place, Melbourne
Melbourne The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar - 238 Victoria St, North 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 July 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 Yarraville Club - 135 Stephen St, Yarraville

Melbourne Memo Music Hall - 88 Acland Street, St Kilda


Melbourne AAMI Park

Melbourne John Cain Arena

Melbourne Margaret Court Arena

Melbourne Marvel Stadium

Melbourne Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne Rod Laver Arena

Top Live Music Venues - Melbourne

View Event: Bird's Basement
Bird's Basement
THE ULTIMATE JAZZ ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE Bird's Basement is a live music venue, the home of Melbourne JAZZ. Since it opening its doors, Bird's has been the host of music le.. Show More..

View Event: Cherry Bar
Cherry Bar
Over 20 years ago Cherry was founded down AC/DC Lane (at that time Corporation Lane) and has since moved from our beloved basement (400 odd metres away) to be just that little bit .. Show More..

View Event: Corner Hotel
Corner Hotel
Live Music, Rooftop Beer Garden, Special Events, Dining and Functions. Visit our website for up coming local and international acts and for venue bookings! Featuring well-known .. Show More..

View Event: Eddies Bandroom
Eddies Bandroom
Eddies Bandroom EBR Moorabbin Fully licenced Pool and Snooker Bar with a dedicated Bandroom offering live music. The venue is available for celebrations, functions and events... Show More..

View Event: Festival Hall
Festival Hall
Festival Hall is an iconic music and entertainment venue located in the heart of West Melbourne. With its rich history and impressive lineup of upcoming events, Festival Hall i.. Show More..

View Event: Howler Bar
Howler Bar
Howler is a multifunctional, multifaceted arts hub and bar - a concept space hidden within a Brunswick warehouse that encapsulates all that is good about design, music, theatre, ci.. Show More..

View Event: Live At London Eleven
Live At London Eleven
Live At London Eleven in Bayswater is Melbourne's newest live music venue offering live music and a fully licensed bar. BAYSWATER'S PREMIER LIVE MUSIC VENUE Located in Melbo.. Show More..

View Event: Max Watt's | House of Music
Max Watt's | House of Music
Max Watt's delivers the biggest headline artists at the best venue in Melbourne. Buried below street level, Max Watt's Ballroom is located in the heart of the city, opposite Mel.. Show More..

View Event: MeMo Music Hall | St Kilda
MeMo Music Hall | St Kilda
St Kilda MeMo Theatre is St Kilda's hidden treasure. Memo Music Hall Opened in 1924 and originally known only as the 'theatre', St Kilda MeMo Theatre is the hidden treasure wh.. Show More..

View Event: Northcote Social Club
Northcote Social Club
The Northcote Social Club has established itself as one of the musical highlights of Melbourne's North Eastern suburbs. Featuring local bands and also International performers, .. Show More..

View Event: Paris Cat Jazz Club
Paris Cat Jazz Club
The Paris Cat is one of Melbourne's premier jazz clubs and performing arts venues. The Paris Cat is an intimate and unique venue that hosts a vibrant underground Jazz scene and.. Show More..

View Event: Satellite Lounge
Satellite Lounge
Satellite Lounge - beaming live entertainment into your suburb Once upon a time, every Melbourne suburb had a hotel with live music. It was a way of life: you watched Countdow.. Show More..

View Event: The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar
The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar
Self-styled dive bar offering craft beer and American-inspired snacks, plus live music and comedy. Situated on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD, it is easy to make your way down t.. Show More..

View Event: The Toff in Town
The Toff in Town
A rich multi-layered venue, The Toff In Town boasts a premier boutique performance space and a dedicated club/bar area with late night dining. Located on the second floor of th.. Show More..

View Event: The Tote Hotel
The Tote Hotel
The Tote Hotel in Collingwood is one of Melbourne's favourite venues for live Rock and Roll - Loud and Proud. The Home of Rock (and punk-metal-pop-indie-shoegaze-post-dole-syn.. Show More..

View Event: The Workers Club
The Workers Club
The Workers Club is an incredibly diverse space with a public bar, band room, side bar and outdoor courtyard. Each room has an individual look and feel and can accomodate a range o.. Show More..


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Best Live Music Venues in Melbourne 

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John Cain Arena

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