Brisbane’s Live Music Scene: 8 Best Places for Live Tunes & Good Times
Times have been tough for the entertainment industry, but thankfully there are still so many live music venues calling Brisbane home and here are our favourites.
If there’s one thing Brisbane is great at, it’s supporting our live music scene. With legacy and fledgling venues scattered throughout the city, no matter what type of tunes take your fancy; Brisbane has a home for it.
Live music, food and drinks, The Triffid has it all. This WWII hangar has been reimagined (by former Powderfinger bassist, John Collins, no less!) into a destination for local and international acts. Part beer garden, part live music venue, careful thought and planning went into creating an acoustically sound, 800 person capacity venue.
7/9 Stratton Street, Newstead
A popular spot amongst live-music lovers and bar-hoppers alike, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall is one of Brisbane’s quirkiest spots to catch a gig. With the venue reopening in February after suddenly closing their doors in 2020, Lefty’s returned to continue serving southern style food, whiskey and live tunes. If you’re a lover of rockabilly, country and Americana rock, this is the place to be.
15 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t quite stumbled upon Black Bear Lodge, despite its central location in the Valley Mall. Enter via an unassuming staircase and you’ll find yourself in a narrow bar with a distressed brick aesthetic and squishy, candlelit booths. Towards the back of the venue, separated by a heavy curtain is a cosy space for locals to soak up live music in a venue that feels like home.
Level 1, 322 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
One of Brisbane’s newest venues, and Australia’s largest ballroom-style theatre, the Fortitude Music Hall truly takes centre stage when it comes to the best venues in our city. With a 3000 person standing capacity (1200 seated), this gorgeous building pays homage to iconic venues before it’s time; in particular Festival Hall, Cloudland and the Fillmore Philadelphia. With an art deco inspired interior and the most stunning chandelier, this venue is bound to leave a lasting impression.
312 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Modeled on the Paradis Latin in Paris, The Tivoli is one of Brisbane’s most beautiful venues. Retaining much of its original art deco aesthetic, this spacious event space has housed some of Australia’s biggest live music exports, as well as welcoming many international visitors to the stage. Events at the Tivoli can span music, weddings, to immersive theatre experiences - there’s always something on at the Tiv.
52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley
Housed in the underground cellars of the Prince Consort Hotel, Greaser is the perfect mix of grunge, rockabilly and American diner. With an entrance tucked discreetly down an alleyway off Brunswick Street, weave your way inside through the corridor to the exposed brick belly of this historic building. Brisbane’s up and coming bands find their feet with a healthy rotation of new and seasoned talent taking the stage every week… and there’s plenty of room to dance, too.
259 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
With a history of live music across it’s various iterations, the Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage has played host to many local and international acts. Accessible via the refurbished Ivory Tusk, this venue remains unchanged, offering a diverse range of genres from hip hop to hardcore. With state of the art sound and lighting systems, the Mane Stage offers only the best, because live music matters.
633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
An absolute legacy in Brisbane live music, The Zoo has been home to live music since 1992. Independently owned, operated, and booked by females for the past 29 years, this venue has been instrumental in nurturing Brisbane’s local music scene for many years. With a welcoming energy and experienced team of live music experts, it’s no surprise that The Zoo maintains it’s firm foothold in the Brisbane live music industry and will continue to do so, for many years to come.
711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
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