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Best Venues to Catch Live Music in Melbourne

Such is the depth and quality of Melbourne’s live music scene that every day of the week, month, and year there are dozens of gigs happening all over the city. From intimate performances to full scale concerts, these are the best places to dance to either an old favourite or the next big thing.

Corner Hotel

The Corner is a tried and true icon of Melbourne’s live music scene. With a history stretching back to the 40s, they’ve hosted everyone from indie acts to global rock superstars, including Mick Jagger, The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age. These days, it’s got a slick new rooftop, but the real drawcard is still their high-voltage bandroom. Watch out for Young Franco (23 Nov), British India (20 Dec) and Bishop Briggs (8 Jan).

57 Swan St, Richmond

Prince Bandroom

One of St Kilda’s most dependable party spots, this nightclub-slash-concert-venue is equally at home hosting indie bands, international rock legends, EDM stars, and hip-hop up and comers. Grab a round of tacos at the downstairs cantina, then it’s jackets off to get rowdy. Appearing soon are The Coronas (22 Nov) and Oddisee and Good Compny (29 Nov).

29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

The Gasometer Hotel

Regularly reaching their 350-or-so person capacity, the Gasometer’s the place to go for a proper party. They’ve got a retractable roof so on hot summer nights you can dance under the stars, whether from the DF or up on the mezzanine level. A December highlight will be Polish Club (Dec 15).

484 Smith St, Collingwood

Cherry Bar

Appropriately located on AC/DC Lane, Cherry’s stage may be small, but its impact is loud. You’ll hear everything from rock, pop, techno, funk and punk, with entry often free or cheap. It’s open until the small hours every night of the week – there’s no such thing as a school night here.

AC/DC Lane, Melbourne

The Paris Cat Jazz Club

Star in your own version of Midnight in Paris with a visit to Paris Cat, which will transport you to the French jazz bars of the 20s and 30s without a toe stepped outside the CBD. Hidden down an alleyway (of course), it might take you a while to find but you’ll be rewarded with cosy, candlelit rooms and intimate performances of swing, soul, blues, bebop and funk four nights a week.

6 Goldie Place, Melbourne

Northcote Social Club

Nearing 15 years strong, NSC is a key player in Melbourne’s local indie scene. It’s the kind of place where one week you’ll catch an international act and the next drop in and discover your new favourite band. Coming up are Kira Piru (6 Dec), Nyxen (18 Jan) and Butch Walker (25 Jan), although just as good are their Monday Night Mass series, which sees a free three-band gig accompanied by discount parmas and jugs.

301 High Street, Northcote

The Reverence Hotel

Doubly loved for its Mexican-inspired vegan pub food and its live music pedigree, this Footscray favourite is a laidback local’s spot that also happens to have a bandroom playing host to a stacked calendar of heavy rock, death metal and punk bands. Serving burritos with a side of head-thrashing, it’s a one-of-a-kind place that’s helped turn the west into a destination

28 Napier St, Footscray

The Jazzlab

Despite having space for over 200, The Jazzlab maintains a focused, intimate atmosphere. Possibly Melbourne’s most prestigious jazz venue, it’s open every night of the week. Here, you’ll see local and international musicians at the top of their game, with as many classics as avante-garde, boundary-pushing performances.

27 Leslie St, Brunswick


Behind a carpark by the train tracks isn’t where you’d expect to find a place like Howler, an old woolshed turned into a warehouse bar with trees and plants hanging from every corner. Out the back they play host to a lively lineup of indie, electronic and artsy acts – soon to drop in are Chicago rapper Saba (29 Nov), Montero (13 Dec) and Japanese Wallpaper (16 Dec).

Dawson St, Brunswick

Palais Theatre

For something a little fancier, catch a show within the hallowed walls of this 1920s art deco theatre. Fresh from a $26 million restoration that’s zhuzhed up everything from the red carpet up to the magnificent dome ceiling, this beloved venue is the cultural heart of St Kilda and its home for live music. Coming up are Reggie Watts (25 Nov), Hanson (27 Feb) and Rita Ora (1 March).

Lower Esplanade and Cavell St, St Kilda