There’s no better way to spend your day than sitting back with a cool beer and listening to some equally cool tunes. Brisbane’s got some pretty good acts spread throughout the city – just follow us and we’ll show you the way!
Snuggled away in Brunswick Street Mall, Black Bear Lodge is the current incarnation of the famous Troubadour. It’s rocking a very swanky ‘60s Alpine chalet’ vibe, and the front stage features a variety of free-entry casual residencies on weekends. ‘Happy Campers’ on Sundays also stars some of Brisbane’s best songwriters, so be sure take a peek! Find out more
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Saddle up, fellas! It’s time ride on down to the grand old Baroona Labor Hall, where a certain honkey-tonk saloon bar currently plies its goodly trade. Settle in for some smooth country twangs, classic carney hijinks and enough whiskey to fuel a space shuttle. The famous whiskey and apple juice concoctions in particular are a definite must try. Find out more
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Ooh a moody LA dive bar? That’s how we like it! Blues is, of course, on the agenda, but you can also expect a hearty dose of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and even a monthly ska night. There’s more than just music though. Sonny’s is a sultry, seductive sort of place with a penchant for classic cocktails (the Blue Lagoon is simply marvellous) and tantalising Mexican grub. Find out more
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The impossibly cool Brooklyn Standard was voted ‘Australia’s Best Live Music Bar 2015’ at the Australian Bar Awards. This New York basement-style venue has live bands playing every night from 7:30pm, and is an absolute must for any self-respecting fans of blues, funk, soul and rockabilly. The pretzels are also sublime, and the ‘Zombie’ cocktail goes down very well indeed. Find out more
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In its 23rd year and still going strong, the Zoo in Fortitude Valley doesn’t mess around when it comes to rocking out. With its effortlessly cool dive bar vibe and long history hosting acts like The Pixies, Nick Cave, Silverchair, Regurgitator, Powderfinger and oodles more, this venue has truly earned its badge of honour as cult music hotspot. If you’re serious about live music, The Zoo is a place you definitely want to check out! Find out more
The Zoo has existed for as long as I can remember. It is one of Brisbane’s best venues. Great deals on vodka and red bull. – Dr Green