Your Local Guide to Live Music in Melbourne

From local jazz maestros to international icons of rock; whatever you’re into Melbourne, we’ve got something for you.

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The Workers Club


Beloved in Melbourne (and now Geelong, too), this spacious, well-equipped bar is tailor-made for fantastic live performances. All sorts of acts play here from Perth’s psychedelic rascals Tame Impala to global superstars like Lorde and Slash. The fact that the stage area is big enough for both bands and crowds to do their thing, plus the separate front bar and dining room spaces, simply adds to the impressive scope. Find out more

“I went here last night to see Ron Pope play, and sat in the bar for about an hour beforehand. Service at the bar was good. I didn’t eat, but everything on the menu looked really good. Will go back and check out the food some time.” – she’llbeeating

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Prince of Wales Bandroom

St Kilda

A true stalwart of the city, the Prince Bandroom has been hosting live music for over 60 years and counting. Combining top hospitality with the uncanny ability to snap up big-name stars, this venerable pub has previously played host to Lenny Kravitz, Jack Johnson, Scissor Sisters, Ben Harper, Pink, Coldplay, and Goldfrapp. Swish! Find out more

“Great place for a drink with mates! Love the bar downstairs and the atmosphere. Occasionally go upstairs, but spend most of the time at the downstairs bar with lot going on weekend. love the music as well. Top Place.” – FootyDave

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John Curtin Hotel


Rarely a night goes by when the John Curtin Bandroom isn’t heaving to its full 300-person capacity, and that’s not just because of their rocking gig schedule. Recently refurbished and looking very slick, this venue’s a regular haunt for indie rock and pop artists nationwide. There’s also a free jazz night on Mondays. Find out more

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Yarra Hotel


This decorative little pub is co-owned by Mick Thomas of Aussie folk rockers “Weddings, Parties, Anything”, and so (naturally) it features cutting-edge live music most nights. On top of that, the huge range of David Bowie-themed burgers on offer right now is a fittingly sumptuous tribute to the great man. They claim the ‘Life on Mars’ is the ultimate cheeseburger, and they might just be right.Find out more

“The decor is lovely, lots of interesting pieces hidden in the nooks and crannies and the kids had a ball running around in the back beer garden where we sat. I will definitely be back whenever I am in Melbourne and really hope the locals will support this great place, which even though extensively renovated, has lost none of it’s original charm.” – Melbells

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Ruby’s Music Room


Come with us on a journey to the heart of New Orleans, or at least as close as you can get without actually leaving Melbourne. Ruby’s is a sultry, Big Easy-style jazz bar named after the founder’s dog – a faithful kelpie who was big into jazz, classical opera and world music. So, if you share Ruby’s fine tastes, then her eponymous bar is the place for you! Grab a Corona and settle in for the show. Find out more

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Yah Yah’s


You want rock? We got all kinds of rock! We got surf rock, punk rock, garage rock, noise rock… the list goes on. Yep, Yah Yah’s is Brisbane’s premier late night rock bar, where the beer flows freely and loudness is a way of life. Stroll in, sink a pint of the signature Young & Lazy lager, and prepare to have your eardrums blasted (in the very best way, of course). Find out more

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