9 Must-Visit Venues for Live Music Lovers in Melbourne

2 February 6th, 2023
It's Time to Uncover Melbourne's Thriving Music Scene

Melbourne is renowned for its thriving music scene, with plenty of venues offering live music both during the day and at night. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back brunch spot or a lively club, there’s something for everyone. Here are 9 of the best venues for live music in Melbourne to put on your rotation.

Hotel Esplanade

Also known as The Espy, this venue is a Melbourne icon and a must-visit for live music lovers, day or night. Get lost in the abundance of different bars and secret rooms, soak up the rich history and views of Port Phillip Bay. The Espy has your live music needs covered with weekly line-ups so good you’ll never have to go anywhere else.

College Lawn Hotel

Get your Sunday started on a high note with live music from 2pm in this lively venue nestled in the back streets Prahran.


Get ready to dance the night away with DJ’s every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. With its funky decor and electric atmosphere, Kewpie is the perfect place to let loose in Fitzroy.

Richmond Club Hotel

Find this pumping pub in the heart of Richmond – it’s the place to be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Add live music to keep you going, cold beers and great vibes, it’s the perfect spot to sip away an afternoon.

Sarah Sands Hotel

Friday and Saturday nights at this newly renovated pub are always a good idea, especially when you add local artists to the mix to keep you grooving all night long. Add this pub to your Brunswick rotation, your won’t be dissapointed.

The Terminus Hotel

Head over to this neighborhood favourite in Abbotsford because The Termo Sunday sessions is where it’s at. Live Music from 2pm with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

The Bridge Hotel

Get ready for a Sunday session with live music from 4pm. This venue is perfect for those who love to have a good time in the central location of Richmond.

The Smith

Brunch is ALWAYS a good idea and this Prahran icon has your Saturday and Sundays covered. The crowd favourite Gospel brunch on Saturdays is your go-to and the perfect way to kick-start your weekend. Or swing into Drag Brunch Sundays for your sassiest pick-me-up, full of energy, good food and tasty cocktails!

Village Belle Hotel

With a killer DJ line-up every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, The Belle is your late night hot-spot in the centre of St Kilda.

You can’t go wrong with a night out at any of these venues. With live music and great vibes, you’re sure to have a fantastic time no matter which one you choose. So, whether you’re looking for a brunch spot with live music or a night club with a lively atmosphere, these venues have got you covered. Get ready for an unforgettable experience in Melbourne’s vibrant music scene.

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