While there's suggestion of the live music scene in other cities dying, Melbourne's continues to flourish. And let's face it, who doesn't like a beer with their favourite local band?
Top pub picks for music lovers
One of the most successful and interesting iterations of “pub” in town, the Prince provides one of the last spots in St Kilda for local, national and international acts to do their thing. In a part of town where most people would rather be clubbing, we’re glad the Prince is keeping it real.
More than anything, this quirky old pub is cherished for music. The dining room out back features a rickety old stage and doubles as music hall for headline gigs. On weeknights, you’re more likely to see the magic happening up front, as killer blues bands rock out right next to the bar.
The Reverence is a church where live music is the religion and the doors are open to any and all who seek its comfort. Because far from the fundamentalist worship of rock, the Rev plays host to a staggering variety of local, national and international acts of every flavour from tango to trance.
Since a major overhaul in 2013, the Yarra has gone from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Weddings Parties Anything linchpin Mick Thomas. The front room is a shrine to music, with week-long residencies from some of Melbourne best musicians plus free live gigs most nights of the week.