Music & Nightlife

Gig guide, live music, festivals, clubbing and going out in Melbourne

Deadly songs about Australia
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Deadly songs about Australia

From the infectious pop of Jessica Mauboy to the hard-hitting activism of Dispossessed, contemporary Indigenous musicians have permeated the Australian music industry with unmistakeable sounds and cultural impact. We asked some of Australia's deadliest musicians and performers to nominate songs they believe make the cut. 

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne
Music

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne

There's really nothing like seeing jazz live – here's where to get your fix

The Espy will re-open as a live music venue after closing two years ago
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The Espy will re-open as a live music venue after closing two years ago

Praise the live music gods: the St Kilda stalwart will rise again!

Where to see live music every night of the week
Music

Where to see live music every night of the week

We've rounded up a list of places around Melbourne to see excellent live music any night of the week

Guide to Melbourne's music scene

The best upcoming gigs and live music
Music

The best upcoming gigs and live music

The Melbourne shows worthy of your hard-earned cash, from local up-and-comers to international superstars

Where to see live music every night of the week
Music

Where to see live music every night of the week

From Monday to Sunday, Melbourne is a music-lover's dream

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
Bars

The best live music pubs in Melbourne

Who doesn't like a beer with their favourite local band? Here's where to go this weekend

The best record stores in Melbourne
Shopping

The best record stores in Melbourne

If you enjoy an earnest rifle through vinyl, have we got the goods for you? Yes, we have

Where to listen to hip-hop in Melbourne
Clubs

Where to listen to hip-hop in Melbourne

Don’t confine your obsession with Drizzy, Jay Z, Kendrick and Nas to your headphones

Your guide to clubbing in Melbourne

The best nightclubs in Melbourne
Clubs

The best nightclubs in Melbourne

Where to party on weeknights
Clubs

Where to party on weeknights

Clubs that stay open all night
Clubs

Clubs that stay open all night

The best Sunday sessions
Bars

The best Sunday sessions

Where to dance to hip-hop
Clubs

Where to dance to hip-hop

Late-night fun in Melbourne

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne
Nightlife

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Your guide to making the most of 24-hour Melbourne – from drinks and dancing to midnight feasts

The best late-night bars in Melbourne
Bars

The best late-night bars in Melbourne

No lockouts here! When you're keen to kick on, consult our guide to classy fun after one

The best late-night eats in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best late-night eats in Melbourne

You're up late. You need a feed. We're not here to judge, we're here to help

How Melbourne became a late-night city
Nightlife

How Melbourne became a late-night city

Our investigation into how we became a city of night owls – and what the future holds for Melbourne's nightlife

The people who keep Melbourne running after dark
Nightlife

The people who keep Melbourne running after dark

We meet the people who work through the night to keep Melbourne ticking, from public transport to police

How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life
Blog

How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life

The Night Network, explained.

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Little Creatures Live
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Little Creatures Live

You might already enjoy their beer – including Pale Ale, Rogers' and Dog Days – but did you know there's a way to take your Little Creatures love a little deeper? This year the brewery is taking their show on the road with a series of parties that feature live performance art, food and beer at various on-premise locations and festivals across Australia. They're calling it Little Creatures Live – inspired by the original moniker of their very first Pale Ale, brewed their own way with fresh hops flowers and live yeast.  Little Creatures Live will be back in Melbourne very soon. Curious as to what to expect? Check out our recaps below. Or if you can't wait, why not pay a visit to Little Creatures' Geelong or Fremantle breweries? 

The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay
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The Perth Hitlist: What to do and where to go on a three or five day stay

It’s the only capital city in Australia where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, but that’s not the only reason Perth is now one of the coolest places to visit. Once known only for its pristine beaches, Perth’s love of food and culture is capturing the attention of tastemakers. Blame it on Instagram or the perfect weather – no one can explain how WA’s capital city made its way onto the international radar – but the latest frenzy of new hotel openings, a statewide culinary scene that is booming and a string of new urban projects may provide some clues. Stay a little longer and you can explore ancient caves and award winning wineries just three hours ‘down south’ around Margaret River. // var axel = Math.random() + ""; var a = axel * 10000000000000; document.write(''); //

Where to try Australia’s best beer in Melbourne
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Where to try Australia’s best beer in Melbourne

White Rabbit’s White Ale has been named the Australian Champion Beer for 2017. Refreshing with just a hint of botanicals such as coriander, bitter orange and juniper berry, it’s no wonder it took out the top prize. The citrus-spiced brew originally came from the lush landscape of Healesville, Victoria and has since settled in its new home in Geelong, the White Rabbit Brewery and Barrel Hall. The White Ale has also managed to find its way into the big smoke, becoming a staple craft beer in bars, pubs and bottle shops in inner city Melbourne. Want to try it out? Head to one of these fine establishments. In the CBD, find your pint of White Ale at Beer DeLuxe and Cookie, otherwise head northside to Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya and Upside Rooftop Bar where you can pair your refreshing ale with some delicious Japanese food. If you're hanging around Windsor, head to the Windsor Alehouse, but the best place to try a White Rabbit White Ale right at the source in the Geelong brewery. 

Comedy's biggest names are coming to Melbourne
Comedy

Comedy's biggest names are coming to Melbourne

Get ready to laugh until you cry Melbourne, because some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to town this spring. Kicking off the tour on August 21 is Rhys Darby, better known as Murray Hewitt from Flight of the Conchords. Darby is returning to Australia with his new show Mystic Time Bird, a hilarious journey through ancient mysticism and personal epiphanies. If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’re probably onboard the My Favourite Murder bandwagon already. True crime and comedy might seem like an odd pairing of genres, but podcast hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark somehow make it work. Catch them present their podcast live on stage in Melbourne on September 8-9 .  Joel McHale will be splitting sides when he comes to Melbourne on September 12. Best known for his dry and snarky performances on The Soup and Community, McHale is coming to Melbourne as part of his first national Australian tour. Often dubbed as France's answer to Jerry Seinfeld, Gad Elmaleh will be performing a one-off show in Melbourne on September 14. It’s hard to find someone with better comedy chops - Elmaleh’s popularity saw him perform sold-out shows in Paris’ Olympia theatre hall for seven consecutive weeks. Want to see America’s 'top partier' in action? Check out Bert Kreischer when he comes to town on September 14. Said to be the inspiration behind Van Wilder, Kreischer’s wildly hilarious stories make him a regular guest on the Joe Rogan Experience and Rachel Ray Show, as well as havin