Music & Nightlife

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

Melbourne Zoo Twilights announces a killer line-up
Blog

Melbourne Zoo Twilights announces a killer line-up

Warpaint, The Specials, The Rubens, Kurt Vile and lots more

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Friday Nights at the NGV
Art

Friday Nights at the NGV

Blockbuster exhibitions with a spot of rock 'n' roll

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Sugar Mountain is back in January

Sugar Mountain is back in January

A ridiculously cool line-up of international and local bands and DJs, plus mind-bending visual art

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Interview: Angel Olsen
Music

Interview: Angel Olsen

This singer-songwriter isn’t interested in being pigeonholed as "the sad girl who sings folk songs"

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Your guide to clubbing in Melbourne

The best nightclubs in Melbourne
Clubs

The best nightclubs in Melbourne

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Where to party on weeknights
Clubs

Where to party on weeknights

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Clubs that stay open all night
Clubs

Clubs that stay open all night

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The best Sunday sessions
Bars

The best Sunday sessions

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Where to dance to hip-hop
Clubs

Where to dance to hip-hop

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

The Night Network, explained.

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Drink to spring at Loretta's
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Drink to spring at Loretta's

Loretta's has shaken off the Melbourne chill and welcomed spring with a new cocktail menu to accompany the warmer(ish) month. Ex-Eau de Vie head bartender Oscar Eastman, who now heads Loretta's in Fitzroy North, has devised a beautiful cocktail menu inspired by the concept 'Tabloid Nightmare' – the demise of print media.  Taste test cocktails like Pulque-mon Go: a fragrant mix of Calle 23 Tequila, horchata, chamomile, honey and Sierra Nevada Cactus and grapefruit Gose beer that uses the tart beer to balance the cocktail. There are plenty more interesting flavour combinations in the rest of the menu, and many more to come when the summer cocktail menu comes out in a few months for post-Edinburgh Gardens sessions. If cocktails aren't for you, the Loretta's team also know a great whisky (or whiskey) when they see one, with plenty of American options alongside classics from the Scottish isles. Hungry? Bluebonnet Barbecue is serving up smoky meats cooked low-and-slow from Loretta's neighbouring kitchen, so you won't have to go far for some sustenance.   

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Coburg Night Market
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Coburg Night Market

Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010.  Every Friday night from November 25 to December 16, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. Run by Moreland City Council, over 30 food vendors including Cypriot Kitchen, Bun Cornidios and Perla Tacos, Indigenous Street Feast and Babaji’s Kitchen will be dishing up delicious street food at the weekly night market. There will be vegan, vegetarian and halal-friendly options available too.  Much like the food available, music and entertainment have also been sourced from Melbourne's global communities. Each Friday, the night market will present a different style and sound, from 1950s harmonies by local band Bobby and the Pins, Latin beats from Mariachi Los Romanticos, and roaming bands like Uptown Brown and The Whoopee Project, and Cyclo Illuminato.  The market has been scheduled before Christmas, giving shoppers a great chance to pick up some artisanal gifts. 

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Open up your night with the Night Network
Things to do

Open up your night with the Night Network

Melbourne is fast becoming a 24-hour city: you can eat out at great restaurants at 1am, see late-night shows, and dance until 4am, then catch public transport home on the weekend. Whether you're burning the midnight oil at work, celebrating a special occasion in the city, or simply experiencing everything Melbourne has to offer until the wee hours, you can now stay out late without having to worry about finding your way home with the Night Network. The Night Network trial provides train, tram, bus and coach services to Melbourne and regional Victoria all night on Fridays and Saturdays. You can open up your night with services including the Night Trains, which run direct to and from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse. If you're heading in or out of the inner-city areas, Night Trams run every 30 minutes on routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96, and 109. Night Buses operate on 21 routes covering other parts of the city, some departing every 30 minutes from the CBD, and others connecting with trains at suburban stations.  Live further out from Melbourne's city centre? Leave the car at home and trust the Night Network to get you home safely with Night Coaches, departing at 2am from Southern Cross Station's Coach Terminal to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon. With public transport running around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, late night dwellers and night workers clocking off in the early hours can depend o

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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel
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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel

Head out west this Christmas where The Station hotel will be serving a three-course feast. Open throughout the festive season, the Station Hotel's Christmas Day feast will feature the pub's famous steaks (available in scotch, rostbiff and porterhouse), traditional ham and turkey with all the trimmings, and roast pork loin with your favourite Christmas sides like chat potatoes, gravy and apple sauce.  Save room for the Christmas pudding and brandy anglaise sauce at the end, or a fresh summer berry parfait is you prefer something tangy. Lunch seatings are available from 11.30am and 2pm. Bookings are essential, $110pp adults and $35pp kids. 

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