As every cash-strapped music lover knows, there's only so long you can get by with cranking up the speakers at home and pretending you're at a gig. Instead, lace up your boots and head out to one of these pubs, clubs or bars where rocking out or dancing won't cost you a cent. Next time pay day rolls around, see where you can see live music every night of the week or buy tickets to a show at one of the city's best live music pubs.
Cheap entertainment in Melbourne
This Fitzroy club has had a change of ownership recently and no longer plays almost exclusively Latin jazz and live Cuban music. These days the late-night venue hosts queer nights including Closet and Spank, as well as Melbourne’s newest electronic acts and fun funk bands. Entry is free unless a special event or a gig is on.
This Prahran club has really nailed their niche club night themes. No nostalgic theme has been left unturned, from Buffy to 2000s RnB. There are also the occasional timely themed nights paying homage to the likes of Queen Bey to Odd Future, so there’s definitely something for all tastes. Make sure you dress on theme, there are often always prizes for best dressed.
If you want to feel like you’ve gone back in time to your high school formal, go to the Curtin on a Saturday night. The gold streamer curtains behind the stage always give performances a nostalgic feel, plus they consistently book ace young bands that often go on to bigger things.