Is there a southside pub that is as Melbourne, as rock'n'roll and as late-night rowdy (in the best possible way) than the Espy? After years of being closed, St Kilda's rock pub is back and holding onto its musical roots. The basement has live music every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and it's always local and free. Plenty of huge names (and up and comers) also play the Gershwin Room and other upstairs venues, and there are bargains to be had.
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 take a huge chunk out of your bank account.
Next time payday 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.