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Match your music tastes to your perfect pub

Head to these pubs for a good time, whatever genre of music you prefer
Live band at The Curtin
Photograph: Tiffany Palermo
By Rebecca Russo |

We're a lucky bunch when it comes to live music in Melbourne's pubs. But with the array of venues that Melbourne has, it's often hard to find a pub with the right ~vibe~ for you and your mates. That's why we decided to play a little game of Perfect Match to match your music taste with your perfect pub. 

If you're in the mood to further explore some pubs, have a gander at our guide to Melbourne's 50 best pubs or our guide to the best live music pubs in Melbourne. 

Music pubs by genre

Bars, Pubs

If you like: Rock

icon-location-pin Coburg

Go to: Post Office Hotel, Coburg

The Post Office Hotel has been booking a killer roster of rock bands for years, from the shiny electric driven to the dirty overdrive-ridden. Music is always part of the equation here, and you can take it in live in the front bar on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday arvos.

Fitzroy Pinnacle building
Photograph: Rebecca Newman

If you like: Jazz

icon-location-pin Fitzroy North

Go to: Fitzroy Pinnacle, Fitzroy North

The Pinnacle is more like a cosy lounge room than a music venue. Here, you can catch live music several nights a week; often jazz, funk, country or blues. The Pinn is no frills – just couch-dwelling jazz fans hunkering down for a chilled-out sesh.

Live band at The Curtin
Photograph: Tiffany Palermo
Bars, Pubs

If you like: Heavy Metal

icon-location-pin Collingwood

Go to: The Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood

This champion of live music is a stronghold for Melbourne’s hard rockers. It’s here at the Bendigo the gods of metal preside, with the Bendi stage home to a constant line-up of shows so loud you hear the thrashing and screaming ringing in your ears for days.


If you like: Electronica

icon-location-pin St Kilda

Go to: Prince of Wales, St Kilda

One of the most successful and interesting iterations of “pub” in town, the Prince is one of the last places on the southside that local and international acts can do their thing. Prepare to get sweaty as the best in trance, dance, electronica and everything in between hit the corner stage.


If you like: Indie

icon-location-pin Carlton

Go to: The John Curtin Hotel, Carlton

The John Curtin Hotel has this uncanny ability to book ace young bands that go on to bigger things. If you want to exude some serious “I saw them before they were cool” vibes, hitting the Curtin’s sparkly upstairs bandroom for a powerhouse set is a must.


Want more live music?

White Hex gig at the Curtin
Photograph: Phoebe Powell
Music, Music venues

Where to see live music every night of the week in Melbourne

Melbourne is the musician's dream city: there's a vibrant independent music scene, and our live venues have become launching pads for bands and solo artists alike. As music fans, it also means we're spoiled for choice. We've rounded up a list of places to see excellent live music any night of the week. 

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