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.
Music pubs by genre
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.