Bars & Pubs

Melbourne’s Best Band & Brew Venues

By Ethan Jenkins
5th Aug 2015

Best-friends are inseparable; a pair so close that not even the last slice of pizza for the taking could divide them. There’s Wayne and Garth, Bert and Ernie, Elwood and Jake Blues, Snoopy and Woodstock… you get the drill. Listers, we’ve found another winning pair that you’ll happily third wheel with. After traversing the town, we have found Melbourne’s Best Band and Brew Venues. Go on! Get out there and support Melbourne’s live music scene!



The old wool store warehouse in Brunswick is the chameleon of venues that caters to the crowds who happen upon Howler. A blend of design, music, theatre, cinema and art, Howler has an extensive gig guide with a beer list to match. Craft brews are kept on high rotation, so there is always something interesting to taste, perhaps their beer of the week?

Foresters Beer Hall


Blues and brews are the order of the day at cracking Melbourne live music venue, Foresters Beer Hall. The Beer Hall boasts 50 taps, which unleash 32 craft beers, and hosts bands playing rockabilly, blues and funk on their elevated stage replete with a 1920’s golden shell. If you’re peckish, there’s pizza fresh from the oven till 2am every night.


Melbourne CBD

Shebeen has found a way to make hangovers feel good. Stop… you still might feel like a jar of mess with a size 6 on the richter scale headache, but that warm fuzzy feeling accompanying your hangover is thanks to Shebeen’s social cause. 100% of the profits of what you drink are sent to that drink’s country of origin. They also host a myriad of gigs in their band room!

The Workers Club


What was formerly known as the iconic Rob Roy Hotel, The Workers Club has lifted the Melbourne live music scene through its support of local artists. The menu gives a tip of its hat to its predecessor with the Rob Roy—a sliced organic steak in a toasted roll with house made relish, lettuce, Swiss cheese, tomato, spring onion and horseradish mayo, served with fries; they also have a noteworthy vegetarian menu. Grab a brew, see a band, and support local music.

The Gasometer


After having some new life breathed into it, The Gasometer’s two-storey band room now has a retractable roof to stargaze whilst you are listening to your favourite stars. The front bar sports an open fireplace, large bucket-style leather stools at the bar and a handful of booths. They’ll have your favourites on tap as well as a selection of micro-brews.

The Espy

St Kilda

An iconic Melbourne pub for live music, The Espy has graced our ears on the scenic St Kilda esplanade for over 100 years. From Australian legends to international stars, the venue has housed them all, with The Gershwin Room playing home to TV show Rockwiz. Enjoy a piece of Australian history with a brew in hand and a band in the ear.

The Corner


No list of Melbourne’s best live music venues would be complete without The Corner. The 800 capacity Richmond pub attracts some of the music scene’s heavyweights with its extensive gig line-up. On the cusp of the CBD next to Richmond station, the accessible venue is a great place to unwind from the week. Enjoy a cold bevvy on the rooftop bar with fully heated indoor and outdoor spots to dine with a picturesque view of the city.  

Northcote Social Club


A breeding ground for Melbourne’s live music scene (and no don’t be gross, I’m not alluding to groupies), most gig-attendees will have fond memories of their favourite bands at this well-loved venue. Northcote Social Club’s 300 capacity band room has served as a grassroots venue for many renowned artists. The pub has both indoor and outdoor dining to enjoy a few brews, with your standards on tap and a good selection of bottled beers, too.

Carters Public House


Tucked away in Northcote’s High Street, don’t let Carters Public House's size fool you. With a beer garden out back and bands playing out the front, this quaint live music venue packs a lot of punch. Try the Belgian Ale on tap or White Rabbit Dark Ale; whatever your drink of choice, Carters Public House is sure to have you on the dance-floor by the end of the night. Which is why it is rightfully closed for recovery on Monday and Tuesday.

The B.East

Brunswick East

Serving up a fine selection of burgers, beers and bands in the heart of Brunswick East is The B.East. Their menu has a burger for every appetite and taste preference, with a great beer selection to match. Where most venues have separated their eating and band room areas, The B.East have combined it into the one convenient location for your enjoyment.   

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Image credit: The Corner Hotel via Facebook

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