Ever wanted to do the whole ‘dinner and a show’ thing but haven’t had enough dosh for a ticket to New York? Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can experience it all without leaving Melbourne soil. Meet Bird’s Basement, a music and entertainment venue that will bring all your concrete jungle jazz dreams to life!
Tucked in a basement down the appropriately named Singers Lane, Bird’s Basement hosts a range of stellar local and international artists who do their musical thing while you wine and dine. What’s more, Bird’s Basement is partnered with legendary New York jazz institution Birdland, so you know they’re onto a winning formula.
The set-up at Bird’s Basement is uniquely laid-back. Think mouth-watering classic cocktails, an enviable drinks list of local and international wines, and an Italian-influenced food offering that will seriously rock your taste buds. We’re talking pulled beef brisket with quail egg yolk, slow cooked lamb shank, and a delish King George whiting and beetroot salad—yum! You can opt to dine before the show kicks off (doors open an hour and a half beforehand) or feast while watching the show. The waiters are even trained in ‘silent service’! Yep, all you’ll hear is the sweet, smooth sound of jazz.
And it’s the music that really takes centre-stage at this laneway venue. Bird Basement’s artists perform right next to the diners, treating them to an up-close-and-personal show—something you’d be hard pressed to find elsewhere on the Melbourne music scene. Their performers change on the reg so you have every excuse to make it a regular night out (keep an eye on their schedule here). But it’s not all about jazz—the new Tuesday comedy night will have you chuckling all the way into Hump Day.
While Bird’s Basement is a hidden CBD gem, the secret is certainly out. Luckily, guests can book in advance, locking in prime seats for a hot date or a unique evening with your music-lovin’ crew. The best bit? You can enjoy an entire night out under one roof! Because let’s be honest, who really wants to queue for a gig after dinner?
So, whether you’re looking to impress that special someone in your life, hit the nail on the head of corporate entertaining, or simply check out some world-famous talent (and enjoy a delicious dinner while you’re at it), Bird’s Basement is a winner. Just don’t blame us if you leave wishing you stuck at those piano lessons.
Image credit: Griffin Simm