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Fridays at the Night Cat

The stage is smack bang in the middle of the room, but luckily the jazz, funk and roots acts are consistently captivating. Wind down on a Friday with some smoking jams. Fitzroy.

The Public Bar

Since being revived, the Public Bar is back to its roaring self. While the Queen Vic Night Market is on, the pub is opening for free. Expect unkempt beards, rock’n’roll, cheap beer and sticky carpet. North Melbourne.

The Esplanade Hotel

On any given night, there will probably be a free gig at the Espy, as only the minority are ticketed. With a constant flow of bands of every genre revolving through their doors, you might catch a gem on a night out at St Kilda’s iconic (yeah, we said it) pub. St Kilda.

Acoustica at the City Library

Twice a month, musicians put on an hour-long concert. Running the gamut from jazz to bluegrass, guests have included John O’Hagan (past musical director of Circus Oz) and Biddy Connor with friends playing viola, cello and bowed saws. Melbourne.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl free concerts

Throughout February, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will be putting on free shows at the Music Bowl. Melbourne.

 

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