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Melbourne is truly blessed in the live music stakes. Here are a few of our favourites

The Curtin

Any given night of the week, one Australia’s best rock, indie pop or songwriter acts will be playing in the John Curtin’s 300-person capacity upstairs band room. Top it off with a pint of sweet and malty Barrow Boys lager and a Huxtaburger (now occupying the kitchen) and you’ve got Melbourne pub gold. Carlton.

Prince of Wales Hotel

One of the most successful and interesting iterations of “pub” in town, the Prince provides one of the last spots in St Kilda for local, national and international acts to do their thing. In a part of town where most people would rather be clubbing, we’re glad the Prince is keeping it real. St Kilda.

Retreat Hotel

More than anything, this quirky old pub is cherished for music. The dining room out back features a rickety old stage and doubles as music hall for headline gigs. On weeknights, you’re more likely to see the magic happening up front, as killer blues bands rock out right next to the bar. Brunswick.

The Reverence Hotel

The Reverence is a church where live music is the religion and the doors are open to any and all who seek its comfort. Because far from the fundamentalist worship of rock, the Rev plays host to a staggering variety of local, national and international acts of every flavour from tango to trance. Footscray.

Yarra Hotel

Since a major overhaul in 2013, the Yarra has gone from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Weddings Parties Anything linchpin Mick Thomas. The front room is a shrine to music, with week-long residencies from some of Melbourne best musicians plus free live gigs most nights of the week. Abbotsford.

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Updated on 29 Jun 2015.

By Fred Siggins   |  
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