Best Live Music Venues in Northcote 2018

Holly Leszczynski

Catch great bands in Melbourne’s live music hub!

Northcote is one of Melbourne’s most cultural suburbs, bringing together an array of musicians, artists and young families. Approximately 7km from the city, Northcote is home to an impressive selection of innovative eateries, retailers and live music venues.

Heading to Northcote? We’ve selected some of the suburb’s best venues to see live music so that you can plan your next night out. Whether you’re interested in jazz, indie, funk or blues, we’ve found something for everyone to enjoy.


Northcote Social Club

301 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Northcote Social Club has it all: beer, pub food and of course, great live music. Open every day of the week, this High Street venue is the perfect destination for a night out. Established in 2004, Northcote Social Club has become an iconic spot for the indie-music scene in Melbourne. Their menu features modern twists on classic pub food, also offering vegetarian options. Head along on Tuesdays for a quiz night, Thursdays for Steak night or Fridays between 5pm and 7pm for happy hour. To catch bands such as Bleeding Knees Club, WAAX, Press Club and Baker Boy, get down to Northcote Social Club!


Open Studio

204 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Serving as a venue and licensed creperie, Open Studio is a unique spot to catch some great live music in Northcote. Proudly hosting more than 43 music events every months, this venue is perfect for lovers of funk, jazz, blues and of course, crepes! Serving delicious sweet and savoury crepes until late, you and your friends are sure to be left satisfied. Operating for over 11 years, Open Studio is a fun pick for your night out in Northcote.


Musician playing guitar in Northcote, Melbourne


303 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

303 (three-oh-three) is a quirky, casual venue, regularly hosting eclective live acts and film nights. Consisting of the front bar and the band room, 303 has supported Melbourne’s live music scene since its inception in 2000. Focussing on quality over extravagance, this venue is perfect for a laidback night out. Featuring artists from a range of genres and open daily until 3am, 303 is one to check out next time you’re in Northcote.


The Purple Emerald Lounge Bar

349 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Having relocated from Flinders Lane after 16 years, The Purple Emerald Lounge Bar now calls Northcote home. Renowned for fantastic live funk and soul music, this vintage inspired cocktail spot is a great place to see live bands. Sticking to their roots despite the location change, Purple Emerald has retained their rustic charm that made them one of Melbourne’s iconic hidden gems. Offering a 6 page cocktail menu and tapas until late, you can’t go wrong with this Northcote venue. Featuring an outdoor area and secret garden, you’re bound to be enchanted by the Purple Emerald. Open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and available to book for your next function, be sure to check them out!


Wesley Anne

250 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Another High Street addition, Wesley Anne is a bar and restaurant housed in a former church. One of Melbourne’s prettiest and oldest pubs, this charming, iconic venue hosts live music almost every night of the week. Featuring a main bar, band room and beer garden, you’re sure to find a spot to suit your mood. Offering a range of cocktails and beer on tap, Wesley Anne’s menu also includes pies, gnocchi and risotto (plus a bunch of vegan options). Displaying a diverse range of musical talent, this live music venue is one to check out next time you’re in Northcote.


Musician singing in Northcote, Melbourne

24 Moons

2 Arthurton Rd, Northcote VIC 3070

Relocating from Melbourne’s inner city, 24 Moons has found its new home in Northcote. Having built their reputation on great service, delicious cocktails and amazing entertainment, their move certainly hasn’t dampened the spirit of this unique venue. 24 Moons has previously hosted an array of international artists, burlesque performances, comedy shows, dance parties and a plethora of live bands. Open until 5am on Saturdays, this is the perfect late night spot in Northcote.


There you have it, the best live music venues in Northcote! Want more live music? Check out our live music packages for your next event or venue!



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