Best Live Music Venues in Thornbury 2018

Holly Leszczynski

An Up and Coming Live Music Hub

An inner suburb of Melbourne, just 7km from the CBD, Thornbury is the perfect mix of bohemian and modern, thriving from recent gentrification. Home to an impressive selection of delicious eateries, quirky retailers and great live music venues, Thornbury is quickly becoming one of Melbourne’s coolest suburbs. The perfect place to catch some fantastic local and international bands, we’ve put together a list of some of the best live music venues in Thornbury for you to check out next time you’re in town! Whether you prefer a classic pub vibe, a dive bar or elegant theatre, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste.

Check out our picks for the best live music venues in Thornbury!


The Thornbury Local

635 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

With a big focus on community and diversity, The Thornbury Local is a great place to enjoy some fantastic pub food, a warm atmosphere and impressive live music. Featuring two levels, a function room, a full kitchen, an upstairs balcony and two courtyards, The Thornbury Local has it all. Check them out on Wednesdays for open mic night, or, enjoy great live music all weekend long! This venue is the perfect place to have some dinner, see a band or two and make new friends!


Farouk’s Olive

711 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

Conveniently located on High Street, Farouk’s Olive is musician owned and focussed on providing an intimate space to showcase brilliant acoustic artists from around the world. Hosting live music most nights of the week, Farouk’s Olive is dedicated to encouraging a community of music lovers. Serving European wines and beers and quirky cocktails, this venue is certainly one to check out next time you’re in Thornbury.


Musician playing guitar in Thornbury, Melbourne

The Croxton

607 High Street, Thornbury VIC 3071

Operating solely as a live music venue, there is no better place for live music in Thornbury. Conveniently located on the 86 tram line and offering a 300 space car park opposite the venue, there is no excuse not to check out this venue. The Croxton is a fully accessible venue which features a 14 metre wide stage, not to mention $7 pints and a full bar menu on gig nights. Having booked the likes of The Smith Street Band, Smash Mouth, Jake Bugg, The Jungle Giants and The Temper Trap, The Croxton is definitely worth checking out!


Swamplands Bar

744 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

Originally called Tago Mago, Swamplands Bar was born out of two music lovers desire to cater to the ever-increasing music and arts scene in Thornbury. Offering live music and food, this venue is a classic dive bar, hosting bands six nights a week. Featuring specialty nights such as Western Wednesdays and Sundays @ Swamplands, this bar is a fun choice for a night out in Thornbury.


Crowd enjoying live music in Thornbury, Melbourne

The Thornbury Theatre

859 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

Hosting an array of local and international artists, The Thornbury Theatre is a regal auditorium from the 1920s, also offering on-site dining. This impressive venue has played host to a variety of live musicians, shows and theatrical performances since its inception in 1926. As one of the only venues in Melbourne offering dinner and a show, Thornbury Theatre is the perfect spot to enjoy a unique night out. Easily accessed by the 86 tram line, check them out next time you’re looking for live music in Thornbury.


Lentil As Anything

562-564 High St, Thornbury VIC 3071

Our last addition to this list is slightly different to the rest. Lentil As Anything is a unique dining experience which requires customers to pay what they think the food is worth. This not-for-profit vegetarian restaurant is adamant about sharing the gift of music, allowing talented artists to busk for the Lentil As Anything community. With a focus on self-expression, joy, connection, generosity and the betterment of humanity, this organisation is passionate about inviting musicians who share this philosophy to play for patrons. Be sure to check out Lentil As Anything next time you’re in Thornbury, not only for some delicious food, but to show support for some of Melbourne’s most talented and passionate musicians.


Those are our picks for the best live music venues in Thornbury! Looking for more live music? Check out our live music packages for your next event or venue.


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