The 6 Best Places for Blues Music in Melbourne
The Blues is Alive and Well in Melbourne
As one of the most historically rich musical genres and the foundation for all that followed, blues music has been loved and enjoyed for generations. Influential blues artists like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Ray Charles are revered the world over, their talent and influence transcending the confines of genre and style, continuing to make a name for blues, long after their departure from the physical world.
Looking for a place to see some live blues music in Melbourne? We’ve put together a list of the six best places for blues in the city! Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated dinner and a show, a community driven musical celebration or a truly unique experience, we’re certain you will find something to suit you.
Paris Cat Jazz Club
6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Although established as a jazz club, Paris Cat regularly plays host to a variety of talented blues artists. This venue has played a vital role in Melbourne’s arts culture for over 10 years and is a well respected institution. Situated in a three-storey warehouse and featuring multiple rooms, Paris Cat is one for the sophisticated music lover. Offering local wines and delicious cocktails, this venue is the perfect spot to enjoy live blues music. Hosting artists such as The Hottentots, Tamara Culdin, Frances Madden and Greg Gould, Paris Cat is definitely worth a look.
This intimate venue is open from 7pm Wednesday through to Saturday and takes reservations for the basement showroom (Bob Dylan has visited here) and group bookings for the private, exclusive Gallery room. The Paris Cat also offers a tapas bar menu, featuring calzones, meatballs and pizza. Be sure to check them out for some great blues music next time you’re in the city!
11 Singers Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Also more commonly known as a jazz club, Bird’s Basement is a prime spot to catch some of Melbourne’s best blues music. Following the model established by New York’s Birdland (a ‘dinner and a show’ style jazz venue named after Charlie ‘the Bird’ Parker), Bird’s Basement is focussed on providing an intimate concert and dining experience in Melbourne’s CBD. Located in Singers Lane, Bird’s plays host to a variety of incredible local and international blues artists. The setup is laid back and artists perform right next to diners, enhancing the intimate atmosphere.
Bird’s Basement offers an impressive food menu for those wanting the full ‘dinner and a show’ experience. With meals consisting of steak, duck, snapper and roast pumpkin, there is something to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. If you’re in the city and looking for some of Melbourne’s best blues music, you can’t go past Bird’s Basement!
Hume Blues Club
19 Harding St, Coburg VIC 3058
Established in 2014 with the intent to fulfil the need for a Northern suburbs blues venue, Hume Blues Club is a not for profit live music spot in Coburg. Open Thursday nights, thanks to the generosity of the Coburg Football Club, the Blues Club aims to imitate the vibe of venues in Memphis. They provide an inviting space for blues lovers and musicians to come together, dance, converse and enjoy each other’s company, as well as some fantastic blues music of course. All blues musicians wishing to participate in the weekly jam sessions are more than welcome and are invited to bring their friends along.
Hume Blues Club also offers food by Bluestone American BBQ and a bar serving a variety of drinks. For a cosy atmosphere, community spirit and great blues music, check out Hume Blues Club.
Transit Rooftop Bar
Level 2, Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Conveniently located in Federation square, opposite Flinders Street Station, Transit Rooftop Bar is the perfect destination to have a drink and enjoy some great live blues music in Melbourne. Every Friday and Saturday night, the bar is brought to life by a mix of talented blues, jazz and soul artists, the perfect accompaniment to your after work drinks or Saturday night festivities. Situated 10 metres above ground, you’ll have an amazing view of Melbourne’s city skyscape, a stunning addition to the 1930s themed interior of the bar.
Renowned for their delicious cocktails, Transit Rooftop Bar is the go to late night spot in the city. With a capacity of 230 people, Transit is the perfect place to hold your next function. Your guests are sure to be impressed! Make sure you check them out next time you’re in the city.
The Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat
Central Pier, 14 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands VIC 3008
For something a little different, The Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat is a unique place to see some fantastic live blues music. Departing from Central Pier, Docklands, the cruise will take you past some of Melbourne’s most exclusive bars, clubs and marinas, showcasing the beautiful city skyline. Hop on the Blues Brothers Boat Party for three and a half hours of impressive blues performances, paying tribute to the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. Try the Blues Cruise to see some award winning blues artists and enjoy delicious food and drinks.
From Docklands to Williamstown, Port Melbourne and St Kilda, The Lady Cutler Melbourne Showboat will take you on an unforgettable journey while you sit back, relax and soak up the sounds of the blues. For a unique musical experience, be sure to check out the Showboat.
The Night Cat
137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Considered a Fitzroy institution, The Night Cat regularly features impressive live blues, funk, reggae and jazz acts, frequently offering free gigs. With it’s boudoir of a band room, The Night Cat has an almost inimitable vibe that lends to the feel of the venue. Red-lit and stage positioned in the centre, this place is a prime spot to catch some brilliant blues music.
With its distinct decor and large open space, The Night Cat is a truly unique venue that blues lovers are sure to appreciate. Conveniently located on Johnston Street and open every weekend, hit up the Night Cat to see some great blues music in Melbourne!
Those are our picks for the 6 best places for blues music in Melbourne! Want more live music? Check out our live music packages for your next event or venue!