Best Live Music Venues in Fitzroy 2018
Explore Melbourne’s Coolest Suburb
Just a few minutes out of the Melbourne CBD, Fitzroy is one of the cities coolest suburbs. A hub for all things artsy and alternative, it is the perfect spot to catch some great live music. Littered amongst the various art galleries, studios, vintage clothing stores, bookshops and record stores are a plethora of bars, pubs and venues showcasing the best musical talents that the country (and the world) has to offer. With gigs happening every night of the week, there is always something to see, no matter your taste in genre or style.
Located north of the city, Fitzroy has managed to retain its creative edge during a time of gentrification and a growing population, thanks to the dedication and persistence of local businesses, eager to hold on to the things that make them so special. Easily accessed by tram, Fitzroy is the place to be for live music.
The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Conveniently located on the corner of Brunswick Street (one of Melbourne’s most vibrant streets) and Gertrude Street, The Workers Club is a lively, modern pub that has provided Melburnians and visitors with great food and impressive live music since 2009. Although generally unchanged on the outside, the inside has been modernised and made comfortable, featuring two bars, a courtyard, dining room and a band room that holds up to 260 people. Easily accessed on the 86 Tram and open everyday 12pm - 1am (4pm - 1am on Mondays), The Workers Club has booked the likes of Mallrat, WAAX, These New South Wales and Velvet Archers. This is easily one of the best live music venues in Fitzroy.
The Old Bar
74-76 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Situated on Johnston Street, The Old Bar is one of Fitzroy’s most classic live music venues. Describing themselves as “old-school”, this venue has a lot to offer, hosting live music of varying genres every night of the week. Also offering specialty events including art exhibitions and knitting nights, The Old Bar sets itself apart from other venues. Open every day of the week from 2pm - 3am, they have booked the likes of The Bennies, Bones and Jones, Hachiku and A. Swayze & The Ghosts.
137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Also located on Johnston Street, The Nightcat has become a Fitzroy institution, frequently showcasing some of the best artists around, including jazz, reggae and funk in their colourful line-up. Known for having a great atmosphere, the band room is red-lit with the stage located right in the centre. Open 10pm - 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm - 3am on Sundays, The Nightcat has hosted such artists as Slum Sociable, Amyl and the Sniffers, Basenji and Sampa The Great. Check it out next time you’re looking for live music in Fitzroy.
317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
A cosy pub that plays host to live music, comedy nights, film screenings and art shows, Bar Open is conveniently located on Brunswick Street in the heart of Fitzroy. Operating since 1998, this venue has built its reputation on providing support for live, local artists, hosting live music from all genres six nights a week. Open from 3pm - 3am on weekdays, 2pm - 3am on Saturday and 2pm - 2am on Sunday, Bar Open have previously booked the likes of Valerie Avenue and Pseudo Mind Hive.
The Evelyn Hotel
351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Another Brunswick Street venue, The Evelyn Hotel is a 350 capacity bar and band room hosting live bands seven nights a week. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Ev’, this venue is renowned for cheap drinks and showcasing fantastic artists night after night. Open daily from 12.30pm - 1.30am, The Evelyn is the perfect example of an authentic live music venue. Booking artists such as Pale Waves (UK), Marmozets (UK), Peter Bibby and The Creases, this venue is definitely one to check out next time you’re in Fitzroy.
30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Situated on Gertrude Street, The Catfish is a bar and band room known for great craft beer and live music. Featuring exposed brick, wood-panelling and communal tables, The catfish is one of Fitzroy's best kept secrets. Offering cheap drinks on Mondays and comedy on Tuesdays, this venue is open daily from 12pm to 1am (12pm - 11pm on Sundays), hosting bands such as Chase City and Teenage Dads.
There you have it, an impressive collection of live music venues in Fitzroy to check out next time you’re in town!