Five Favourite Live Music Venues In Melbourne by Melbs bb

In no particular order:

The Workers Club

It’s no coincidence I’m playing my single launch on Feb 27 here. It’s an iconic Melbourne institution and some of my best memories are at The Workers. It’s humble but there’s some kind of magic in the air that hits you as soon as you walk into the venue. One of the best features is the beer garden out the back is also great if you want to escape for a minute, which I often do.

The Evelyn Hotel

Another iconic institution just about every Melbourne musician has played at. It’s a big room and I’ve seen it when it’s packed to the brim with the crowd spilling into the street and I’ve seen it when there’s 10 people in the whole room. In either case, the room delivers. The stage is probably the same size as most venues but it seems gigantic and whoever is on it, seems like a god.

The Grace Darling Hotel

I love the upstairs room but really, I have a fondness for the basement. There’s something about the cramped space and stone walls that makes for terrible sound but an incredible atmosphere. When you’re in this room, you feel like you’re in some secret club…like the stonecutters or something. It’s probably the walls or the wooden bar but it has that magic sauce. A very special place indeed.

Max Watts

I feel like this place is hugely underrated. I’m definitely biased because I’ve seen amazing music and comedy performed here (from back when it was the Hi-Fi Bar) but there’s something about this underground bunker that creates an electric atmosphere. As I’m writing this list I’m beginning to sense a pattern: I like venues underneath other venues.

The Palais Theatre

Let me start off by saying I hate St Kilda. Hard to get to via public transport, a nightmare to park if you drive. However, The Palais is a dream of a venue. I rarely go there because it’s reserved for the best of the best musicians (whose tickets are generally outside my budget) but it really is an incredibly beautiful building and most definitely palatial. I was lucky enough to see Elvis Costello play a solo show there and I can safely say I wouldn’t be a musician today if I hadn’t been to The Palais that night.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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