Music and a meal — experience the true charm of Melbourne’s food scene at these live music restaurants!

Hailed as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne pulsates with the rhythm of creativity and expression. It’s a place where artistry finds its home in every corner, and that sentiment extends to the vibrant world of live music. With so many toe-tapping great venues, explore a unique and harmonious blend of gastronomy and musical talent at the best live music restaurants in Melbourne.

Whether you’re a local looking for your next favourite spot or a visitor eager to dive into Melbourne’s rich cultural tapestry, these establishments promise an experience that will leave you craving an encore!

<strong>Bird's Basement</strong>
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Bird's Basement

For any music afficionado, Bird’s Basement will hit the right note for a great date night in Melbourne. Only a short walk from Flagstaff Station, enjoy an intimate night out snapping your fingers to some of the world’s best jazz performers. If you’re too square for jazz, Bird’s Basement also offers an eclectic selection of blues, soul and funk musical acts to match anyone’s taste. Be sure to top up your drink with a delicious range of jazz-themed cocktails that will get you both bebopping through the night.

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11 Singers Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>Northcote Social Club</strong>
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Northcote Social Club

A self-described ‘neighbourhood pub in Northcote serving up bevs and bites’, the Northcote Social Club represents the alternative spirit of Melbourne to a T. With almost daily live music gigs, this laid-back joint in Melbourne’s North offers a great venue to grab a drink and bite with friends while listening to some of the best up-and-coming artists on the Australian music scene. No matter the day you visit, you’re always in for a good time at the Northcote Social Club.

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301 High St, Northcote, VIC 3070
<strong>The Curtin Hotel</strong>
RVG play the John Curtin, Melbourne. Photography by The Music is Talking. Image supplied.

The Curtin Hotel

One of the oldest pubs in Australia, The Curtin Hotel on the bustling Lygon Street is the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant live music scene. Walking into The Curtin feels like walking into a piece of history: named after the famed Labor Prime Minister, this pub became the watering hole of politicians, students, unionists, as well as the ground zero for so many music lovers and burgeoning bands. The Curtin Hotel is serving up delicious local craft beers, scrumptious pub-style food, and some of the best rock and alternative acts in Melbourne. No need to reserve a seat; just grab your friends and slide open The Curtin Hotel.

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29 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC 3053
<strong>The Toff in Town</strong>
The Toff in Town, Melbourne. Photography by Melissa Butters Photography. Image supplied.

The Toff in Town

Stationed on the second floor of the iconic Curtain House building, The Toff in Town is one of the best ways to experience live music in Melbourne’s CBD.  This unique Melbourne bar is modelled after an art deco train, with lavish interior carriage booths, as well as a moody bar complete with delicious cocktails and a Thai-inspired menu. In between bites and slurps, check out the sensational live music, with everything from smooth late-night jazz to pumping house DJs. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm until 5am, make The Toff in Town your destination as soon as possible.

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2f/252 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
<strong>Witches in Britches</strong>
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Witches in Britches

Move aside Federation Square — the true iconic Melbourne landmark is the haunted house of Witches in Britches. First opening in 1990, this lively musical-theatre restaurant that blends kitsch with plenty of spooky Halloween memorabilia. There’s always a campy good time brewing in the cauldron of Witches in Britches, including classics such as My Big Fat Witch Wedding and Desperate Housewitches. So prepare yourself for Melbourne’s most wicked night out at Witches in Briches!

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84 Dudley St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003

Planning a romantic night out? Then check out the 10 Quirky and Unique Date Night Ideas in Melbourne 2023. And if you want more musical experiences, book a ticket at the Best Plays and Musicals to Watch in Melbourne.

Feature image: Fitzroy Bar. Image via Visit Victoria