Jazz in City Centre

Bennetts Lane

Bennetts Lane has long been the boiler room of Melbourne jazz. It attracts the cream of local and international talent and an audience that knows when it’s time to applaud a solo. Beyond the cosy front bar, there’s …
Cinema in Melbourne's West

Sun Theatre

‘Boutique’ art deco gloriousness with the individual theatres named after old cinemas from around the western suburbs: Trocadero, Lyric, La Scala. Best choc-top ice-cream range in town, with lolly bags and alcohol (…
Live Music in Fitzroy, Collingwood & Abbotsford

Night Cat

The Night Cat is a barn-sized space that saw the birth of the upside-down lampshade aesthetic in the mid-‘90s. There are two bars, a stage and a black-and-white chequered dance floor that sees lots of action. Music …
Live Music in Melbourne

Northcote Social Club

The stage at this inner-north local has seen plenty of international folk just one album out from star status. Their homegrown line-up is also notable. If you’re just after a drink, the front bar buzzes every night …
Club in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor


This opulent little spot on a funky little strip fills its plush booths with lovely, lithe young things who are heavy on the hair product and light on the attire.
Cabaret in City Centre

Butterfly Club

Down a quintessential Melbourne laneway, this eccentric little cabaret club remains largely undiscovered. Expect acts that aren’t really theatre, aren’t quite straight comedy and that might just throw in a song. The…
Cinema in Carlton & Brunswick

Cinema Nova

The latest in arthouse, docos and foreign films. Cheap Monday screenings.
Live Music in Richmond & East Melbourne

Corner Hotel

The band room here is one of Melbourne’s most popular midsized venues and has seen plenty of loud and live action over the years, from Dinosaur Jr to the Buzzcocks. If your ears need a break, there’s a friendly fron…
Live Music in City Centre

Ding Dong Lounge

One of the first venues that made the city cool in the early 2000s, Ding Dong has received a post-modern makeover, but remains one of the city centre's premier rock 'n' roll venues for smaller touring acts and local…
Theatre in Carlton & Brunswick

La Mama

La Mama is historically significant in Melbourne’s theatre scene. This tiny, intimate forum produces new Australian works and experimental theatre, and has a reputation for developing emerging playwrights. It's a ra…