Top Live Music Venues in Merri-bek

Merri-bek has been renowned for great live music venues. Here are some of our favourites.


7–11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056

Burgers, Bands and an amazing beer garden in Brunswick.

Howler, a converted woolshed designed by Chris Stanley from the Splinter Society, unfolds onto an incredible open space, which funnels into a more intimate bar. Manned by cocktail guru Chris Lemelu, Howler’s bar boasts one of the nation’s most eclectic beer lists. On offer are beers such as Japan’s immaculately weird Hitachino Nest and delicious oddities from America’s beardy north.

There’s a dedicated performance space outback, with a pretty rad lineup of local indie acts, electronic oddness, and noisy art bands from the world over. Out front, you’ll luxuriate under one of Melbourne’s most banging sound systems with a lineup of DJs who know how to use it.

Read more about Howler on Broadsheet

Find upcoming gigs at Howler here — Howler Songkick

The Brunswick Ballroom & Brunswick Artists Bar

314–316 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne

The newly refurbished BRUNSWICK BALLROOM is located in the old Metropolis House on Sydney Road and is destined to take the mantle as one Melbourne’s most dynamic and exciting performance venues. This extraordinary venue has been reimagined, refurbished and renamed and will feature the best of Australian and international music, cabaret and comedy. The upstairs ballroom accessed via the dramatic staircase features stunning stained glass domes inspired by legendary Australian artist Leonard French before expanding out onto an open-air balcony that takes in the urban streetscape below and the sights of Melbourne’s skyline.

What’s on at The Brunswick Ballroom — click here

Whole Lotta Love Bar

524 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Whole Lotta Love is one of Melbourne’s premier small dive bars and live music venues. With Led Zeppelin murals on the walls, the backdrop to the stage is one of the most iconic and recognisable around. Whole Lotta Love is the bar that’ll fill the hole in your whiskey soaked heart, paying tribute to the many kings of rock across the ages. Every weekend’s a party. Stay tuned for great events and promotions! At the gates to the city and poised right at the top of Lygon Street in Brunswick East, Whole Lotta Love is a bar like no other.. Whiskey, great tunes, live music every night, and heaps of local brews. Inspired by the mystery and mischief of the world’s greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin, the bar drips with a vibe all it’s own.

Rubix Warehouse

36 Phoenix St, Brunswick VIC 3056

Melbourne’s hidden warehouse wonderland. Tucked away in the industrial back streets of one of Melbourne’s most colourful areas, Rubix Warehouse brings you deep into the heart of Brunswick’s world famous creative subculture.

Offering an underground, edgy, entertainment alternative, far from the usual venue, Rubix is constantly evolving with every event being a different adventure, even for our regulars.

Find upcoming events here

MusicLand Fawkner Music Complex

1359 Sydney Rd, Fawkner VIC 3060

Musicland really is — Built by Muso’s for Musicians.

It was meant as a creative Haven for Live Music, Musicians and Music Lovers, a place to create, a place of great sound, warm ambience, pure vibe, a place to heal, feel relaxed, safe, a place of laughter, friendship, a place with no boundaries, a place for every age, every genre, everyone who loves and plays Live Music in all its forms, and I think they all say we succeeded.

Check out their upcoming gigs on their Facebook page

Post Office Hotel Pub & Dining Hall

229–231 Sydney Rd, Coburg VIC 3058

The Post Office Hotel, a combination of café, pub, dining hall and bottle shop all in the one, proudly presents a mix of quality food, booze and gigs every day of the week.

Coburg’s Post Office Hotel mixes the old with the new. A renovation in 2010 restored much of the old girl’s original art deco features, breathing new life into the hotel. The team behind the bar provide an old fashioned warmth and hospitality, and with a background in music, ensure classic tunes are always part of the equation.

Take in the live music in the spacious front bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, while on Sundays bring the family for a relaxed weekly-changing winter roast while checking out the afternoon band.

Check out their upcoming gigs here

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