Melbourne Best Music Haunts with Happy Hours in Melbourne
By Hayden Manassa
When we talk about live music venues around Melbourne, The ‘bendi’ has been a constant that we just can’t live without. The grunge front bar, reviving the 70s to 90s punk scene shrouded in posters from bands that have graced its intimate stage and its back beer garden sporting some of Collingwood’s finest artistry all while a backpackers on top, draws a crowd to any gig. Hosting recent international tours from CJ Ramone, Guttermouth to local favourites The Bennies and Clowns, The Bendigo hotel is where we go for our punk rock fix. Open 7 days stick around for Tuesdays $6 pints of Skull, $6 stubbies, $7 basics and free pool. Gig prices range for$6 -$40, 125 Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC 3066, 9417 3415.
The reinvented and rejuvenated Gasometer Hotel strikes itself as one of Melbourne’s latest success stories in a music venue scene where band orientated Hotels are closing a rapid rate, The Gasometer now stands tall ahead of many venues with its quality PA system attracting local favourites such as Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten to Melbourne’s Client Liaison and The Delta Riggs which have all graced the Gasometer stage. Happy Hour Wednesday $3 pots $6 pints and $12 jugs of beer and cider. Gig prices range from $5 - $30, 484 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066, 9416 333.
Wandering into this assuming triangular pub and taking seat to listen to some rich and diverse blues and roots is one of our favour pleasures. The Pinnacle is a corner stone to the live music performing community in Melbourne who consistently showcase the best and most legendary of local talent the scene has to offer in a beer garden that has the ability to warm you up on a cold day or cool you down in the summer sun. Coming in at no. 1 in 2014’s The Happiest Hour Top 50 it is a certain for any music lover. $15 Mountain Goat Jugs all day Monday and Tuesday, Gig prices range from $5 - $10, 251-255 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, 9489 3044
With its horse shoe bar spacing between the band room and the front bar The Evelyn is a local Fitzroy favourite for hipsters and reggae rockers alike as this popular venue sets the scene for many local acts to find their feet and subsequently move onto bigger and better things. Success stories go no further then dub, rap, reggae, 9 piece Echo Drama, who’s rise to prominence after completing a rousing residency in 2014 at the Evelyn saw them winning St Kilda Festival’s 2015 award for best new act and playing to thousands at NYE On The Hill Festival 14/15. Monday – Friday $3 pots & $6 pints of tap beer/cider. Monday and Tuesday $10 jugs of Globe ALL DAY Gig prices range from $5-$30 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, 9419 5500.
Half the fun of going to the ‘Espy’ is the painstaking decision to go into one of the 3 designated live music stages or to sit in the front outside area and just listen to the sounds of Melbourne’s music history emitting from its wall’s. After hosting to the longest residency in Espy history Phil Para’s blistering rock n roll brought the Espy to its recent halt as it goes under renovations to provide sustained arts and music to future masses of music lovers. Must go to once. $5 pizza 10pm til late on Friday and Saturday. Gigs prices range $5-$60, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182, 9534 0211.
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