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Entertainment in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne prides itself in being a city full of culture and entertainment and theres always something to do in the evenings. To find out what's on check out Melbourne Events, an invaluable free monthly guide to entertainment, published by the Melbourne Council and available at tourist boards. Also get a hold of The Age on Friday, when the newspaper contains a comprehensive entertainment supplement.

A number of annual festivals also liven up the streets of Melbourne. This is particularly true in the month of October, when the Melbourne International Festival which concentrates on visual and performing arts, the more experimental Fringe Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival all take place more-or-less simultaneously. In early March the city hosts the Moomba Festival which includes firework displays and dragon boat races on the banks of the Yarra River in Alexandra Gardens. Between January and March three music festivals take place in the city. The Montsalvat Melbourne Jazz Festival takes place in the last week in January and the Melbourne Music Festival in February. This is one of the largest Australian festivals of popular music. In the third week of March it is the turn of the Brunswick Music Festival which concentrates on folk and world music. In addition to these specialist festivals Melbourne boasts a lively and diverse pub and club scene throughout the year with its thriving band scene providing some excellent live music.

Entertainments in Melbourne

  • Vineyard

    71a Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

    Extremely busy at weekends due to a constant stream of Melbourne bands that play in this St Kilda Bar, Vineyard is one of Melbourne's best live music venues. When things get quite busy though, you'll be thankful of the large outdoor seating area overlooking Luna Park.

    Open daily from 10am-3am.

  • Bimbo Deluxe

    376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

    It's Saturday night. You want to finish the night off with a bang. You need to get to Bimbo Deluxe. Once you get by the burly bouncers step inside to see why this is Brunswick Street's most happening club.

    Open 12 noon-3am.

  • Charles Dickens Tavern

    Block Court, 290 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia

    A British-style tavern with draught bitter and stout and live soccer. Open until 3am.

  • Ruby Red

    9 Drewery Lane ( Off Lonsdale Street), Melbourne, Australia

    Cajun bar featuring live jazz and blues bands.

  • The Redhead

    Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

    Club with talented resident DJ’ s playing techno and garage. Open 9pm-7am.

  • Carousel

    Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

    Lively dance venue featuring DJ’s playing good acid jazz and funk.

  • Joeys

    138 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia

    Live bands nightly. Featuring industrial, retro, ska and pop.Open Wed- Sat from 2pm and Sun afternoons for live blues bands (No cover charge). Cheap beer.

  • The Lounge

    243 Swanston Walk, Melbourne, Australia

    Club playing indie and alternative music with bands, films and pool. Most nights 6pm-3am, Fri and Sat until 6am.

  • Black Match

    545 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia

    Extremely popular with University students due to its punky interior.

  • Dog's Bar

    54 Acland Street, Melbourne, Australia

    A long-term popular bar with a loyal clientele.

  • Lemon Tree

    10 Grattan Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia

    Elegant bar with an impressive beer garden featuring live jazz.

  • Pumphouse Hotel

    128 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

    A pub, brewery that always has a significant amount of backpackers from the nearby hostel.

  • Cookie

    1F 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

    Wondering why Melbourne is always referred to as Australia's most European city? 'Cookie' on Swanston Street will answer that as it feels like it's been transported direct from Germany or Belgium. This beer hall, which doubles up as a restaurant, has an extremely relaxed atmosphere and a vast selection of beers.

    Open daily from 12 noon-11pm.

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