Buy a pint at these Melbourne live music venues bravely reopening this weekend
10.06.2021

Buy a pint at these Melbourne live music venues bravely reopening this weekend

Words by Kate Streader

You’d better start making bookings.

With lockdown 4.0 set to lift at 11:59pm tonight, many live music venues around town are gearing up to fling their doors open tomorrow.

While live music venues are still heavily restricted, meaning gigs will be off the table for a little while longer for the majority of small venues, you can still support your favourite spots by heading down for dinner or a few drinks over the weekend.

To help you plan your post-lockdown celebrations, we’ve put together a list of which live music venues will be open this weekend. We suggest booking a spot to avoid disappointment as capacity is limited and Melburnians are all itching for a pint.

Keep up with all the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Corner Hotel

No gigs for now, but you can still grab a parma, a pint and watch the game on the big screen at The Corner this weekend.

 

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The Bendigo Hotel

Gigs are on at The Bendigo Hotel this weekend, however this weekend’s show has been split over two nights to meet density limits. Tickets are all gone, too, but you can still head down for a drink.

 

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Colour

Colour won’t be hosting gigs this weekend but they’ll be open for bar service. Another venue that’s done it tough only opening less than a year prior to COVID, these guys need all the help they can get.

 

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The Old Bar

Raise a glass to the end of another lockdown at The Old Bar this weekend. Gigs are still a no-go for now, but the bar will be open from 3pm on Friday.

 

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Cafe Gummo

Cafe Gummo aren’t hosting live music just yet, but they will be slinging spicy mulled wine and goulash from 5pm on Friday.

 

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Whole Lotta Love

The drinks will be flowing from 2pm tomorrow at Whole Lotta Love. What’s not to love about that?

Brunswick Ballroom

Brunswick Ballroom are celebrating the end of lockdown 4.0 with cheap eats this weekend. There’ll be a side of live tunes with your dinner from 5pm on Sunday, too.

Edinburgh Castle

Edi Castle is doing food and drinks from tomorrow. No word on the gig front just yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Tote

The Tote have postponed all gigs for the time being but rumour has it, they’re looking into throwing some outdoor, seated gigs. In the meantime, the bar will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm.

 

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The Retreat

Live music is off the menu at The Retreat for the minute, but they will be open for food and booze this weekend. Head down from 12pm on Friday, but make sure to book first.

Bar Open

All gigs have been postponed for now but the bar is open at Bar Open this weekend.

 

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The Gasometer Hotel

The Gaso will be open for drinks this weekend, in the hands of new owners no less. Go give ’em some love.

 

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Some Velvet Morning

There won’t be any gigs at Some Velvet Morning this weekend, but they will be open for dinner and drinks.

Tramway Hotel

Tramway is opening its doors from 12pm tomorrow. Capacity is very limited so live music won’t be happening just yet and bookings are essential.

 

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The Curtin

Gigs have been postponed for now but The Curtin will be open over the weekend.

Bar Oussou

They’ve got live music, they’ve got whisky, they’ve got mulled wine, they’ve got slow-cooked meals and they’ll be open from 5pm tomorrow.

 

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FAD Gallery

Bookings are very limited at FAD Gallery, so you’d better be quick if you want a spot this weekend.

 

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Hotel Esplanade

The Espy is back from 12pm tomorrow for food and drinks.

Wesley Anne

The bar and kitchen at Wesley Anne will be open from tomorrow. Looks like you’ll have to wait a little longer for live music, though.

 

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The Post Office Hotel

The Post Office Hotel is reopening from 3pm tomorrow for drinks and dinner. The gig sitch is still up in the air, but we’ll let you know when we find out more.

 

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The Gem

Live tunes are a no but The Gem will be open this weekend. More details to come.

Charles Weston Hotel

Charles Weston Hotel will be back in action from tomorrow. No live music just yet.

The Bergy Seltzer

The Bergy is back from 4pm tomorrow, baby. No gigs yet, but we hear the bartenders have excellent taste in music…

 

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Nighthawks

If you find yourself without a booking, Nighthawks will be doing walk-ins only all weekend from 4pm. The bar will be open but no gigs for now.

 

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Cherry Bar

Cherry Bar isn’t in a position to host gigs at the moment, but the beloved rock’n’roll haunt will be open for drinks over the weekend.

Cactus Room

This weekend’s gigs have been cancelled, but you can still grab a drink at Cactus Room from 6pm on Friday and Saturday.

 

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Find out more about the current restrictions for live music venues here