Weekday wonders: The best weekday gigs in Melbourne
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12.09.2023

Weekday wonders: The best weekday gigs in Melbourne

melbourne weekday gigs
words by jack o'shea ayres

Australia’s heart and soul of the live music scene pulsates with energy every night of the week.

While weekends remain the traditional nights for gig-going and partying, Melbourne’s thriving music culture doesn’t stop there. From Mondays through to Thursdays, Melbourne offers a diverse selection of venues where music lovers can revel in energetic live performances, cheap drinks and an all-round good time. 

Take a tour through some of the best Melbourne weekday gigs, keeping the party alive every day of the week in Australia’s live music capital. 

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Monday gigs

Social Sanctuary

Kick off your week and cure your Monday blues at The Northcote Social Club on High street in Northcote for their weekly recurring Social Sanctuary. Every Monday the iconic venue becomes a haven for Melbourne’s music enthusiasts with a night of free music supplied by local favourites and the fresh faces of artists passing through Australia’s music capital. 

Enjoy a weekly night of free gigs with a side of $20 parmas and $10 pints at Northcote’s hub for discovering new talent and established acts alike. 

From indie gems and underground sensations to DJs and singer-songwriters travelling the country, the Northcote Social Club delivers a Monday night to remember every week.

NIEUW Mondays

 

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Every Monday at The Workers Club is a huge party set to the tunes of Melbourne’s local DJs, paired with cheap beer and all-around good times, making it one of the best spots for a weekday gig in Melbourne on a Monday night. 

Sitting on the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Street, where the 86 and 11 trams meet, is Fitzroy’s Workers Club, which stands almost identical to its days as the iconic Rob Roy Hotel. Inside, warm lights lay against the public bar where Melbourne favourites like 2 Brothers Lager and apple cider make themselves available in the form of $2 pots, $4 pints and $8 jugs, with spirits just $6.

Doors open at 6 and The Worker’s beer garden is open out the back and DJs play ‘til late in the bandroom, making Workers a fave spot for Melbourne’s uni students and one of the best spots to hang with mates or go for a boogie on a Monday night.

Tuesday gigs

Make It Up Club

 

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  • Bar Open
  • 319 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065

Tuesdays at 9pm marks the start of Bar Open’s Make It Up Club on Brunswick St in Fitzroy. Welcoming forms of avant-garde improvisation, Bar Open focuses on projects likely to bend and challenge the boundaries of current musical trends, promising something different to those looking to experiment and expand their music taste. 

Every Tuesday is a rotating lineup of experimental and boundary-pushing musical acts, sure to surprise, enlighten, delight and perhaps bewilder those looking to dive into the unknown. 

Entry ranges from $5 to $10 and doors open from 8:30pm.

NOW.HERE.THIS

 

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Every Tuesday at The Toff is jazz night with NOW.HERE.THIS. all about nurturing Melbourne’s adored rich and dynamic music scene.

The Toff in Town sits one floor above Cookie Restaurant in Swanston St’s Curtin House and unites local Melbourne musos and music lovers in a night of improvised jazz paired with colourful light projections that shine against the Toff’s picturesque architecture.

Entry is free and doors open from 5pm for cocktails and stage-side dining with $15 cocktails and $9 pints served for happy hour between 5-7pm. Live music begins for diners at 7pm, where a carefully curated performance list sets the perfect background for you to dine, drink and lounge around to. 

From 9pm local DJs are invited to ignite the dancefloor, getting the energy flowing before live jazz takes over from 11:30pm ‘til late, making it a top spot for energetic Melbourne weekday gigs on Tuesday nights. 

Wednesday gigs

The Count’s

Formerly known as Jazz Club, The Count’s resides within the heart of Monash University’s Clayton Campus. Overlooking a tranquil terrace, The Count’s is best described as a fully flexible live music venue; cafe by day and a bustling full performance venue by night, The Count’s is fit with a performance venue, restaurant and bar and is ideal for enjoyers of various music performances, stand-up comedy events and presentations alike. 

The elusive venue offers a well-rounded night to all music enjoyers of Melbourne. Whether it’s a feed with a side of laughs you’re after, or an introduction to some of Melbourne’s best up-and-coming artists across a range of genres, The Count’s got you covered on Wednesday nights. 

Live Jazz

 

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Wednesday nights belong to The Rooks Return, located on Brunswick St in Fitzroy. Open seven days a week from 3pm  to 1am, live jazz creates a packed dance floor of Melbourne music lovers every Wednesday. Great tunes can be heard from the street, and an energetic atmosphere is felt as soon as you enter the cosy front bar, made oh-so warm and inviting by its friendly bar staff, returning patrons and candle-lit atmosphere. 

Board games are made available for those wanting to chill out and wind down in the back courtyard, where the great sounds of the Rooks live jazz can still be heard from the front room. 

The Rooks Return has the ability to fix any hump-day blues with eclectic beats of its returning jazz band, crafty cocktails, and an electric atmosphere that will have you returning week after week. 

Thursday gigs

Live Honky Tonk

 

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For something regular every Thursday, The Rooks Return yet again has you covered. 

The kick-ass little bar in Fitzroy will have you wanting more after its Wednesday night jazz sessions and it promises nothing but gold with its Thursday night live honky tonk. 

The cosy candle-lit venue’s front bar comes to life with energy as patrons dance the night away and create an all-around good time to the sweet tunes of some honky tonk and country; it’s a perfect opportunity for Melbourne’s city slickers to experience something a little different and keep the party rolling through the work week with the best Melbourne weekday gigs.  

Basement Sessions

  • Hotel Esplanade
  • 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda 3182

With the weekend just around the corner, The Espy starts the celebrations early with free entry to their Basement Sessions, every Thursday at 8pm. 

One of Melbourne’s most popular bars, as well as one of St Kilda’s best bars since its founding in 1878, The Espy has something for everyone. Featuring some of the best local and emerging acts on the scene and covering genres ranging from rock, pop, punk, indie, and alternative, The Espy is a central hub of good times and great music.

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