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  • 1. Esplanade Hotel

    St. Kilda | Bars/Pubs

    Not only is this hallowed live music venue a great place to see local bands, but the Esplanade, or "Espy," is a historic pub—built in 1878—listed...Read More

  • 2. Alehouse Project

    Brunswick East | Bars/Pubs

    Regarded as having one of the best beer lists in the city, this local favorite also has an excellent menu, matched especially to the beers on...Read More

  • 3. Bennetts Lane

    City Center | Music Clubs

    One of Melbourne's jazz mainstays, Bennetts has international acts and the occasional megastar (like Prince) popping in. ...Read More

  • 4. Cherry Bar

    City Center | Music Clubs

    This small and intimate rock 'n' roll bar is located on AC/DC Lane. The address alone says it all. ...Read More

  • 5. Comic's Lounge

    North Melbourne | Comedy Clubs

    This comedy club is a good place for a laugh. ...Read More

  • 6. Cookie

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    Located in a lofty warehouse-style space with exposed ceiling pipes and a balcony, Cookie focuses on domestic and international craft beer and...Read More

  • 7. Corner Hotel

    Richmond | Music Clubs

    The Corner Hotel has alternative, reggae, rock, blues, and jazz acts with an emphasis on homegrown bands. Tasty pub meals can be had on the...Read More

  • 8. Crown Casino

    Southbank | Bars/Pubs

    Melbourne's first gambling center has blackjack, roulette, and poker machines. The casino is part of the Crown Entertainment Complex, which...Read More

  • 9. Ding Dong Lounge

    City Center | Music Clubs

    You can catch headline rock acts at the Ding Dong Lounge. ...Read More

  • 10. fortyfivedownstairs

    City Center | Cabaret

    Cutting-edge independent theater, cabaret acts, and exhibitions are featured here. ...Read More

  • 11. Gin Palace

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    Reminiscent of Hollywood's golden era, Gin Palace has more than enough types of martinis to satisfy any taste. ...Read More

  • 12. Last Laugh Comedy Club

    City Center | Comedy Clubs

    This is a popular place to see top-class Australian and international comedy acts. ...Read More

  • 13. Max Watt's House of Music

    City Center | Music Clubs

    This popular venue is known for live local and lesser-known international rock bands, and as a stand-up venue during the International Comedy...Read More

  • 14. Melbourne Supper Club

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    Age-buffed leather sofas, cigars, and an exhaustive wine list characterize the classy Melbourne Supper Club. ...Read More

  • 15. Mitre Tavern

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    One of the oldest pubs in town, locals love the unpretentious vibe, and U.K.-like surrounding. It's especially popular with nine-to-fivers who...Read More

  • 16. Ms Collins

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    A bar from Tuesday to Saturday, with food designed by some of Melbourne's top chefs, Ms Collins turns Latin American on Thursday and R&B...Read More

  • 17. Night Cat

    Fitzroy | Music Clubs

    Bands and DJ's play AfroCuban and disco dance music here Thursday to Saturday evening, and the Latin big band on Sunday night is legendary. ...Read More

  • 18. Palais Theatre

    St. Kilda | Music Clubs

    This theater features film, music festival openings, and concerts by Australian and international acts such as the Soweto Gospel Choir and Joe...Read More

  • 19. Polly

    Fitzroy | Bars/Pubs

    Mix with colorful and quirky clientele in an equally fun 1920s design with red-velvet lounges, gilt mirrors, and chandeliers. Also enjoy a...Read More

  • 20. Prince of Wales

    St. Kilda | Music Clubs

    For rock and roll, punk, and grunge, head to the Prince Bandroom at the Prince of Wales, which attracts a straight and gay crowd. Ticket prices...Read More

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