Live music in The City

Brisbane has a prominent and constantly evolving live music scene and is not only a destination on many touring artists’ schedules, but is also home to a fantastic variety of local bands and musicians that play on a regular basis. Here’s your guide to Brisbane City’s best live music venues.

Brooklyn Standard

Brooklyn Standard

Brooklyn Standard brings a little bit of Brooklyn cool to Brisbane. Located underground on Eagle Lane, the speakeasy venue hosts live music six nights a week, specialising in jazz, funk and blues – all accompanied by a well-stocked bar of whiskeys and classic cocktails. Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with the weekly line-up. 

Trainspotters

Trainspotters

If you’re looking for something that’s free, local and guaranteed to be a good Saturday night out, then head to Trainspotters at the Grand Central Hotel – it’s Brisbane’s only free indie music night. With cheap drinks, sausage rolls aplenty and a line-up of at least three acts, these nights are the best (and cheapest) way to experience the interesting and diverse music that Brisbane offers. 

The Kitty

The Kitty DJ

Housed in Treasury Casino, The Kitty is a lush boutique bar with creative cocktails, champagne, premium spirits and tunes to feed the soul. Hear Brisbane's coolest sounds from resident DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening until late, and live performances every Sunday from 4pm. Impromptu performances from the hottest artists are also a regular feature at The Kitty.

Sonny’s House of Blues

Sonny's House of Blues

From the founders of Paddington favourite Lefty's Old Time Music Hall comes Sonny’s House of Blues in Rowes Lane. Named after American bluesman Sonny Terry, the "dive bar" hosts live music five nights a week and serves classic drinks complemented by a Tex-Mex inspired menu.

Buffalo Bar

Buffalo Bar

Blazing with Rockabilly soul, Buffalo Bar offers authentic American food, drinks and culture.On Frat Night Wednesdays enjoy live music paired with beer pong tournaments, wing-eating challenges and student discounts. Check out their website to keep in touch with events.

Mr & Mrs G

Live music at Mr & Mrs G

Our pick for a relaxed Sunday session, Mr & Mrs G Riverbar at Eagle Street Pier is a stylish wine and cocktail bar with sweeping views of the Brisbane River. Every Sunday from 3pm the bar comes alive with the sound of music, hosting Brisbane’s favourite jazz musicians. Watch the sun go down in the river city in fine style. 

Beetle Bar

The Beetle Bar

Located on The City fringe, the Beetle Bar on Upper Roma St is a surprising "underground" live music venue that works to support local talent. If you like your music on the heavier side of rock, punk, rockabilly and psychobilly, and drinks at cheap prices, then this place is for you. Head to the bar’s Facebook page to keep up to date with the weekly changing line-up.

Riverstage – The City Botanic Gardens

If festivals and large international acts are your thing, you’ll find these happening every month at Riverstage. This incredible outdoor entertainment venue is located in the heart of Brisbane in the City Botanic Gardens and features acts all year round. Find out what’s happening on the Brisbane City Council website or Ticketmaster.

Rocking Horse Records

Rocking Horse Records

Queensland’s oldest, largest and most-loved independent record store on Albert St in The City is definitely worth a mention. Having recently taken away a 2014 ARIA award for Outstanding Independent Retailer, the store also regularly hosts all ages gigs in the downstairs "rock dungeon".

Brisbane City Hall

Clem Jones Concerts at City Hall

Take in a free lunchtime concert in Brisbane’s iconic City Hall. Clem Jones City Hall Concerts take place on Tuesdays from midday-1pm – enjoy a surprising and diverse program of world, pop, classical and contemporary music all taking place in City Hall’s beautiful auditorium. Visit Brisbane City Council’s Live Guide for events.

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