10 Best Jazz Bars In Melbourne, Australia

jazz bars in melbourne

The capital of Victoria and one of the most popular cities in Australia, Melbourne, is a popular tourist attraction. Some popular spots include the Queen Victoria market for shopping and fresh local produce, as well as the Yarra River which runs through the city. Famous for its art scene, many other popular attractions revolve around the arts, such as the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria, which are all located within the Melbourne Arts Precinct. Melbourne also has a thriving live music scene, especially for jazz music. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is held in the city annually, but you can find live jazz music in many bars across town every night. Read on to find 10 of the best jazz bars in Melbourne, Australia.

1. Uptown Jazz Café

Uptown Jazz Café is a cosy jazz corner on the second floor in the neighbourhood of Fitzroy. Having hosted many famous musicians and artists previously, this cafe has quite a name for itself amongst jazz and music lovers. It is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike. They serve Japanese cuisine for dinner until late. Try the gyozas or some sushi as a bar snack or for dinner while waiting for the music to start at 8.30 pm playing until 11 pm.

Uptown Jazz Café

Address: 177 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Website: Uptown Jazz Café

Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 7pm - 12am (closed on Sun - Tue)

2. Rising Sun Hotel

There's always fabulous live jazz at the Rising Sun Hotel South Melbourne at Jazz On Thursdays. Check it out this coming Thursdays - book your table today by calling 03 9696 2411

Posted by Jazz On Thursdays on Friday, 14 June 2019

Rising Sun Hotel hosts its regular Jazz on Thursdays every week, with other jazz bands and artists also performing on other days of the week. Located in South Melbourne, the hotel bar is one of the only few places in this area of the city which offer live jazz music. The hotel is becoming a fast-rising name in the jazz community, with its array of jazz performers. It is also a sports bar which regularly screens rugby games by the Sydney Swans.

Rising Sun Hotel

Address: 2 Raglan St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia

Website: Rising Sun Hotel

Opening hours: 11am - 1am (daily)

3. Golden Monkey Lounge Bar

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Posted by Golden Monkey on Friday, 31 May 2019

Golden Monkey Lounge Bar is not just a bar, but a fun and hip Shanghai-inspired nightclub, which provides great live entertainment. Besides the music, they also serve delicious Chinese cuisines, such as fluffy pork buns, steamed dumplings, and other traditional Chinese dim sum foods. They also serve amazing drinks at the bar, from house cocktails to shots and punches served in funky punch bowls and boxes. The live bands perform on Friday and Saturday and start at 9 pm.

Golden Monkey Lounge Bar

Address: Basement, Rear 389 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (enter via Hardware Lane)

Website: Golden Monkey Lounge Bar

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 5pm - 12am (closed on Sun - Wed)

The uniquely named 303 was named after its address on High Street and is home to much of the live music scene in Melbourne. Upon entering the popular bar, grab a drink at the front bar and listen to the jazz bands on the small stage, or head inside to the band room, where the bigger headline performances happen. They have live music and events happening every night, check out the events calendar on their website to see what you’re in for!


Address: 303 High St, Northcote VIC 3070, Australia

Website: 303

Opening hours: 3pm - 1am (daily)

4. The Fitzroy Pinnacle

The Fitzroy Pinnacle is definitely one of the more unique pubs in the city, set in an old remodelled post office with bohemian style decoration. The place is a favourite amongst locals, with its amazing bar food and a wide selection of ice cold draft beers. What it’s most famed for is its live music, which plays several times a week, either jazz, blues, country or even funk. They also have DJs spinning music on nights without a live band.

The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Address: 251 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia

Website: The Fitzroy Pinnacle

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 3pm - 12am; Fri: 2pm - 1am; Sat: 12pm - 1am; Sun: 12pm - 10pm

5. Bird's Basement

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Posted by Bird's Basement on Monday, 21 May 2018

Bird’s Basement is a high-class jazz venue with table service and the Australian counterpart is New York’s famed and revered Birdland. Referred by some as the home of Melbourne’s jazz scene, the music venue hosts many famous and amazing jazz musicians and bands every night. There are two shows each night, one at 7.45pm and 10.30pm, and you can opt for premier seats with a full dinner and drinks, or just bar service.

Bird's Basement

Address: 11 Singers Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Website: Bird’s Basement

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 6pm - 10pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

6. Paris Cat Jazz Club

If you’re looking for a smaller and more intimate and personal music experience, Paris Cat Jazz Club will be just the place for you! The small music venue is all about providing the best jazz experience for everyone, by the best jazz artists in the city. They have up to three performances a night, each one being ticketed individually, and from all different genres of jazz: contemporary, swing jazz, and even blues and classic jazz.

Paris Cat Jazz Club

Address: 6 Goldie Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Website: Paris Cat Jazz Club

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 7.30am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 6.30pm - 12am; Sun: 6.30pm - 10pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

7. The Rook's Return

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Posted by The Rooks Return on Wednesday, 12 September 2018

The Rook’s Return is another favourite amongst locals, as well as visitors, with its homely feeling and warm lighting enticing you. Hanging out in this chill pub feels like cracking open a cold one with your friends at your place, but with better draft beers and cocktails. There’s also live music on some nights, where jazz and blues artists often take the stage. You can even borrow some board games to play with your group of friends while enjoying the music and the drinks.

The Rook's Return

Address: 201 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Website: The Rook’s Return

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 1am; Sat - Sun: 1pm - 1am

8. Lido Cinemas Jazz Room

Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to Latin, funk, drum n bass and soul, the Alexander Nettelbeck, plays this Friday at 8pm. Tickets are available on our website. - https://bit.ly/2NK8Pvg

Posted by Lido Jazz Room on Tuesday, 24 July 2018

This unique jazz room is tucked under a movie theatre, there is one located in the city location of Lido Cinemas. In that small and intimate room and jazz venue, you can get to enjoy a live jazz performance on Fridays and Saturdays. The unique concept was inspired by the small and uniquely decorated jazz bars which were scattered around Manhatten in the 1980s. The performance guide, which includes local artists as well as visiting ones, is curated by the owner of the aforementioned Uptown Jazz Cafe.

Lido Cinemas Jazz Room

Address: 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

Website: Lido Cinemas Jazz Room

Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 8pm - 10pm (closed on Sun - Thu)

9. Transit Rooftop Bar

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Posted by Transit Rooftop Bar on Saturday, 11 May 2019

Get to admire the beautiful night view of the city while enjoying some great live music at Transit Rooftop Bar, located in the Transit Hotel. Located at the corner of Federation Square, the view gives you amazing views of Yarra River, the Central Business District, and the Arts and Sports Precincts of Melbourne. The live music acts performance from Thursday to Sunday nights and from a handful of genres: jazz, blues and acoustic, to name a few.

Transit Rooftop Bar

Address: Level 2, Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Website: Transit Rooftop Bar

Opening hours: Sun, Wed: 12pm - 10pm; Thu: 12pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2am (closed on Mon & Tue)

Enjoy the music in this beautiful city

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Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world to enjoy live music performances, especially jazz. With such a blooming and booming music scene, you are sure to find some amazing performances to keep you entertained all evening.

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