Live Music Venues in Northcote

Northcote Rise is home to live music in all shapes and symphonies. Whether you prefer sipping mulled wine as you listen to local Jazz bands, headbanging at the front of a punk gig or slowly nodding to reggae in the back of a small bar; it’s all here on Northcote Rise.


Check out some of these amazing live music venues on Northcote Rise:

Open Studio Cocktails & Live Music

204 High St, Northcote VIC 3070



Open Studio Venue – a cosy, continental atmosphere, with a lush outdoor undercover courtyard. The venue hosts a range of quality music events and boasts an extensive list of 40+ classic cocktails, Mediterranean Mezze plates, European cheese platters and delicious sweet and savoury crepes.

Fancy some Gin or Balkan Plum Brandy tasting flights? You can expect the highest quality liquor, top-shelf scotch, boutique beers, wine, and beer on tap all at reasonable prices.

Known for its friendly service and relaxed bohemian atmosphere, Open Studio is proud to continue to bring music of the world, from Balkan, jazz and Brazilian, to Greek, afro-beat, funk and Latin. It’s a place where everyone is welcome… 

The Bar Next Door

211A High St, Northcote VIC 3070


It’s the bar next door to the best Ethiopian food in Melbourne, Mesob. The Bar Next Door is the perfect home-away-from-home to enjoy your favourite takeaway dishes with a drink. Huddle together with all your indecisive mates and eat different cuisines together. Bring in your takeaway meal, grab a beer, and relax beneath the grass-hut bar or enjoy some natural light in the intimate courtyard. But more importantly, they have a healthy array of musicians, especially reggae,  jamming in the front window on Friday and Saturday nights

Joe’s Shoe Store

233 High St, Northcote VIC 3070


Although it’s not specifically a live music venue, they play amazing music with regular local DJ’s. A quaint, hip wine bar in an old-school space with wood & leather booths, plus an airy courtyard. A no-frills, great venue regularly spinning vinyl records that make your hips say, “Oh yeahhh”

Wesley Anne

250 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Low-lit bar and restaurant in a former church, plus rustic pub grub, craft beer and live music. 

It feels like three venues wrapped up into a tight little package with a nice bow on top. The main bar back onto a beer garden at the back and a staged band room to the left. With Live music from Thursday to Sunday; you’re sure to find something you and your crew will love. Just check out their website for the latest gig guide. 

Northcote Social Club

301 High St, Northcote VIC 3070


The Northcote Social Club is an establishment for live music in the north. Hip, laid-back joint with regular live bands & a spacious deck offering updated pub eats & beer. A quiet, little gem of the Northside arena, Northcote Social Club supports indie and alternative live acts from interstate and beyond. While they were always friendly and inviting, after their 2015 renovation, Northcote Social Club stepped it up a notch with spacious decking and a modern pub menu. Displaying a regular onslaught of fantastic bands, this live venue is definitely worth checking out.

Bar 303

303 High St, Northcote VIC 3070


This bar/venue is generally known as 303. Three-oh-three, not three hundred and three. Some people call it Cafe 303 or Bar 303. Or even 303 Bar. But it’s none of those. It’s 303. Although, sometimes it’s called Three-Oh, which we’re cool with. 303 exists at 303 High St Northcote. It’s been happily existing there since 2000. How time flies! Ever since its inception, 303 has supported the live music scene, since that’s what its inception was all about. A quality, no frills venue, that gives musicians and artists a place to be seen, heard and talked over the top of. It’s all up to you. Quirky high-energy hangout offering an eclectic lineup of live bands, comedy & film nights.

Purple Emerald Lounge Bar

349 High St, Northcote VIC 3070


Cool cocktail spot with vintage armchairs and a deck, for funk and soul music, tapas and craft beer. With live funk, soul & groove music on every Friday and Saturday night till the wee hours of the morning, The Purple Emerald is the place to be on the Weekend. Sunday proves to be very hangover friendly, with tapas specials, bloody Mary’s all day and in summer, a BYO BBQ and live music in the afternoon.