Whether you’re craving cocktails and olives in a moody jazz bar or the sound of guitar acoustics in a sun-kissed beer garden, Canberra’s lively music scene has plenty on offer (you just have to know where to look).
Step through Odgers Lane’s unmarked wooden door and uncover the intimate and elegant 1920s speakeasy, Molly. With charming jazz bands performing live every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the effortlessly smooth tunes are guaranteed to leave you feeling at ease. Pair it with a masterfully crafted cocktail or a drop off Canberra’s most impressive whisky menu and you’re golden!
Wakefield’s Bar & Wine
Whether you’re craving a sunset spritz on the terrace or an intimate evening of nibbles and cocktails, Wakefield’s Bar & Wine is the place to be. The eclectic and inviting space hosts jazz, blues and acoustics live every Wednesday from 5:30, under their iconic disco ball. Serving up unbeatable vibes, quality wines and heavenly performances, your next girl’s night is sorted!
What better way to take advantage of warmer climates than an afternoon in Canberra’s favourite beer garden, Assembly? The beloved People’s Pub is a go-to for its laidback energy and easy atmosphere, and its live music is no exception. It’s the ideal location to bask in the sun, catch up with mates and unwind to the soulful sound of the guitar and talented local singers. Check out this Lonsdale Street gem and see what all the fuss is about!
Find the Sydney Building’s hidden staircase and stumble upon Sideway, the beating heart of Canberra’s underground music scene. The intimate bar and live music venue is fitted with a custom sound system, grungy dim lighting and a host of diverse genres. With indie, punk, rock and electric sounds on offer, you’ll uncover a unique and memorable experience every time you visit.
Nestled in Downer suburbia, Gang Gang has become a hub for local and visiting music lovers alike. Discover an ever-evolving gig roster, with acoustic jazz bands, coastal indie crews, punky rock singers and techno artists taking the stage. Soak up the warm evening breeze under the fairy light gazebo or cosy up in the funky interiors and become immersed in the uplifting and contagious energy.
Descend the spiral brick staircase and find the rustic and upbeat live music bar, Blackbird. Whether you’re feeling like busting a move on the dance floor or nestling in one of the intimate booths, the friendly staff and cosy interiors make it easy to feel at home. With live performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, stop by and add unparalleled energy to your next night out.
Perched on Lake Burley Griffin’s stunning waterfront, The Jetty has made its mark as an unmissable summer spot in the capital. Settle in the expansive marque beer garden, order a round of Aperol Spritz and enjoy a casual afternoon of live music and good vibes. Don’t miss the chance to visit this renowned location (which is only open during the warmer months) and indulge in a truly unique experience.
Sitting in the heart of Canberra City is the homey cocktail and whisky bar, Hippo Co. For the past 20 years, the sounds of live jazz bands have spilled over the exposed balcony into Garema Place on a Wednesday night. Decorated in exposed brick walls, timber countertops and a pool of candlelight, add it to your list of spontaneous date night spots.
Old Canberra Inn
Discover the comfort, simplicity and nostalgia that is the Old Canberra Inn’s live music nights. This Lyneham gem hosts a treasure trove of local performers, showcasing a range of genres including blues, jazz, DJs and salsa nights. Kick back in the breezy outdoor seats, where you can eat, drink, chat and dance until the sun goes down.
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