Live music St Kilda

Are you looking for live music that keeps your toes tapping and your hands clapping? Somewhere you can have a relaxing drink and enjoy the atmosphere? St Kilda never has a shortage of places to listen to live music, yet sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find the gems. If you know where to look there are plenty of St Kilda bars where you can find live music every day of the week. Here are our top 8 live music venues to visit.

The Dog's Bar

Dogs Bar

A St Kilda institution, Dogs Bar has been pumping Acland Street full of free live music since 1989. From Acoustic to Funk, this laid back local’s bar has you covered. So come down for a nightcap or a few afternoon beers and enjoy the live tunes.


This local watering hole is known for its music and retro décor. It’s a favourite on lazy Sunday afternoons where you can soak up the sun in the beer garden. Yet most nights you can find live music at the Vineyard – Monday nights’ it’s live hip hop DJ’s, acoustic on Tuesday’s, Thursday band night, and Friday’s for your Soul and Funk fix. Saturday’s you’ll find the resident DJ and Sunday nights are filled with deep house vibes.

Surabaya Johnny

This intimate bar, hidden from the bustle of Acland Street, is home to local musicians and local patrons. Surabaya Johnny is your gritty, down to earth and welcoming St Kilda bar that will make you want to stay for another drink, after every drink. Become a part of the furniture and relax, they’ve got your night sorted.

Abbey Road

You can’t walk past Abbey Road without noticing the constant stream of customers on the weekends. The bustling bar is friendly and enthusiastic with a community vibe that has people eating and drinking there all year around. And what helps them create that atmosphere is their live music. From blues to rock, you can find it at Abbey Road. Check their Facebook page for updates.


The sidebar to Claypots restaurant draws you through the doors with its eclectic and off-kilter decor. On a wintery night, cosy up to a mulled wine and husky blues numbers, or in summer grab a cold beer to upbeat jazz on a Sunday afternoon. This warm and quirky bar is the hidden gem that you’ll never stop talking about.

Memo Hall

Since opening its doors in 1924, Memo Hall has been home to live music, theatre, filming and music ranging from classical recitals to rock ‘n’ roll. This iconic venue, known as ‘The Memo’ to locals, is an intimate and inviting space where you can fully immerse yourself in the live music and performances.

Village Belle

Want to have the choice between a live band or live DJ within the same venue? The Village Belle has created the perfect balance for live music between their Garden bar and Public bar. The more relaxed Public bar showcases live bands on Thursday to Sunday’s. And the Garden bar features live DJ’s Friday nights, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. Check out their website to find out what’s on.

Big Mouth

Once inside this Art Décor building, you can understand why Big Mouth is so popular. It always draws a crowd and never seems to disappoint with its mix of chilled vibes and upbeat tunes. So grab a drink and soak up the acoustic vibes downstairs on Sunday afternoons and Friday nights. And check out upstairs on Friday and Saturday nights for live DJ sets.


St Kilda has always been home to live music and the arts. In fact, it’s what makes it stand out from its neighbouring suburbs. So next time you’re in St Kilda, take the time to explore some of the live music venues and enjoy what the suburb has to offer.