It's no coincidence that the words "Melbourne" and "music" begin with the same letter. Australia's second-most populous city is home to some of the best music around, so we thought we'd share some of the top spots to hear some tunes with you.
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If you're in the mood for some hip-hop or R&B, check out the Baraki Bar. It can be found at 168 Lonsdale Street, which is just a 21-minute drive away from the airport. You could hire a car at the Melbourne airport, if your plane arrives in the evening, and head straight to this venue for a fabulous introduction to the city.
If you enjoy a sophisticated and stylish backdrop while you listen to music, look no further than this bar. You can either sit back to enjoy the music here with some delicious food in one hand and a fancy cocktail in the other, or you can get up, loosen your hair a little and dance until you drop.
Located at 71 Johnston Street, Collingwood, the Tote Hotel has been hosting music events for over 31 years. They have a wide variety of music acts on almost every night, so simply rock on up and get ready to be entertained.
Both local and international rock 'n' roll acts grace this venue on a regular basis, and it's just been announced that American band Murphy's Law will be performing there in September. There are also rumours that a ghost can be found on the Tote Hotel's staircase. Maybe it loved the music so much that they never wanted to leave?
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
As the name suggests, this venue is one of the best places in town to listen to some smooth live jazz. Located on 25 Bennetts Lane, the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is located right in the heart of Melbourne and opens at 20:30 each and every night.
Don't just take our word for it. This musical hot-spot actually won the Bell Award for being the "Best Australian Jazz Club" in both 2003 and 2004. It boasts some Australia's most soulful jazz musicians and a low-key, cozy setting. Make sure you stop on by when you're in the neighbourhood.
If you would like to reminisce about days and songs gone by, pay a visit to Carnegie Hall. This venue is renowned for organising performances and bands that play music from the 1960s and 1970s. So, get those dancing shoes on and get ready for a blast from the past at 60 Rosstown Road, Carnegie.
Visiting this venue will require a little more organisation than the rest, as they only host performances on the first and third Saturday of every month. These usually start at 20:00 and finish just after midnight, so don't go making any early-morning breakfast plans for the following Sunday.
That's not all…
There are far too many music venues in Melbourne to list them all here – you'll just have to trust us that the city has a bar, hotel, club or hall to suit even the most picky of music lovers.
In addition to this, the city often hosts one-off and annual music festivals that you can organise a road-trip around. For instance, a concert titled Release the Bats is being held at the Westgate Entertainment Centre on 26 October, just in time for Halloween. So do a little internet searching and see what else you can find!