The Best Places for Live Music in Brisbane

The Tivoli | © Brant1600/Flickr
The Tivoli | © Brant1600/Flickr
Photo of Kelly Hawke
28 April 2017

Whether you’re into unearthing the next big thing in Brisbane‘s music scene, or listening to superstars up close, Brisbane has a music venue to suit every taste. From intimate bars to larger theatres, your ears will be humming after a night out.


A Brisbane institution, The Tivoli is known for its intimate theatre setting which attracts some of the best local and international artists in the world including Bob Dylan, Katy Perry, Death Cab For Cutie, Powderfinger and Taylor Swift. It’s also only a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the city’s best bars, which means the fun can continue well after the music stops.

The Tivoli, 52 Costin St Fortitude Valley 4006, Queensland 07 3852 1711

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The Triffid

Still reasonably new to Brisbane’s music scene, The Triffid offers an amazing live music experience for all who visit and play at this industrial venue. Set in an old WWII aircraft hangar in the middle of Newstead, it’s also home to an outdoor beer garden.

The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton St Newstead 4006, Queensland (07) 3171 3001

Sonny’s House of Blues

If blues, jazz, ska and rock & roll are your jam, Sonny’s House of Blues is for you. Not only does it have moody live music, but an impressive menu for when that late night hunger kicks in. Think dim lighting, great music and delicious cocktails. But, would we expect anything less from the people behind Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall?!

Sonny’s House of Blues, Rowes Lane Brisbane 4000, Queensland (07) 3229 9256

Hey Ya Bar

This hidden gem in the hustle and bustle of Fortitude Valley is an underground bar with live music, pool tables, pinball machines and Asian inspired street food. Hey Ya Bar is the perfect place for late night eats and drinks, while listening to some of Brisbane’s best up and coming bands.

Hey Ya Bar, 351 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley 4006, Queensland 0419 832 569

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