From the outside, The Grace Darling Hotel looks like an untouchable piece of history. But beyond the bluestone – built in 1854 – is one of Melbourne’s hottest live music venues, and you’re invited to rock out with the best of ’em.
You probably hear it all the time, but this hotel is not like the rest of them. For starters, it has an interesting history that dates back to the 19th century. The pub is also the location of a very special meeting that took place in 1892 which resulted in the formation of the Collingwood Football Club. That’s nothing to sneeze at, especially for football-obsessed Melburnians.
But today, The Grace Darling Hotel is again one of the city’s most iconic venues for laidback drinking sessions, people watching and of course, some of the best live music in town.
While some pubs keep to a strict theme and only allow certain genres to rock out at their venues, The Grace Darling boasts a weekly roster of talent from both near and afar which sees both established and emerging artists take the stage.
Take up a seat at the bar to swoon to soothing soul and pop, or grab your space on the dance floor to rock out to hip hop or alternative beats. If you like music, there’ll always be something on here that’ll take your fancy.
Check out these other must-see venues in Melbourne:
Northcote Social Club
Social clubs can be stuffy. Northcote Social Club aims to be just the opposite with a chilled atmosphere that sees a young music-loving crowd turn up weekend after weekend. For chilly Melbourne nights, hit the deck with its heated beer garden.
The Tote Hotel
The Tote Hotel is a must for any trip to Melbourne. This place has a reputation for showcasing some of the country’s best emerging musicians, and it has also played host to some of the greatest rock bands including The White Stripes, Hellacopters, Dead Moon, and The Donnas. Swing by for a pint and chances are you’ll catch some of Australia’s best acts here as well.
Ding Dong Lounge
You’ll find the Ding Dong Lounge in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown, featuring an incredible lineup of talent including The White Stripes, Plan B and Wolfmother. It’s all about the music at this hidden gem, as well as the latest addition of Girl with the Gris Gris, the new Creole and Cajun kitchen, which complements the Melbourne music hub.
Don’t be fooled by the name – Melbourne’s Boney is anything but basic with its upstairs band room, late late night/early early morning DJ jam sessions and a delicious menu that’ll twist your tastebuds.