Fortitude Valley is the beating heart of live music in Brisbane. From grungy dive bars to beautifully appointed theatres, the Valley is home to a vibrant array of live music venues. Whatever your taste, we’ve got covered with our list of where to see live music in the Valley.
Live and Local
Valley-goers can tune in to a new generation of musical talent through the free Live and Local performances throughout the precinct. Catch up-and-coming, local musicians each week in the Valley!
Check out the Events Guide to see which up-and-coming local musos are playing.
Black Bear Lodge
If you’re hunting for a night of great live music, set your sights on Black Bear Lodge. Hear new music from your favourite acts or discover a brand new one, you never know what may happen.
If you like your music loud and dirty, Crowbar is the place to see all your favourite punk, hardcore and metal acts. Spike up your hair and raise your horns to the best local, national and international artists in Brisbane. Headbanging is encouraged, though not mandatory.
Open late seven days a week, Empire Hotel is the Valley’s local watering hole serving cold beer, hot food and live music. Head there on a Sunday night to catch Lil B ‘N’ Brooksy playing an acoustic set from 9pm, perfect for forgetting the next day is Monday.
A subterranean dive bar with a retro American ‘50s vibe. Chow down on a cheeseburger or good ol’ Southern fried chicken and catch a live band every Friday and Saturday. Located in the cellar under The Prince Consort.
A rock and roll dive lounge with a hint of the Irish, O’skulligan’s is the sister bar of The Brightside and gives punters the chance to relax before a gig or after a sweaty mosh pit. This weekend, live life on the dark side at O’skulligan’s.
Boutique and a little bit classy, Press Club is always on-point with crafted cocktails, a new menu and of course, live music from Brisbane’s best bands. Whether it’s a weekend blow-out or a mid-week hang, Press Club has you covered.
Ric’s Bar and Fatboy’s Cafe
A Valley classic and one of the most iconic music venues in Brisbane, if you haven’t had a beer at Ric’s or a meal at Fatboy’s, what have you been doing with your nights out? Drop by for drinks and live music seven nights a week.
Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar
Say aloha to great drinks and fun times at Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar, a Hawaiian dive bar and grungy surf shack featuring live music five nights a week. From rock & roll and country to blues and funk, it’s all on at Suzie Wong’s. Enter through the retro fridge door (you read that correctly) off Ann Street.
The Brightside and Brightside Outdoors
What better place to see a rocking live band than a former house of worship? Church is in session at The Brightside and Brightside Outdoors every weekend, offering audiences communion with some of Brisbane’s best bands. Hallelujah!
The Fortitude Music Hall
One of the Valley’s newest live music venues, The Fortitude Music Hall is Australia’s largest ballroom/theatre-styled venue. The Fortitude regularly promotes a headlining list of local, national and international acts.
Keep the party going until late at The Outpost, located within The Fortitude Music Hall. Featuring a diverse line-up of artists and an impressive drinks menu, The Outpost is perfect place to see a show or kick-on afterwards.
The Prince Consort
Choose your own adventure at The Prince Consort, open late 7 days a week. The weekend starts with free live music in the Garden Bar featuring a live house band.
The Royal George Hotel
Affectionately known as RG’s, this local is another Valley institution. Boasting the biggest beer garden in the precinct, RG’s is the perfect place to start your weekend. On Friday nights, sit back with a meal and a drink and enjoy live music from local Brisbane artists.
The Sound Garden
Live music meets good vibes and great food at The Sound Garden, a two-storey space featuring a seven-metre-tall indoor tree. Promising an experience like no other, The Sound Garden presents live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The pot of gold at the end of Brissie’s live music rainbow, The Wickham kicks out the jams every Friday night from 7pm with a celebration of the city’s queer live music scene. With new acts every week, you can catch an eclectic mix of Brisbane’s best artists in the Garden Bar.
You can’t talk about live music in Brisbane and not mention The Zoo. One of the longest-running live music venues in Australia, The Zoo welcomes national and international touring acts and local talent. Check out their gig guide for what’s happening at The Zoo.
Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage
From international touring acts to local bands, live music matters at Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage. Catch live music from Thursday to Sunday night every week at Woolly Mammoth Mane Stage.
- November 2021