Top 5 Live Music Bars in Sydney


It’s quite common to head to your local bar and hear the same old tunes on repeat while you’re enjoying your evening wind down or getting pumped up for a night out in the city. So if you want a change of pace and instead have a few drinks while listening to some of the best live talent in Sydney, we’ve got you covered.

Frankie’s Pizza


Whether it’s the heavy strain of metal or the smooth riffs of the blues, Frankie’s Pizza doesn’t discriminate, and instead brings the best of every music genre to one space. With different artists set to perform each week and Frankie’s World Famous House Band playing every Monday, you’re always in for an exciting night when you visit.

You can always expect top acts of any genre at Frankie’s with previous appearances by Little Bastard and the Bloods – and that’s just scratching the surface. If a certain style of music is not your slice of pizza, try your luck another day to listen to some talented musicians fill the lair with their unique sounds.

Complement the grungy tunes with cold beers, mouthwatering pizza and a cheeky spin at the pinball machines for guaranteed good times . You never really know what style of music you’re going to get when you head down to Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice, but you can be sure that it will be loud and legendary.

Where: 50 Hunter St, Sydney
Mon – Sun | 4pm – 4am | Line-Up


Image credit: 505 Facebook

Tune in at the 505 for some old-school sounds of jazz, funk and swing combined with a pinch of new-school. For six nights a week, the 505 opens its doors to a stream of local and international talent to help you end the day in style.

Head down to the 505 on Monday nights and wind down with a smooth jazz jam session featuring some of the best local artists mixed with all of your favourite board games. Tuesday’s provide a live funk and groove trio to lift the mood and give musos the ultimate early week party. Monday and Tuesday night gigs are both free of charge so make the most of your working week and drop by.

The rest of the week caters to ticketed shows with artists from all over the world performing a range of styles to sooth your ears. Whether you prefer to chill to reggae, channel some uptown funk, or treat yourself to some soul, the 505 always provides the perfect live music atmosphere for a groovy night out.

Where: 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills
Mon – Sat | 6pm – 12am | Line-Up

Orient Hotel

Image credit: Orient Hotel Facebook

Rock out on any day of the week at the Orient Hotel and catch some of the biggest songs to have ever come out of rock history. Stick it to the man and sing along to all the greatest anthems provided by groups who live and breathe rock music.

No matter if you prefer alternative rock, modern rock or classic rock, there will always be something for everyone at least one night of the week – there is also a bar upstairs which hosts DJs every Saturday night for those less enthused by rock music. From the Black Keys to Led Zeppelin, from AC/DC to the Beatles, you know you’re in good hands when you come down to the Orient Hotel.

Featuring cover groups with repertoires made up of rock legends and even some original tracks, the Orient Hotel is the place to go for your weekly dose of live rock.

Where: 89 George St, The Rocks
Mon – Thur: 10am – 1am | Fri – Sat: 10am – 3am | Sun: 10am – 1am
02 9251 1255 | Line-up

Marble Bar


Head down to the heritage-listed Marble Bar located inside the Hilton Sydney Hotel for some live acts that will captivate even the most critical listener. This popular watering hole provides a mixed bag of music entertainment every week from Wednesday to Saturday with a range of bands playing through the night.

Friday nights see The Dominos deliver high energy jive music performances so be sure to throw on your best dancing shoes and strut your signature moves on the dance floor. Other nights, Marble Bar is home to a large number of regulars, successfully covering the entire spectrum of music from jazz to R’n’B.

Whether its rock, reggae, disco or hip-hop, there’s something for everyone at the Marble Bar.

Where: 488 George St, Sydney
Mon – Thur: 4pm – late | Fri – Sat: 4pm – 2am | Sun: 4pm – 11pm
02 9266 2000 | Line-up

Kingston Public Bar and Kitchen

Image credit: Kingston Facebook

Delve into a little bit of paradise hidden in plain sight at the Kingston Public Bar & Kitchen in Newtown. A series of live acts are scattered throughout the week and will surely provide the perfect mood music to unwind after a hard day’s work.

Each gig will bring you local artists who will make listeners instant fans with their alternative sounds and effortlessly pleasant riffs.  For those who’ve built up an appetite listening to the tunes, Kingston also features a delicious food menu alongside their well stocked bar.

Bring all your friends along to Kingston Public Bar or just fly solo and enjoy a relaxing drink whilst listening to some of the best local talent from around Sydney.

Where: 62 – 64 King St, Newtown
Mon – Fri: 4pm – 12am | Sat: 12pm – 12am | Sun: 12pm – 10pm
02 8084 4140 | Line-up



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