A warm sea breeze, endless options for food and drink, plus an offering of live music venues made up of some of Melbourne's best, St Kilda is a hotspot for all things culture and live entertainment. Purchasing tickets isn't required when you're in the area either; you'll find live tunes galore south of the river, with plenty of bars and pubs providing an array of live performances to accompany your evening in the bay.
For a couple of drinks with a view, plus two rooms of live music throughout the week, you can't go past Hotel Esplanade, lovingly know as The Espy. A consistent program of live acts, both local and international, take over the Gershwin Room and Basement throughout the week, as well as open mic nights and comedy session added into the mix.
The Prince Bandroom has been hosting crowds for more than 45 years and its intimate, beachside location provides concert goers with a totally unique experience. From punk, dance, folk and RnB, Prince plays host to a range of acts, making it a staple in the fabric of St Kilda's live music offering.
You can't go past the Palais when talking about iconic Melbourne live music venues. Originally a movie theatre, now the largest seated theatre in the country, the Palais is not only an architectural giant but one of the most beloved, historic venues for live music in the state. From Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ed Sheeran, Shirley Bassey, TLC, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, as well as a variety of stand-up comedy and dance performances, there's always a unique experience to be found at the Palais.
If you're after a cocktail, Captain Baxter is a must on the to-do list. Boasting the title of St Kilda's first beachside cocktail and lounge, you'll find many a cocktail shaker, gourmet food and free live music to accompany scenic ocean views.
Whatever your plans are for your visit to Melbourne, a night in St Kilda is a must. For unforgettable seaside views, incredible food and drink offerings and some of the country's most iconic live music destinations, it simply cannot be beat.