10 Best Live Music Venues in Sydney

Looking to find the Best Live Music Venues in Sydney? We've got you covered with our top 10 list including The Little Guy, Leadbelly and many more.

10. The Little Guy – Glebe

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Since the closure of Mr.Falcon’s (boo), The Little Guy has taken the spot as one of the best Live Music Venues in Sydney. An intimate venue (picture candlelit rooms) serving a never ending supply of free popcorn to go along with your craft beer or cocktail, The Little Guy delivers every time.

You can find The Little Guy at 87 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

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9. Venue 505 – Surry Hills

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Great bands, cosy couches and well priced drinks; cue Venue 505. This artist run Live Music Venue creates a unique New York vibe and serves up jazz, rock, funk, afro-beat, dance and world music. Opening its doors 6 nights a week, Venue 505 ranks as one of the Best Live Music Venues in Sydney.

You can find Venue 505 at 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

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8. Gasoline Pony – Marrickville

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We love this place! If you’re in town grabbing a pork roll, why not take a load off and strap yourself in for some of Sydney’s best alternative music at The Gasoline Pony. Accommodating Sydney’s up and coming artists, you won’t be disappointed with the music, atmosphere or the eclectic decor. P.S. the dumplings are pretty awesome too.

You can find Gasoline Pony at 115 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

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7. STEKI Taverna – Newtown

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Bringing the atmosphere of a traditional Greek taverna to Newtown, STEKI’s serves up beautiful Greek cuisine with a sprinkling of live music that always draws a crowd and affirms this taverna as one of the Best Live Music Venues in Sydney. Keen to hear 3 guys on the stage playing the bazouki (google it) and belting out traditional Greek tunes? Check out STEKI’s Taverna.

You can find Steki Taverna at 2 O’Connell St, Newtown

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6. Soda Factory – Surry Hills

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Dollar dogs, free movie nights and jukebox Thursday’s..yes, we’re talking about The Soda Factory. Not only is this a great place to take your Tinder date, but it’s also a pretty rad night out. During the week, you’ll find a happy hour between 5-7 PM and a whole host of food specials whereas, come the weekend, the dance floor opens up for some debauchery.

You can find Soda Factory at 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

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5. Leadbelly – Newtown


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Formerly The Vanguard, Leadbelly is a little different from your usual live music hangout. Boasting an impressive cocktail menu and a food menu that won’t require cutlery, we’re impressed with the transformation of the old Vanguard.

Be sure to check out live gigs at Leadbelly Thursday through till Saturday for free.

You can find Leadbelly at 42 King St, Newtown

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4. Frankie’s pizza – CBD

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Famous for its wood fired pizza by the slice, live music and pinball machines, Frankie’s pizza is a hit any night of the week. Feeling adventurous? Why not check out the hidden bar within Frankie’s pizza that’s aptly named; Frankie’s Fun Room. Keep an eye out for the glowing escape sign not too far from the pinball machines and you’ll find the hidden door to access Frankie’s Fun Room.

You can find Frankie’s Pizza at 50 Hunter St, Sydney CBD

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3. Valve Bar – Ultimo


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Set over 3 levels and situated just outside Sydney’s Lockout Zone, Valve Bar is surely one of the Best Live Music Venues in Sydney. Formerly situated in Tempe, Valve Bar’s new home accommodates over 350 people and has a license to stay open until 4am – yay.

Whilst The Valve Bar is known for it’s rock and indie line up’s, it also hosts emerging artists ranging from Dubstep to House.

You can find The Valve Bar at 871 George St, Ultimo

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2. Lazy Bones Lounge – Marrickville

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Located in the heart of Marrickville, Lazy Bones Lounge is reminiscent of a New York jazz bar with it’s ambience and impressive selection of cocktails. Featuring a decent number of live music acts each week, it’s welcoming atmosphere makes it, in our eyes, one of the Best Live Music Venues in Sydney.

You can find Lazy Bones Lounge at 294 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville  

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1. The Newsagency – Marrickville


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Number 1 on our list of Best Live Music Venues in Sydney, and our personal favourite is The Newsagency. Having moved from it’s Marrickville venue, The Newsagency is now situated aobve Wayward Brewery and holds up to 100 people.

BYO food and drinks makes this a pretty special place where music is definitely the focus. Dimly lit with school chairs, couches and milk crates to take in the vibes, The Newsagency is dedicated to showcasing Australian independent musicians and is definitely worthy of a visit.

You can find The Newsagency at 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Annandale

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