Live Local music and great bars in Geelong


Geelong has some great hidden nightlife, with plenty of great bars, taverns, nightclubs and cultural activities to suit all moods and tastes whether you feel like some pumping dance beats or cosy couch acoustics.

Geelong comes alive after dark, there are live music venues and nightclubs where you can dance and party until the sun comes up. If you’re looking for somewhere to watch the sport on the big screen or have a quiet drink after work, Geelong’s welcoming pubs are fantastic.

For indie music lovers the Nash or National Hotel in Moorabool street is a must see and has played host to many of Australia’s big indie bands over the years. It has a friendly, laid back atmosphere with old couches and quirky artworks. Similar places include Beav’s in Little Malop Street, Tannin Lounge tucked away in Rock O’Cashels Lane, The Opium Bar in James Street and the Wrong Crowd near the old Geelong Hotel.

Speaking of which is great for a meal, a beer and popular for live local music. For the more traditional pubs renowned for their fantastic cheap meals, you could also check out the Carlton Hotel in Malop Street or the Max, the Carrington, Scottish Chiefs and Bended Elbow on Yarra street.

Also fitting into this category is The Sir Charles Darling and Lord Nelson both in Bellarine Street, but there’s also another hidden treasure, the Bush Inn tucked in behind the huge TAC building in Corio Street.

For those wanting some nightclubbing action, Room 99 on Ryrie and Rush underground in Moorabool street attract a young enthusiastic crowd. There’s also Blue Martini Lounge in James Street with it’s RnB funky lounge and spectacular light shows. The Edge is on our waterfront, attracting huge crowds towards the end of the week. Lamby’s is another spot located under the National Wool Centre.

For cosy little bars check out the Four Points Sheraton, The Mecure and Geelong’s dining institution the Rheingold Bavarian Restaurant with its German inspired Cellar Bar that is jam packed with the likes of schnapps and of course ever impressive German Beer.

Growing in popularity is the City Quarter high above Cunningham Pier and overlooking the magnificent waterfront and city skyline. Mr Hyde located between the Carlton Hotel and Rheingold offers amazing cocktails and cool sounds.

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