On a city-end corner of Swan Street beneath the train line sits a long and celebrated tradition of live music. The Corner Hotel, which is also pleasant for a rooftop drink, has a modest band room (and by modest, we mean it holds around 800 punters) that has housed some of the world’s biggest music names, including Mick Jagger, David Gilmour, The White Stripes, Ben Harper, Crowded House and Queens of the Stone Age.
It’s been a live music venue since the 1940s, and its current owners (who are also involved in the Northcote Social Club) have been at the helm for 14 years and counting. The Corner hosts shows at which you’ll be jumping around, and even on stage with the band if you’re lucky. And it hosts shows where the entire room is seated (sometimes on the sticky carpet, sometimes at specially set-up tables), enjoying the clear view. Either way, you’re best to avoid at all costs the large pillar in the centre of the room.
The Corner Hotel is iconic in Melbourne’s live music scene. Bands clearly love the atmosphere, and fans clearly love the venue; without doubt, if you’re a live music fan in Melbourne you’ll have been there more than once already.