David “Frankie” Cudmore and Brodie Brümmer are familiar names on Melbourne’s live music scene. They’ve played in bands (Brümmer is the lead singer in Flyying Colours), mixed sound at gigs, controlled live lighting and poured drinks behind bars. The duo previously worked together at the Brunswick Hotel, which closed after a freak accident, before opening live music bar The Bergy Seltzer one block down.

The Bergy is a go-to for locals – hosting comedy nights, DJs and bands of all genres. The cavernous space has a 250-capacity bandroom with two bars and an all-conditions beer garden. It’s the perfect size for established and emerging local bands to put on a great show, as well as international acts who might not be able to pull huge numbers in Australia yet.

Performing artists get the luxury of a spacious green room, huge stage and customisable lighting set-ups. Importantly, there’s a topnotch sound system in place and the room has been acoustically treated, so bands of all shapes and sizes sound fantastic.

Best of all, the venue has a late licence, so there’s no mass exodus once the headliner finishes playing. Plenty of time for punters to stick around, grab a drink and meet the bands.

When you’re not catching a gig, the beer garden out the back has plenty of capacity – with a retractable roof, heaters and a pool table in place for the cooler months.

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Updated: September 12th, 2023

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