MOONSHINE at Hotel Steyne
75 The Corso, Manly
Representing the northern beaches, MOONSHINE runs from Thursday to Sunday at Hotel Steyne. The band space is just large enough to accommodate a loyal horde of regulars. In the past few years, MOONSHINE has secured The Preatures, DZ Deathrays and Dappled Cities. There’s also a spattering of local emerging talent on display.
Rare Finds at The Sly Fox
199 Enmore Road, Enmore
After last week’s popular inaugural Rare Finds #1, this indie night is poised to snowball. It’s all about nurturing Sydney’s indie music, and doing it for free. The Sly Fox is the ideal host, always reliable for a great late night. Rare Finds #2 will host Hey Geronimo, Sea Legs and Polish Club.
The Vic Enmore
2 Addison Road, Enmore
For inner-westerners, The Vic needs no introduction. With the pub’s reopening in 2012, Vic On The Park began providing outdoor jams. Huge acts have played here, including You Am I, Sticky Fingers and The Vines. If you haven’t been, it’s time.
The Little Guy
87 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Thursday nights mean Shake The Shackles: Blues and Roots. This weekly jam has been running for years. The vibe meanders from soulful blues to floor-stomping bluegrass. House beers rotate regularly, but the complimentary popcorn remains.
280 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
One of Sydney’s most respected jazz venues, Venue 505 attracts big talent. Much of its program is ticketed, or free for members. But Monday and Tuesday nights are completely free. Mondays provide a chilled soundtrack for you to play backgammon, or any number of board games to. Tuesdays are all about moving to “Old School Cool”.
153A King Street, Newtown
Newtown’s narrowest establishment is essentially a terrace house with a well-stocked bar. Upstairs in the converted master bedroom there’s live music every Tuesday to Thursday. Blues and jazz driven, these weeknights can get surprisingly raucous. You’re going be knocking elbows and knees, even with the performers.
92 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Appropriately dark and mellow, The Maltese Falcon feels like your cool uncle’s record room. Most nights there’s a small, jazzy huddle in the corner. Gadjo Guitars has taken up a Wednesday residency, offering consistently soul-warming Gypsy Jazz. Sink into the couches and soak up some mulled wine.
DOWNTOWN Bar at The Commons
32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Beneath The Commons’ towering dining hall, DOWNTOWN Bar blasts blues and jazz. The Blues Night is spread over Wednesday and Thursday, with a New Orleans vibe. Saturday night is East Coast Jazz, well paired to the décor. Cocktails are essential.
Waywards at The Bank Hotel
Level 2, 324 King Street, Newtown
Friday evenings mean Waywards in the upstairs bar at the often overlooked Bank. This weekly music event is characterised by funky tones, but with glimpses of rock and house. It’s all about local bands and DJs, with the intimate dance floor bordered by chesterfield couches for dance breaks.
Mr B’s Hotel
396 Pitt Street, Sydney
On the outside of Thaitown, Mr B’s Hotel is perfectly confusing. Its three levels are typically filled with an eclectic bunch of lost tourists, boisterous bikies and business-suit types. There for either the late Thai menu, or for live music – everybody is dancing, every night of the week. There is a focus on funk, but each set is split up by DJ interludes.