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The Brunswick music venues you should be checking out

By Jamil Allouche

If you're looking for a Brunswick property, you're probably already aware that this Melbourne suburb has a lively social scene catering for almost any taste in food, music or art. The people who call Brunswick home represent a wide range of cultures so it's not surprising that the entertainment does too.

Venues in Brunswick offer gigs almost any night of the week, and bring you local and international acts side by side. Here's our selection of top music venues worth checking out.

1. The Howler

Once a ramshackle train shed, The Howler popped up in 2013 and is credited as the beginning of a reformed Brunswick music scene. They have a main bar as well as a room out back where bands play. It's always busy and offers a range of entertainment. You'll find local and international performers here, but there may also be a movie showing. If you get there early you can make use of the beer garden when the Melbourne summer hits. 

2. The Spotted Mallard

A live music venue that is also big on its food and drink offering, The Spotted Mallard caters to local visitors and gig goers in equal measure. The menu is full of South American options, including plenty of veggie dishes, and they proudly sell a range of local craft beer. They have multiple gigs throughout the week, along with resident bands to keep the music flowing at all times. 

3. Rubix Warehouse

In business since 2009, at Rubix you'll find a great big warehouse party. Mostly focused on drum-and-bass, electric and techno music, Rubix does gigs on a large scale. The interior is edgy urban cool with high ceilings and strobe lighting. Multiple rooms are available individually or combined for any event from live music to a DJ set.

4. The Jazzlab

The Jazzlab is a cosy venue, open seven nights a week and attracting renowned performers from all over Australia and worldwide. It's a relative newcomer to the scene having only opened in 2017. Anything is welcome, from classic jazz to contemporary creativity. The club seats 216 listeners, remaining intimate and ensuring everyone has a good view of the musicians. Rubix's owner has over 25 years experience in the industry and is all about jazz as an art form. 

5. Retreat Hotel

The Retreat Hotel offers a different vibe to some of the other Brunswick offerings by bringing in folk and country artists. You can mix up your visit with a cocktail in the upstairs bar, a craft beer in the spacious garden, or by taking a front row spot at the stage.

6. Round and Round Records

Not a gig venue but somewhere you need to know about if you're into the Brunswick music scene. Round and Round Records is vinyl heaven. They deal in all sorts of genres from popular classics to rare issues. You can pop in and see what gems you stumble across, ask them to sell your vinyl for you, or see what other advice they can offer you.

7. Brunswick Music Festival

A staple on the Brunswick calendar now for over 30 years, the music festival invites diverse musicians to a range of Brunswick venues. There are a number of free events to ensure the festival is accessible to everyone, as well as a street party on Sydney Road. It's not just experienced performers that benefit, with development events also an important part of the festival.

For more information about the properties we have on offer, contact Ray White Brunswick today to start your search.

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