5 Best Live Music Venues In Byron Bay

It is an East Coast gem – a place renowned world wide for it’s casual attitude and cultural diversity. Byron Bay is a name that few would struggle to recognise for reasons other than it’s rich music scene.

However, being a key stop-off on many regional tours and a musical stronghold in it’s own right, Byron Bay is worth taking a closer look during your next trip up the East Coast. Here are 5 of the best places (but by no means all of them) to view live music in Byron Bay.


Treehouse on Belongil

Treehouse is a restaurant and bar during the day, located a few minutes north of the Byron CBD. Every Thursday through Saturday nights it comes alive with a diverse range of musical acts. Showcasing some of the regions best talents in a chilled out, intimate atmosphere a stone’s throw from the beautiful Belongil Beach, this is one of the lesser known venues that makes up a large part of the musical Byron pie.



The Rails

A great little pub located on the rail line cutting through the town, The Rails hosts many chilled and upbeat acts, both originals and covers, suited to the outdoor venue experience. Great meals, great beers on tap, and a minutes’ walk to the center of town to crawl onto the next musical experience at…


The Smith Street Band @ Northern Hotel

The Smith Street Band @ Northern Hotel

The Northern

Boasting the best backroom in the region, The Northern is the capital city venue outside the capital cities. Though not limited to, if you’re into rock this is the place you’ll want to find yourself on many touring band occasions. Huge sound, huge stage, and huge bands are what you’ll find when you time your Northern visit right. Having recently been visited by Australian favourites The Smith Street Band and Melbourne heavy rockers King of the North, and soon to be visited by arguably Australia’s biggest rock band Karnivool, The Northern proves itself worthy of stopping off at on your East coast tour of Australia.



The Beach Hotel

Sit down, soothe your soul with laid back beats/melodies and a cold one while your eyes soak up the views over main beach toward Julian Rocks. The Beach Hotel (The Beachy) wears the title of Australia’s most eastern pub, and a notable live music venue in it’s own right. Major Australian tours stop off here just as deservedly as The Northern, and the pub accommodates well in terms of sound quality, atmosphere and location.


Oka @ Hotel Brunswick

Oka @ Hotel Brunswick


Hotel Brunswick

Not quite Byron Bay, but if you’re trekking hundreds or even thousands of kilometers to visit the region, what’s another fifteen minutes drive, right? This historic and iconic hotel is placed on the river in Brunswick Heads, 20kms North of Byron Bay and is a must-see of a Sunday afternoon. Whether it’s local favourites like A Little Province or Oka luring the crowds from the hills and packing the place out, or bigger names like Tijuana Cartell filling the picturesque courtyard to capacity, you’re guaranteed the perfect family friendly atmosphere to enjoy the best that music has to offer your soul. Note that this is our editors favourite pub in the world


David Andreas


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