Live Music Venues in Wellington You Should Know Of

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, knows how to entertain both tourists and locals! From comedy nights to pulsating dance parties, live music performances, and more, there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to party on the weekend or have a beer and chill while listening to amazing music after a stressful day, we’ve got you covered. Below are eight live music venues you should consider checking out in Wellington.

Meow

Located on 9 Edward Street in Te Aro, Meow is a space for live music enthusiasts to fulfill their wishes to experience the best live music in Wellington. Expect everything from energetic DJ sets and rock music to indie musicians taking the Meow to entertain its attendees. British electronic music duo Snakehips, best known for the tracks ‘All My Friends,’ ‘Cruel,’ and ‘Don’t Leave,’ have also played at this Wellington venue in 2019.

Meow has welcomed incredible acts like the Christchurch indie pop rock outfit Pretty Stooked, The Grogans, English folk and punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner, a thumping DJ set from Amy Jean, Wellington rock band This Silent Divide, and Sydney-based ARIA-nominated ethno-jazz band Zela Margossian Quintet over the past year. Singer-songwriter and producer Arjuna Oakes from Wellington, DJ/producer Eden Burns and Nice Girl, Aotearoa-based jazz band The Circling Band, and Yuko-Zuna Daft Punk have also brought the house down at Meow.

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Ivy Bar

Ivy Bar, “Wellington’s favorite queer bar,” has been opening its doors to the queer community for over a decade. Intending to create a place for everyone to be themselves, Ivy Bar has opened its doors as a safe space for the queer community to have a great time. From drag shows and comedy gigs to intimate jazz nights, movie nights, drag battles, and karaoke, the entertainment doesn’t end at Ivy Bar! You can pick your song for the night while enjoying amazing cocktails on Tuesdays at this venue.

Local queer comedians will bring tears to your eyes with laughter, dragsters will battle for the king or queen crown, belt out your favorite tunes at karaoke nights with cheap drinks, and win an opportunity to enter giveaways, take home prizes, and play games at Ivy Bar. 1989 Taylor’s Version the re-release drag show, ANTI-PAGEANT – the search for Aotearao’s Drag Monster, Queerable Arts (fashion show), POC Performers of Color – A drag show dedicated to BIPOC, and Barbie Drag Show are among the events that took place at Ivy Bar in the last few weeks. Brace yourself to catch former RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under contestants Yuri and Flor at the venue on November 25!

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The Fringe Bar 

Musicians, comedians, and poets are all welcome to showcase their skills at The Fringe Bar for an unforgettable night. The venue hosts an assortment of events for you to choose from, such as live music, poetry recitals, cabarets, and comedy nights. The Fringe Bar has a welcoming atmosphere and will make you want to keep coming back. Sketch comedy, jazz sessions, film screenings, open acoustic mic, theater, musical comedy, karaoke, burlesque night, poetry, and stand-up comedy can also be a part of your night at The Fringe Bar. New Zealand International Comedy Festival and New Zealand Fringe Festival shows also took place at this astonishing venue.

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Eva Pub

Pair delicious drinks with the yummy food at Eva Pub to elevate your live music experience! Scrumptious pizzas, nachos, and juicy burgers will fill you with delight, while music nights will deliver some of the best entertainment you’ve witnessed in a while. In addition to spectacular live music gigs, Eva Pub also hosts Onesie Party, quizzes with an opportunity to win amazing prizes, Capital Fetish Ball: Kings & Queens, The Big Queer Retro Party and shows for NZ’s massive outdoor arts and music festival CubaDupa. Comedians, those interested in spoken word, and musicians can all exhibit their skills at the open mic at Eva Pub.

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San Fran

San Fran brings you a wide range of musical genres with a lively atmosphere to transform your mood and fill you with a lovely dose of killer live music. From grooving to electronic dance music to bobbing your head to rock music, fans of multiple genres can have a great time at San Fran. Rising stars from all around the world to local artists who have cemented themselves as among the best in New Zealand have all graced the San Fran stage. With a lovely selection of local and imported beer, you can sit back and enjoy live bands taking charge of the venue. Also enjoy mouth-watering food and snacks to keep you energized all night.

Cozy seating, cutting-edge sound system, and lights will only make your experience better at this Wellington live music venue. All these features of San Fran, combined with its rich history in music, will make you want more! NZ musician Troy Kingi, Colorado-based Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, Regina-based (Canada) folk-bluegrass musical ensemble The Dead South, musical duo Broods’ Georgia, Australian surf rock band Hockey Dad, English singer-songwriter, and guitarist Blanco White, and indie rock band Great Gable, among other thrilling acts will be on their way to the venue in the coming months and the new year.

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The Hunter Lounge

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, who performed at The 2012 London Olympics and the Wembley Arena, are set to perform at The Hunter Lounge in Wellington on November 17. The live music bar and venue also host corporate events and are available for private hire. Its dance floor and brilliant stage are perfect for a number of occasions, from dance music events for party animals to Christmas parties or even weddings! Their hot and yummy pizzas are a must-try.

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The Grand

The Grand, among the best live music venues in Wellington, breathes life into every event that takes place at the massive building with five levels of outstanding food, beverages, and entertainment. The venue provides tourists, seasoned event-goers, and locals with an unforgettable experience. Upon entering the venue, you will be captivated by its elegant features and beautiful architecture. The Grand is a must-visit venue in Wellington to have a memorable experience with your friends, family, or loved ones. Relax with a beverage of your choice, including wine, cocktails, or craft beer, and enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this space. 

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Siglo

For live music enthusiasts fond of acoustic music, Siglo’s unmatched acoustics and intimate setting will provide a wonderfully immersive experience. With its industrial chic design, this Wellington-based venue hosts impressive Kiwi musicians, EDM, and indie rock acts and also fosters underground artists from a wide range of genres. Dance until your feet hurt to DJ sets that set the dancefloor ablaze and indulge in Siglo’s food offerings to your heart’s desire. You will be enthralled by the live music performances at Siglo with their top-notch sound.

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