Live Music

The Espy has always been, and always will be, the home of live music & arts in St Kilda.

Live gigs, open mic nights & comedy sessions are all in the mix, take a look at what’s happening below.

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General Music

  • Music Venue
  • Gershwin Room
  • The Basement
  • Comedy Stage
  • Wine & Dine

Hotel Esplanade – The Best St Kilda Live Music Venue

You know about our fine food, our 12 bars set over 5 floors, our seaside location and extraordinary interior – but did you know that Hotel Esplanade is also considered one of the best live music venues Melbourne has to offer? Hotel Esplanade has served as a haven for live music in St Kilda since the 1920s.With a consistent programme of the live music both local and international across both the Gershwin Room and Basement, The Espy always has and always will be the home of live music.
Since the hotel very first opened its doors more than 140 years ago, it has served to be a haven of fun and laughter, where people from St Kilda, wider Melbourne and even further afield came to eat, drink and be merry.

After reopening and renovating in 2018, we’ve taken the fun and laughter to a whole new level, providing a consistent programme of the best live music gigs and comedy shows week in, week out across our 3 stages.

The Gershwin Room

Central to the hotel’s long-standing reputation as a leading venue for live music gigs is the Gershwin Room. Many have fond memories of catch well-known national and international acts in the Gershwin Room and you too can make your own memories here.

We are consistently lucky enough to host some awesome artists here, with some established stars from around the globe choosing to make the Gershwin Room a key stop on their tour of Melbourne and Australia. Of late, Jungle, Russell Morris and Band, William Crighton, Mansonair, Ruby Fields and Local Natives are just some of the many acts to grace the stage.

The Basement

Catering to the best local acts and talent, The Basement presents a great selection of weekly live music gigs from some of the best live music gigs in Melbourne. Live music from local talent and best of all, all Basement gigs are completely free to attend. Nothing quite beats a live gig and shows at The Basement provide something for everyone.

Genres covered range from 60’s garage rock and surf to rhythm and blues, jazz to pure rock ‘n’ roll and much more. The Basement is the place to catch Melbourne’s most exciting acts in an intimate setting.

The Comedy Stage
Comedy coming soon.

The Comedy Stage

Complementing our reputation as one of the leading venues for live music St Kilda wide is our programme of stand-up and comedy gigs. We wanted to raise the roof with laughter – literally – and so felt it was time to make laughter a full-time element of our entertainment offering. Catch a laugh with some of Australia’s best up-and-coming and established comedy acts and stars at Hotel Esplanade.

Wine & Dine 7 Days a Week

Enjoy some fine foods before taking in one of the best Melbourne gigs by dining in one of our two top restaurants. Espy Kitchen is our go-to restaurant for pub classic dishes, grilled meats, wood-fired pizza and seafood while our Mya Tiger restaurant is considered one of the best Cantonese restaurants in wider Melbourne. Cantonese dishes are complimented by an equally impressive cocktail menu.

If you fancy a drink pre, during or post gig, you can indulge in whatever tipple you fancy at any of our 12 St Kilda bars. From handpicked wines to craft beers, signature cocktails to in-house aged spirits, you will be truly spoilt for choice.