30 January 2020
5 OF THE BEST LIVE MUSIC SPOTS AROUND APOLLO BAYby SUZIE VERMEULEN
If you love music, but want a break from the city, make time to experience the robust live music scene on the Great Ocean Road.
South Coast venues have a long established reputation for hosting quality bands and solo artists of different genres; creating a vibrant atmosphere for locals and holiday makers.
To top it off, there's great food and tasty local beverages; making it an experience for all the senses.
Plan yourself a long weekend away so you can take your time driving down from the city (there are lots of things to see and do along the way).
Here are some of my favorite live music spots that you should definitely visit around Apollo Bay.
You never know - you just might discover your new favorite band!
1. Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay
This local pub with beer garden hosts live music every Saturday night with no cover charge. It's a great chance to see established and emerging local musicians perform; whilst enjoying an award-winning meal and regional craft beer. There's also free live music every day around the Christmas/New Year period. Bring your friends on a road trip and enjoy getting to know the locals!
2. Cuda Bar and Restaurant
This Lorne establishment has live music on the weekends, as well as a DJ, so the place appeals to all ages. There's a great selection of beer on tap, plus an adventurous cocktail list. The building has several balconies with ocean views, so if you need a break from dancing, you can cool down with a fresh sea breeze.
3. Otway Estate Bar & Cafe
Just 10 minutes from Colac deep in the Otways, this venue is fast gaining a reputation for weekend live music. Grab a regionally made Prickly Moses beer (a favourite with the locals), a delicious wood fired pizza and kick back and enjoy the entertainment. Depending on the time of year, they may open up the deck area and have the bands play outside. The bar is open until 10pm on Thursdays, 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and during the day on Sundays.
4. 'Meadow' music festival (March 27-29, 2020)
More than 20 independent performers are lined up for this year's three-day festival in Bambra, including Frankie Cosmos, Emily Wurramara and Swazi Gold. Held in a meadow 'bowl' in the majestic hinterland (they give you the address when you purchase your ticket), the festival is just 90 minutes from Melbourne and 20 minutes inland from Lorne. Local legend has it that a black panther (it's so famous that a Prickly Moses beer has been named after it) lives in the forest, so keep your eyes peeled!
5. Apollo Bay Seafood Festival (February 14-16, 2020)
Held in February each year, this festival is not only a celebration of the fresh seafood from local waters, it's popular for it's quality live music, too. Click here for event information.
*To find out more about live music and other events happening across the region, click here.
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