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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Bars for your live music fix in Cairns

If music runs through your veins, a good weekend out probably includes a myriad of local acts and live bands with friends. This weekend in Cairns, don’t just sit at home and listen to your vinyls; these three bars in Cairns are jam-packed with live music options whether you prefer jazz, acoustic or rock. Get your dancing shoes on and head out this weekend to meet some new friends as well as being treated to the smooth tunes of local Cairns bands. We’ve found the best bars for all of your musical cravings, so read on for our recommendations!

Bourbon St Bistro & Bar

LIsten to blues with Matt Anglis, Bourbon St Bistro and Bar - Cairns
LIsten to blues with Matt Anglim, Bourbon St Bistro & Bar – Cairns

Bourbon Street Bistro and Bar is a Cajun restaurant and bar near the waterfront in Cairns. If you’re after some live music in a laid-back setting, this is the venue for you! If you visit the bistro, you’ll be able to sit down to an incredible authentic meal as you listen to the sound of live artists on the stage. The locals love the New Orleans Style Gumbo and Jambalaya packed with flavour and fresh ingredients. Other southern style meals include the fried chicken drumlettes served in their house Cajun spice mix with mustard aioli and hot sauce.

On stage you’ll find a range of local artists, from soul bands playing with bongos to calm acoustics. Order yourself a cocktail or fresh beer and a platter of oysters while you sit back and relax listening to the rhythm of live music. Head down this Saturday night to hear blues singer Phil Anglim from 7pm, for a soulful night out. This is the perfect venue if you have an eclectic taste in music and prefer the sounds of soul and blues to DJs and drums.
Where: 12 Spence Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Woolshed Chargrill & Saloon Bar

Matt Caseli live this Friday, The Woolshed - Cairns
Matt Caseli live this Friday, The Woolshed Chargrill & Bar – Cairns

For a high-energy night out with live bands and dancing, head down to the Woolshed Chargrill & Saloon Bar in the centre of Cairns. This is a bar loved by locals and party animals looking for live music and DJs alongside their favourite cocktails. Eat a quick meal in the new alfresco dining area and then head inside to join the party with a drink in hand. Each week they have different bands, soloists and DJs performing for a variety of different musical tastes.

Visit the Woolshed Chargrill & Saloon Bar this Friday night to enjoy the sounds of DJ Rupheo for the perfect dance floor music. If you just can’t get enough and still need somewhere to party on Saturday night, don’t miss out on Matt Caseli – an Ibiza legend – taking over the decks at the Woolshed Chargrill & Saloon Bar. This is the perfect venue for a big night out with some great tunes.
Where: 24 Shields Street, Cairns QLD 4870

PJ O’Briens Irish Pub

The best cover bands, PJ O'Briens Irish Pub - Cairns
The best cover bands, PJ O’Briens Irish Pub – Cairns

If your ideal Friday night features a pint of Guinness and a quality live cover band, you’ll love the atmosphere at PJ O’Briens Irish Pub. This Irish pub is one of the best venues in town for a fun Friday night out with friends to wind down from your week at work. Step inside this intimate Irish themed pub and order yourself a drink from the friendly bartenders, and you’ll find it’s an awesome spot to have a drink and chat with your mates. If you’re hungry you can even order one of their $14 meal deals, that includes a full sized traditional pub meal and pot of beer, glass of wine or basic spirit.

This Friday night the popular local cover band Big Noise will be playing at PJ O’Briens Irish Pub from 10.30pm, so pop down with your mates after work or drop in after grabbing dinner. You’ll enjoy the sounds of this three piece band playing everything from the pub classics to modern favourites as you sip on your favourite beer or refreshing drink. Don’t sit at home listening to the radio when you can listen to a huge variety of music live at PJ O’Briens Irish Pub.
Where: 87 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

If you’re looking for somewhere to grab dinner beforehand, why don’t you check out the best yum cha restaurants in Cairns!

Are we missing your favourite local act? Comment and let us know where you’ll be listening to some sweet tunes this weekend.

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