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Make a night of it:

The Murlocs and Close Counters

Looking for places in Melbourne to hang out at before and after this show at the Bowl? The beauty of these gigs is that they’re an early start and an early finish, so you can pack some good times in around either side of them.

If you’re heading in to see Close Counters and The Murlocs, well, you’ve got great taste. Let the trippy house sounds of Close Counters wash over you, then segue into the charismatic rockin’ blues sounds of The Murlocs. Makes sense then to have a pre-show cocktail at Double Happiness in Liverpool Street. This longtime laneway bar is full of kooky, kitschy charm. Stop in for a Great Leap Forward – a zippy blend of house-made lychee vodka, mint, lime and ginger.

Alternatively, you could take a great leap forward to Section 8, another famous laneway bar. Made out of a shipping container, there is plenty of space here to perch in their urban beer garden. Double down on the coolness with a frozen margarita – only $10 if you show your ticket.

Now that you’re sorted with pre-dinner drinks, best get to the dinner part. How does a stacked burger from Beast CBD, the city outpost of the legendary music venue, the B.East, sound? They’re also offering ticketholders a great deal – get a Super Junior burger and Estrella beer for just $19, as well as cocktails for $12.

If you’re short on time and want to hang out somewhere closer to the Bowl, why not saddle up at the classic Transport Public Bar in Fed Square? You’re right in the heart of the Square, so you can soak up the river views with a couple of brews, order up a pizza or some fries with sriracha salt – an excellent bar snack.

By the time the show ends, the harmonica and the husky vocals of The Murlocs will be summoning up swampy visions of the US in your head. Order up some drinks, a Creole salmon cutlet with rice and greens, or a Coney Island chilli dog at the all-day Butcher’s Diner. The bonus of going on a Monday is that their daily special is a baked French dip sandwich. You’re welcome.

Feel the need to finish the evening with a nightcap and a hearty discussion about the bands you’ve seen? Aim your boots at Whisky Den, a cosy bar specialising in Australian and Japanese whiskies. It’s just around the corner from The Forum, yet another phenomenal music venue. Fitting, right?


Happy Mondays
is a celebration of what Melbourne does best: live music. Every Monday night in February, two iconic music venues unite to curate a gig at the Bowl. The month-long series channels the spirit of a classic pub residency with some of the best local acts.

Part of Live at the Bowl’s partnership with Melbourne Music Week–Extended.

Murlocks itinerary