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If music is food for the soul, then Wellington is a buffet

In the mood to groove? Want to hear some live music while on your cultural holiday in New Zealand? Check out our top three live music venues in Wellington.

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Are you in the mood to groove? Nestled in the far south of the North Island, Wellington is not only the political capital of New Zealand but also its cultural capital. Make a pit stop on your cultural holiday to investigate the smorgasbord of bars and restaurants dotted around the city, and the thriving abundance of venues playing live music.

If you're in the mood to give your ears a workout and let your hair down, check out our list of the top three places to go in Wellington to listen to live music.


Famous for its retro vibes and cosy ambience, Meow is a favourite amongst hip local Wellingtonians. Expect to hear some awesome jazz, roots, alternative pop and electronica from local and international acts.

Meow also offers some great craft beers and an extensive wine list to help loosen up your limbs. There's usually live music playing from Wednesday through to Sunday, but be sure check their gig guide for more details.

The Rogue and Vagabond

Something of an institution for the music lovers of Wellington, The Rogue and Vagabond has an impressive selection of craft beers and some tasty, creatively named bar food. In summer, the bar extends out into the park, and if you're quick you can grab a beanbag and enjoy listening to some tunes in the sun.

From Thursday through to Sunday, there's a great line up of local artists playing a soulful selection of jazz, blues, funk and country.

San Fran

Historically a bastion of pure rock, San Fran has recently diversified into a cultural hub offering a variety of entertainment, including live music from a multitude of genres playing Wednesday through to Sunday. There's a good selection of local and foreign beers on tap to enjoy while you get your boogie on to some fantastic New Zealand and international acts playing rock, roots, hip-hop, drum and bass and more.