The city centre is home to plenty of venues that host various live music events. From DJs and live bands to opera and classical music, there is something for everyone and every taste. 

Cassette nine Live Music

Tunes, vibes and DJs Wednesday to Saturday at Cassette Nine 

Attracting a range of quality musicians, performing anything from gentle indie rock to party beats, Cassette Nine on Vulcan Lane has an epic schedule of live music gigs every week! Check out their full line-up of events here.

Candlelight Music Series

Candlelight Music Series at St Matthew-in-the-City 

Perhaps not what you would typically think when it comes to live music in the city, the Candlelight Music series is a unique, emotive experience. Set under the iconic high vaulted ceilings of St Matthew-in-the-city, this majestic experience is a must-try. Keep an eye out, here, for event dates.

Jazz Wynyard Grill

Live music on Thursdays at Wynyard Grill 

Live jazz makes for easy listening and creates a uniquely magical atmosphere. Every Thursday night, Wynyard Grill brings live jazz music so that you can get your fix. Order a cheese board, glass of wine, and be mesmerised by the music. 

Live music at The Occidental

Lively beats Friday to Sunday at The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe

Conveniently located on Vulcan Lane, The Occidental brings traditional Belgian fare to the city centre. On Friday and Saturday evenings, they host an epic line-up of lively beats, plus they’ve got mouth-watering Belgian beers and traditional pub favourites on hand – so be sure to head there with an empty stomach and dancing shoes at the ready! You can see their line-up of events, here.


Cocktails and Jazz on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at Caretaker 

Caretaker is Birtomart's moody bar, fitted out with cosy tables, leather seas smoky mirrors and dark woods. This hidden gem is modelled off the classic cocktail lounges of New York, so a live jazz band makes perfect sense. Venture underground and embrace the experience as you sip on your custom cocktail and appreciate the music. 

Live Jukebox at Lula Inn

A real-life jukebox band and talented local artists on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at The Lula Inn 

Perched in the heart of Princes Wharf, The Lula Inn is one of the city’s liveliest music venues. They host a real-life jukebox band every Thursday, playing nothing but songs requested by you, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, they welcome talented local artists to the stage. 

Champagne and Opera

Champagne & Opera on Friday evenings at Bellini Bar 

Bellini bar brings a sunset hour of opera to the city centre every Friday. Sip on champagne and make a toast to class as you listen to some of New Zealand’s most talented opera singers. 

The Mothership

Live bands and world-class DJs at the Mothership 

The Mothership, located in the old Impala Club venue (7 Shortland Street), is Auckland’s newest live venue and dance music space, bringing a diverse range of music to the city centre. From live bands to world-class DJs, there’s something for everyone! You can see their line-up of events here

Last updated: 14 April 2023