Bird's Basement
Bird's Basement
4.5
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
About
Birdland in Melbourne is called Bird's Basement. After 32 years of operations, for the first time Birdland extends it’s banner outside New York to Melbourne. Melbourne is very proud to be the host of Bird’s legacy. Since it opening its doors, this venue has been the host of music legends. Here music comes first, but the quality of food and service are close second. Ticket price varies.
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4.5
139 reviews
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Very good
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Terrible
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Petra S
3 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Friends
Amazing music, delicious food, fantastic atmosphere, efficient amd friendly staff - an excellent and world class music venue absolutely will go again
Written 20 November 2023
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Storers
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
The venue looks great door person was lovely however
We went on a Wednesday night to see the harmonix experience. If you want to talk do not go!!!! We drive over an hr on our date night and of course my husband and I were talking together only loud enough so we could hear each other of course we don’t want to share of life so not real loud lol there was only 10 people there and the guitar person came to the microphone and told everyone not to talk we were there to listen to them not talk and if we wanted to talk we could leave, seriously!!
I’m still in shock what a waste of money
If you can’t talk then advertise no talking so people like us would not buy tickets. Otherwise they could wear head phones to hear themselves only if that’s what they want. We spent like $400 there with tickets food and drinks and didn’t finish watching the show ourselves as soon as he said this 4 people left from the 10,
Really disappointed and shocked
No wonder there was only 10 people there total- terrible
It’s a shame because the venue was pretty cool
Written 1 November 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience. Let us take this opportunity to clarify that Bird's Basement is a concert venue designed for patrons who come specifically to enjoy live performances. The doors open at 6 PM, offering an hour and a half for guest interaction. There is also an intermission during which patrons are welcome to talk more freely, and the venue typically remains open for another hour post-performance for further socializing. However, during the performance itself, silence is as crucial to the musicians as a blank canvas is to a painter. It is a necessary backdrop for their art. At the start of every show, we remind our audience that conversations should be kept to a minimum. On the night you visited, it was necessary for one of the musicians to remind the audience of this policy so that everyone could enjoy the uninterrupted quality of the live music. For those who wish to engage in conversation, Bird's Basement has a full-service restaurant upstairs, the Jazz Corner Restaurant and Bar. Here, you can chat freely as our video concerts play—without disturbing others. In the intimate setting of the Bird's Basement concert room, however, we ask that patrons come with the intention to listen. This is the best way to show respect for both the musicians and the venue. We appreciate this chance to reaffirm the policy of our venue and hope that this clarifies our position. We aim to provide a space where all patrons can fully enjoy the artistry of live music.
Written 4 November 2023
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Paul B
2 contributions
Jun. 2023
Great place to visit, the food was so good. Drinks not cheap but where is?
Beatles band awesome!!! Loved it
Written 12 June 2023
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Thank you for visiting and reviewing. We hope to host you again soon.
Written 4 November 2023
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Caroline L
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
Apr. 2023
The atmosphere at this venue is second to none. Enjoy fine dining while watching quality entertainment within metres of your table. Awesome cocktails. The head waiter was super helpful and friendly. I wish all my favourite performers would go here.
Written 22 April 2023
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Thank you for visiting and reviewing. We hope to host you again soon.
Written 4 November 2023
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Fitzgerald Anne
2 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Friends
Absolutely SHOCKING MANAGEMENT AND DISGUSTING ATTITUDE OF THE OWNER RUBS OFF ON ITE ENTIRE VENUE. We witnessed the most awful vibes here. Sexist billionaire business man owner and his trophy wife are straight out of the communist world war 2.watch out they might turn you away if your ankles are showing.
Written 5 March 2023
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We welcome genuine feedback from all of our patrons as it contributes to the betterment of our services and venue. However, it's important to address that we are committed to upholding a high standard of integrity and respect in our establishment, and our reputation speaks to those values. We believe that the review posted does not accurately represent our venue or the experience we strive to offer our customers. Our team works diligently to ensure a positive atmosphere and the best possible service for everyone who visits us. Our focus remains on providing an excellent environment and experience for all our guests, without giving credence to reviews that are intended to harm.
Written 4 November 2023
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Kate A
1 contribution
Feb. 2023 • Couples
We went to see Mahalia Barnes and she was amazing! We had an amazing table and the floor staff were amazing and very helpful. What I will say is they have a qr system for all of their ordering and its once you master it it’s fine and the staff are there to help. But what ever happened to good old fashioned service (for that here you pay 15% extra although your told the ap is a saving)
They had an extensive drinks list which was Delicious although very excessive the barman must be very talented to be able to remember all of those recipes.
The let down was the food, bland soggy and unseasoned.

We had calamari for a starter and it was raw and inedible we spoke with the manager who was lovely and dealt with it with no fuss and was so professional he offered us a fresh serve but we declined as you can’t be to careful with seafood we asked for the money back as we had mains to come and it the burger was woeful chips under cooked and the burger well McDonald’s at 2am could do better.

The curry did have flavour but the rice was stuck together.

The ordering experience was difficult the new world seems all about QR codes but I’d much prefer to order with a person.

Overall the experience was good staff friendly and accommodating but letdown by the food and ordering experience. If your charging those prices you expect more than school canteen food.
Written 7 February 2023
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Hello and yes we remember you well. Your entree were under cooked and we offered to replace them. You preferred to cancel and go straight to your mains. You had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening. Here you are complaining about a 15% saving we offer when you order on QR codes. The saving is genuine. Should you have wanted to order through one of our waiters it would have cost 15% extra. There’s nothing cute about it. We are passing to you a genuine saving. About your comments regarding our cocktails, we employ some of the best mixologists in the business. Bird’s Basement goes through hundreds of cocktails per night and we use the best ingredients. Likewise our kitchen employs some of the best chefs in Melbourne. Don’t forget we serve hundreds of meals within an hour and half. Not something that ordinary restaurants can do. So we hope you appreciate the place and the logistics it requires to have one of the best music entertainment venues in the business today.
Written 8 February 2023
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Daryl W
3 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
Saw Richard Clapton
What a legend
Music fantastic
Food good
Cocktails where the worst and weakest I have ever had in my life, I think my cats can produce something better than them.
Bird’s Basement beads to stop scrimping and get there cocktails act together.
Written 19 January 2023
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All our cocktails have a minimum of 60 mil of alcohol and a maximum of 90 mils depending on the formula. Our mixologists all have RSAs as well as the rest of the staff, We follow a strict guideline for responsible service of alcohol. Having said that, it sounds like you have a Mocktail. To be clear our mocktails look like cocktails but they do not have any alcohol. Yet they taste great. .
Written 8 February 2023
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Keith S
Cambridge, New Zealand348 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Friends
Came here with some friends to see Soul Sacrifice a Santana Tribute Band perform. They were FANTASTIC. Venue has a great vibe. Was packed. Ap for ordering food and drinks was excellent in a busy noisy space. only chips and olives but they were good and wine. Accessible access (I use a small scooter and can’t walk long distances) was a little difficult through hotel above back of house lift and then a service elevator but were well catered for once we got some help. Overall an Awesome Venue
Written 29 December 2022
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Debbie C
Collingwood, Canada38 contributions
Dec. 2022
Greeted at the door by staff and ticket scanned then off to our seats. Intimate venue with great views of the stage. Had the best show from James Morrison quartet with a guest trumpeter. Amazing evening.
Written 3 December 2022
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Thank you fir your review. Much appreciated. Looking forward to see you again soon. Watch for Mike Stern...
Written 8 February 2023
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Kathryn G
1 contribution
Sep. 2022
Second time I've been to this venue, and can't wait to get back again.
Door staff super helpful and ensured our little party was together and in the best seats ! Service, food and drinks all super good. Loved seeing the Forever 80's band, they were brilliant !!!!!
Until next time, thanks Bird's Basement
Written 25 September 2022
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Thank you for a great review. Likewise we look forward to host you soon once again.
Written 8 February 2023
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  • Wed - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm