Live Music Around #BurlON

Posted August 21, 2019by Carson Baker
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There’s nothing quite like live music to make an already amazing meal or night out even better!  Here in #BurlON we have an abundance of local talent performing a variety of genres around the city for your enjoyment.  Highlighted below are some of the best places to catch live music in Burlington.

5West Brewpub & Kitchen

 5West Brewpub & Kitchen is north Burlington’s first brewpub.   5West signature craft beers, spirits and wine are served on location along with a menu featuring pub classics and new recipes which make use of local craft beer.  This restaurant brings in a variety of live music performances.  Although these events are typically on weekends it’s best to check ahead as the schedule does change and includes some weeknight performances.  For a full list of upcoming events visit https://www.5westbrewpubkitchen.ca/entertainment.

The Queens Head

The Queen’s Head is Burlington’s most nostalgic British pub.  They host live music rain or shine.  Weather permitting, performances take place on the patio on Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00pm-11:00pm and on Sunday from 3:00pm-7:00pm.  In the event of rain performances are generally moved inside and rescheduled for 9:30pm-1:00am.  There is a variety of live music performed at The Queen’s Head, for full lineup details call the pub at 905.632.1300.

Barra Fion

Barra Fion specializes in pairing great beverages with great food. It’s the perfect place to gather with friends over a great meal.   Their from-scratch menu items and selection of beverages are sure to impress. Live events occur at Barra Fion at varying dates and times. For a full list of upcoming performances visit https://www.barrafion.ca/about.

Gator Ted’s

Gator Ted’s is a classic sports bar where you’re sure to find all your favorites on the menu. It was recently voted the #1 wing place in Burlington. They present live music every Friday and on occasional Saturdays.  A complete list of upcoming performances can be found at https://www.gatorteds.ca/entertainment.

Emma’s Backporch

Take in a beautiful view of Lake Ontario at Emma’s Backporch while you enjoy a menu of pub classics.  Live music is performed on the porch at varying dates and times.  A full list of scheduled performances can be found at https://emmasbackporch.ca/live-music.html September onwards enjoy Friday Night Live with performances inside every Friday night at 8:30 pm.



Located in downtown Burlington, Pepperwood is an upscale restaurant with a terrific patio on Lakeshore.  They host a variety of live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights  from 9:00pm to 12:00am as well as live jazz every Sunday with brunch from 10:30am to 3:00pm. A list of other scheduled live entertainment can be found at https://pepperwood.on.ca/events.html.

Carrigan Arms

Carrigan Arms is a classic pub that hosts many live music events weekly including Saturday and Sunday Matinees as well as Saturday night music and a variety of other events.  Saturday Matinees occur weekly from 2pm to 6pm performed by the house band (Sil Simone, Garth Vogan, Dave Russell, Larry Bodner and Matt Horner) and a different guest each week.  Country Music Sunday Matinees also occur weekly from 2pm to 6pm hosted by Colin Connors and a different guest weekly.  Saturday night music is scheduled weekly at 8pm and features performances by various groups. See the schedule found at http://www.carriganarms.ca/saturday-night-music.html  for more details regarding scheduled Saturday night performances.  Other weekly events include the Acoustic Duo & Karaoke on Fridays and JAM night hosted by the Personics on Thursdays at 8pm. More information can be found at http://www.carriganarms.ca/all-other-events.html.   


Lochside serves classic Scottish dishes with a modern spin as well as local favorites on a patio which overlooks Spencer Smith Park and Lake Ontario.  Live music at this restaurant includes acoustic on Friday and jazz on Saturday. These events run from 6:00-10:00pm both nights. The musicians performing at Lochside all come from the Mohawk College Applied Music program.

The Dickens

The Dickens is a classic pub that hosts Patio Sessions every Sunday from 2:00-5:00pm.  These live acoustic sessions are held weather permitting and include a promotion for $5 caesars.  Live music events also take place at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  For full line up details visit thedickens.ca.

Max Resto Lounge

Max Resto Lounge is a casual fine dining restaurant that serves global cuisine. This location presents a new tasting menu monthly at a fixed price of $40 or $60 when including wine pairings. The restaurant hosts live music from Thursday to Sunday weekly.   Full lineup details can be  found at http://maxrestolounge.ca/music/.

Uptown Social House

Uptown social house is another of Burlington’s many great pubs.  Various live music events take place at this restaurant every other Thursday.  This establishment also offers weekly shows from the James Anthony band and special guest on Saturdays from 2:30-6:00pm and Dueling Pianos on Fridays as well as Saturdays from 9:30pm-1:00am.  The dueling pianos show is called “the most interactive show in town!”

SB Prime

SB Prime is a steakhouse in downtown Burlington featuring both a lounge and a patio.  Weekly entertainment at this restaurant includes piano players in the lounge every Friday from 5pm-8pm as well as acoustic guitar solo artists on Mondays and Wednesdays hosted on the patio, weather permitting.

Honey West

Honey West is a casual dining restaurant located in downtown Burlington.  Live entertainment occurs at this restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights as well as Sunday during the day.  Promotions accompanying the live music nights include $15 pizzas on Thursdays from 3:00pm-close as well as $5 Honey West Cocktails on Sundays.  For lineup information call the restaurant at 905.634.7999.

Lowville Bistro

The Lowville Bistro is a relaxed eatery with a patio and a diverse menu for your enjoyment including weekend brunch. Located in North Burlington, they host live jazz nights every Sunday.  Reservations are recommended for these events and can be made at https://www.lowvillebistro.ca/contact.

Other Locations

Other locations in Burlington that host various live music events include:

Get out and enjoy a drink or meal at one of these great places in #BurlON accompanied by some live music. Enjoy!

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