The venue formerly known as The Vanguard has reopened as Leadbelly. The ramshackle charm of The Vanguard is still in place, and the venue hosts free live music four nights a week (Thursday to Sunday).

Leadbelly is a second venture by the team behind Tipple Bar & Bistro in Surry Hills, who wanted to bring a new home of live music to the people of the Newtown area.

Their aim is a focus on music that is local, fresh, and predominantly free. They've kept the stage, sound and basic set up of the previous venue, but it's evidently a new place with a different style and different ambitions.

The bar and kitchen can keep punters happily fed and watered, and there are exciting future plans for a dinner-and-show set up. For now, the small tables on the balcony level provide a lovely option for taking in the music at a relaxed distance.

Check their website or Facebook for upcoming shows and happy hours

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42 King Street
+61 2 9557 9409

Mon – Sun 7pm – late