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Contact Fiete Geier
our venue & Events Manager:




FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS are the usual live music nights, usually 3 band bills (saturdays can be more), we don’t usually put bills together so it’s a good idea to have a lineup together when enquiring about a night. 

We only book the month ahead unless it's a guaranteed pub-filling lineup.

We supply Door person, Security, PA and Engineer.

Deal is usually a $10/$5 door deal, see payment details below for more info.

WITH lack of load in access and storage space means sharing of gear where possible is a must, especially drum kits.

SUNDAYS are available for band bookings and are a door deal, however, we are usually closed so there is no regular crowd, the city is a ghost town and there are no buses.  So this is only worthwhile if you can definitely get 100+ punters in. 

MONDAYS are the Bootleg Sessions, usual format is 4 acts from 8-11:30pm, a mix of established and new acts. Hosted by various Canberra organisations such as BMA, CMC, CIT, Fasterlouder etc. and sometimes us.  On occasion a band can host the night and put a line-up together. Current regular Bootlegs are hosted by Canberra Musicians Club on 1st Monday of the month, 2XX Radio Local n Live on 2nd Monday and CIT on the last Monday of the month.

TUESDAY is Trivia Night.

WEDNESDAYS can have gigs however, 1st , 3rd and last wednesdays of the month are currently film, poetry and comedy nights.

THURSDAYS are karaoke night.



Since the pub expansion in November 2013, we are now charging a $10 (if you're here to see the band) / $5 (if you're just in for a drink or poor) cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays, we keep 30% (minimum $250) and provide door person, security, PA and operator.  NO PRESALES.

$10 only cover charges can be arranged for lineups that will definitely fill the pub at $10. $5 only cover charges are also possible if bands want to keep entry cheap.

Mondays are free entry, payment is via a tip jar and 10% of bar takings.  This can average anywhere between $200 - $700 (split amongst 4 acts)


Cash on night with invoice (with ABN or Hobby Dec.), if you forget to collect pay on night it may take months for pay to get processed. If you do forget to collect pay contact Fiete and pay will be processed via EFT


Fridays and Saturdays start at 9:30pm; 3 x 45 min sets or equivalent.

Sundays start 7:30ish to finish no later than 11.

Monday Bootlegs start 8 to finish no later than 11:30

Sound Check: PA is setup at 8/8:30, Line check just before start.


2 drinks per muso, capped at 30 drinks (if there’s more than 15 musos), free softdrinks




We do regular paid Facebook posts, submit gig listings to BMA (local street press) and many other local Canberra Press, publicise online through website and facebook, Print a monthly A3 gig guide poster that’s put up around town.


  1. Please post 10 x A3 posters to pub at least 2 weeks before the gig.
  2. Send through an e-poster and any other relevant digital media. Include a short bio and and blurb about the gig. 
  3. Create a Facebook event, tag @the-phoenix and let us know the details.



Address: 27 East Row Canberra 2601        Phone: 02 6169 5092

Capacity: 119


Access: Best access is through the front via bus interchange but not strictly legal or else via rear alley (verity lane) off London Circuit

Access Times: Pub is open from 5pm (closed sundays), Gear left at own risk

Accommodation: None, Youth Hostel on Akuna st. is close and probably cheapest option.

Food: None

Stage: Small (3.5 x 3.2 meters)

PA minimum:Allen and Heath QU-16, 16 channels to desk, FOH 2 x Nexo PS15r2, 2 x LS-18, Nexo 4x4 Amp/Controller Foldback: 3 sends, 12 mics (beta 52, beta 58's, sm57's, sennheiser 904's), 4 DI's.

Dressing Rooms: None

Lighting Bars: None

Production Contact: Fiete Geier -

Notes: The Phoenix new room is not huge so you may be asked to turn down amps, please listen to the soundguy and bar staff . Do not book another Canberra city gig 2 weeks either side of this one in any form. The Phoenix is an originals venue, if you play a dodgy cover you will have to buy the bar staff a round.