First established in 1892, rebuilt in 1897 & 1936 after fires burnt the first two versions to the ground, the 1936 rebuild is the Great Northern you see today. The “front bar” is a perfect example of a proper, old Australian Hotel Bar, rich with character and great place to have a beer and watch some live sport. Not to mention the top-quality live music by the very best blues, rock & folk artists the Northern Rivers region has to offer.

Several renovations through the years has given us the current layout, including the back room which was added in 1994. This, purpose built, live music venue is known all around the world and has hosted hundreds of iconic live concerts by countless bands that include Paul Kelly, Fat Freddies Drop & Ocean Alley just to name a few. You can catch a show here almost every weekend of the year.

In 2021, the addition of the Byron Bay Duelling Pianos to our cocktail bar has been popular beyond belief amongst locals and tourists alike. Already boasting some of the best piano players from around Australia on a weekly basis, we are now looking forward to welcoming some of the very best in the world with the best players from Las Vegas’ joining the team very soon!

The Great Northern is home to a hugely popular drive through Bottleshop which boasts one of the best wine selections you will find anywhere as well as an incredible selection of local, international and craft beers to choose from.

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The Great Northern is second to none with its live music offering which is delivered every night of the week. The front bar is home to the very best of Northern Rivers musicians and ranges across several genres including Blues, Folk, and Rock with plenty more besides.

Our Duelling Piano Bar is one of the most unique live entertainment offerings you are likely to experience anywhere in the world. Australia’s best are regulars here and we are about to add the very best players from Las Vegas to our team this summer.

Finally, “The Backroom”, a venue that is a genuine institution within the Australian live music scene, has hosted countless local, national & international touring bands from almost every genre imaginable. Paul Kelly, Fat Freddies Drop, Billy Bragg & Ocean Alley are just some of the world renowned acts to have graced our stage.

The Northern Bottle Shop

The Northern Bottleshop is open from 10am, 7 days a week. Providing locals and visitors alike with friendly service and Byron Bay’s best range of Fine Wine, Craft Beers plus local and artisan Spirits.
100% independent and locally owned, we are happy to source exactly what you are looking for. Whether it is wine, spirits, beer, cider, or anything in between, our team will be there to help you.
Our range is curated by Ben McNair, an award-winning Sommelier with some of Australia’s finest restaurants (Stokehouse, Cutler & Co, Bistro Guillaume) Ben is always delighted to guide you through our range to help find the perfect drop for your next celebration.

Talk to us about your next event! We can provide quotes and drinks to cater for any budget and taste.