Leadbelly Newtown underwent a stylish renovation in July 2016 in the space previously known as The Vanguard. The interior designers were influenced by underground prohibition music halls, but then added a modern, rock'n'roll twist… 

The inspiration for naming Leadbelly Newtown came in part from the affect the great man had on so many iconic musicians, of all ages and genres - from Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Tom Waits to Cat Power, Jack White, Creedence Clearwater Revival & of course, Nirvana ... 

Wanting to preserve and enhance the musical legacy of the former venue, Leadbelly delivers a stellar array of live music every week to go along with an extensive bar and kitchen offering. 

Our team have thoughtfully developed a bar list full of classic and signature cocktails, fine spirits and interesting craft + long-time favourite beer options. Dining choices are delicious, with lots of cosy nooks to sit and enjoy a bite. 

For any further information please email our friendly crew -team@theleadbelly.com.au




We are located at the city end of King Street, between Queen and Georgina Streets.

Newtown train station is about a 10 minute walk away along shop-lined King St. There are bus stops outside the venue, and taxi's pass along King St  frequently.

Central station is about a 5-10 minute drive away.



King St has a clearway between 3pm - 7pm Monday to Friday, with ticketed street parking outside of those hours.

Other street parking options close by are Queen, Forbes and Wilson Streets.

We do not have a dedicated parking lot for the venue.



We do not allow any food or beverages of any kind to be brought into the venue sorry.

Food and Beverage sales are how we pay the rent, so if you enjoy having a venue like ours available please support us by spending your $$ here. While those with pokies are able to take a loss on food and beverage sales to get you in the door, we need your food and bev patronage to sustain the enormous overheads associated with a Sydney business.

Ticket sales are paid in full to the bands - we take no portion.

Keep live music in your city by supporting the venues who support live music...



Yes we do have wheelchair access. Please contact us prior to your arrival to make sure that we are ready to assist your entry into the venue - 9557 7992



Leadbelly Newtown is a strictly 18+ venue, with no one under 18 years permitted to enter - even with parents booked for dining.

Valid i.d will be required on entry - Australian Proof of Age, Australian Drivers License or Passport only.



General admission tickets do not guarantee seating so if being seated for the performance is important please book for Dinner and Show. Dining tickets will include 1 or 2 courses and include a reserved table, allocated in order of booking. (So buy tix early for the tables closest to the stage). We will do our best to accommodate requests, but it's an intimate space so there isn't really a bad spot... Once the main floor allocations for dinner are exhausted we do have the options for dining in the bar area. Please call the venue to enquire if there are any tables available - 02 9557 7992.

For shows sold as General Admission Only there will be seating available. Tables on these nights are not able to be reserved so arrive early to grab a good spot. Full menus will be available to have a bite and a drink while you wait for the music to start.



With all of the variables associated with live performances set times can never be exact. Music will kick off roughly each night at 8 - 8.30pm. We have a delicious range of cocktails, beers and wines to go with a full menu offering from our Chef, and the room is beautifully renovated so come and spend some time socialising here with us before and after the bands. We need your patronage to sustain our dedication to hosting live music .. 



We have options for celiacs and vegans. We can also adjust our menu options to accommodate for most allergies and dietary requirements.

Please let our staff know when ordering.



Leadbelly is a great room for a party. For information about booking the venue out exclusively please contact our events team - team@theleadbelly.com.au



If you would like to perform at Leadbelly please contact our bookings team at Code One Entertainment - codeoneoffice@gmail.com



While we don't have a strict dress code we do require you to be clean, fully dressed, wearing shoes and sober.

We do not guarantee your entry if you are intoxicated, aggressive, partially dressed.

We also have an expectation of courteous behaviour while you are in the venue - you must treat the staff and those around you with respect and regard or you will be asked to leave.