Piano Bar Geelong Brings Laneway Jazz To Minns Place 

Posted 1 October 2020

Piano Bar Geelong Brings Laneway Jazz To Minns Place

Much-loved local live music venue the Piano Bar is now open for outdoor performances three days a week, after working with the City of Greater Geelong to finalise a proposal for use of Minns Place in the CBD.

The Piano Bar is bringing the laneway to life as an outdoor jazz-themed entertainment space, called ‘Laneway Jazz’.

Guests are being entertained with a rotating schedule of free performances, offering local musicians an opportunity to return to the live stage.

A pop-up bar is operating from a vacant building on Minns Place, while patrons are being encouraged to support local business by ordering food from nearby venues.

The City has issued a permit for the laneway activation to operate between midday and 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the end of the 2020, with the Piano Bar planning an initial run of six weeks.

Minns Place remains open for vehicle access at all other times, with removable bollards installed by the City earlier this year offering the ability to efficiently open and close the laneway to traffic.

The laneway has the capacity to host 50 guests seated in line with the Victorian Government’s density requirements.

Piano Bar operators are managing the space to ensure compliance with all COVID-19 safety requirements.

Piano Bar Minn Place Andy Pobjoy

We are delighted our team has been able to work with the Piano Bar to quickly make this idea a reality and I have no doubt the Geelong community will embrace it.

The Piano Bar is an iconic venue in our city and, like all music venues, has been severely impacted as a result of COVID-19. It’ll be great to see them up and running again.

The use of Minns Place as an outdoor entertainment space will help bring activity back into central Geelong and support all surrounding hospitality businesses in getting back on their feet after this very difficult period. – City of Greater Geelong CEO Martin Cutter

Since early March, live music has fallen silent across our region. Whilst Piano Bar has worked feverishly through restrictions, live-streaming shows and operating with drastically reduced numbers, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Bringing live music to the laneways of Central Geelong symbolises this colourful, vibrant part of our CBD springing back into life after its COVID hibernation. As restrictions on outdoor gatherings ease and the weather warms up, now represents the perfect opportunity to take Piano Bar to the streets.

We warmly welcome everyone, young and old to venture back into the West End Precinct for six weekends of amazing free live and local music, aimed at boosting the surrounding cafes, restaurants and eateries, lifting the spirits of our wider community, and getting back to a sense of ‘normal’.Piano Bar owner Andy Pobjoy

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