Best Live Music Venues in Adelaide

Whatever the question, music is generally the answer. Here are five of Adelaide’s finest places to dance the night away!

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La Boheme


If you’re looking for old-timey elegance with a touch of mischief, it doesn’t get much better than an early 20th century Parisian cabaret lounge. This sultry bar is as famous for the variety of live performers it employs to dazzle its patrons as it is for its ravishing cocktails (Ginger Passion, please). So, if you’re into cabaret, jazz, burlesque, samba or bossa nova, you’ll feel right at home at La Boheme. Find out more

“Took my cousins here from overseas, and they very much enjoyed the cocktails and the vibe of the place, just the way as I do. I discovered something new about this place that night too – there is an outdoor area at the back of the main area and it’s a lovely quaint outdoor setting too. Really like La Boheme.” – xbabydollx

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Gaslight Tavern


Gaslight Tavern is a homey little spot that represents all that’s good about the traditional Aussie pub experience. On the music front, it’s got pretty much everything, including blues and roots on Tuesdays, SCALA on Wednesdays, and live bands on weekends playing everything from metal to rockabilly. What’s more, you can expect good beers, burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and schnitzel; all big, cheap and bursting with goodness.  Find out more

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Grace Emily Hotel


As soon as you step inside and see the “No Pokies, no TAB” sign, you’ll feel right at home at the Grace Emily Hotel.. Overflowing with cute, kitschy wall decorations (we like the rubber alien mask), this laid-back pub also features a strong selection bands performing six nights a week. After you’re done, why not take advantage of the 40-cent pool table within and balmy beer garden without? Find out more

“This is one of those pubs that I wish I had spent more time at rather than walking past. I first came here when a friend of mine chose this place for some Saturday night drinks and I really liked it, however I was not able to come back again until quite recently and on my second visit I was even more impressed.” – David Sarkies

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Gilbert Street Hotel


Famed far and wide for its mighty beer garden (it’s even got a retractable roof), Gilbert Street Hotel is also well known for its live music on Thursdays and Sundays, featuring such legends as Rusty Bonnet, Simon Astley and Two Bugs and a Roach. On top of all those great musical acts, there’s also sumptuous food, a quality beer list and cosy hospitality. Find out more

“Time and time again the food stacks up to the highest quality. Some of the best gastro pub food I have tried. Great rotating craft beer list and a compelling wine list to match. Bravo” – mowhere

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Describing itself as a “multicultural tapas lounge bar”, Casablabla is a colourful, vibrantly diverse venue satisfying Adelaide’s cravings for music from all corners of the world. Whether it’s jazz, Cuban, Latin funk or R’n’B that gets you moving, you’re guaranteed a night to remember here. If you need sustenance as well as sounds, we’d particularly recommend turning up for Gourmet Pizza Thursdays. Find out more

“Fun place to go with good music. Good for the more sophisticated crowd.” – Scotty661

Wherever your musical explorations take you in Adelaide, don’t forget to let us know what you thought with a few True Local reviews!

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