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The Best Places To Catch Live Music in Adelaide

Because we have more to offer than just the Entertainment Centre.

From intimate dive bars to cosy jazz lounges, bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to seeing a gig. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best places to catch live music in Adelaide for some bar-stool boogying or foot stomping music, depending how you see your night playing out.

The Gov
The Gov
The Gov

Whether it's a cosy pint by the roaring fire with a relaxed solo artist soundtracking your evening or a full-on gig that’s got you dancing around the room, this SA music institution has you sorted. Stop by for the discounted beer and delicious pizza and stay for the eclectic line up of local artists who typically take the stage from Wednesdays to Sundays.

59 Port Road, Hindmarsh

Little Bang Brewery
Little Bang Brewery
Little Bang Brewery

More than just an awesome brewery, Little Bang hosts everything from mini-festivals and live DJ sets to roaring local bands and punk vinyl nights. Check out their website and socials for the latest live music line up, and learn more about their comedy and trivia nights while you’re at it.

25 Henry Street, Stepney

Jive
Jive
Jive

Seeing a gig in Jive's intimate bandroom feels as though you’ve been invited to an exclusive event. Situated in the heart of Adelaide, the buzzing bar has hosted some of Australia's biggest acts since it opened including The Presets, Courtney Barnett and NZ's Marlon Williams. With live music on most nights of the week, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to grooving out on the dancefloor.

181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Casablabla
Casablabla
Casablabla

If you haven’t been to Casablabla then see this as a sign to get yourself down there. Somewhere between a restaurant and a club, they strive to express their love for the exotic – and want to make sure everyone joins in. Casablabla have a colourful mix of live acts on almost every weekend, with a full list available on their website.

12 Leigh Street Adelaide

NOLA Adelaide
NOLA Adelaide
NOLA Adelaide

For a taste of New Orleans and jazz, there’s no place better venue than NOLA. Dine on their Creole and Cajun cuisine as you soak up the soulful sounds of live music that are every bit fitting of the venue's chilled ambiance. NOLA has live music every Wednesday and Thursday, for your mid-week music fix.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Fat Controller
Fat Controller
Fat Controller

Venture down the stairs and be greeted by the striking neon signs of the Fat Controller in this industrial space built with metal on concrete. First impressions are important and this is certainly a good one. Catch live music and DJ sets from Thursday – Saturday and cut lose on the dancefloor until the early hours.

136 North Terrace, Adelaide

Thebarton Theatre
Thebarton Theatre
Thebarton Theatre

Great architecture, great vibes, and some of the best acts Adelaide has got to offer. It’s all here at the Thebby. An South Australian icon, the medium-sized hall is the perfect place to dance the night away or to take in a more intimate gig. Upcoming shows include Aussie surf rock bands, classic musicals and a Neil Young tribute. It doesn't get more diverse than this.

112 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville

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