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The Best Places To Catch Live Music in Adelaide

Because we have more to offer than just the Entertainment Centre as a live music venue in Adelaide.


From hidden dive bars to cosy jazz lounges, bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to seeing a gig. Adelaide has a thriving live music scene, so you are bound to find an artist or band that suits your style and genre preference.

Attend the big-name concerts at a stadium, or pop into a bar for a much more intimate performance – getting up close and personal with the talented muso’s.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best places to catch live music in Adelaide for some bar-stool boogying or foot-stomping beats, and perhaps after a pre-concert meal, depending on how you see your night playing out.

Memphis Slim's

Memphis Slim's House of Blues

Venture down the stairs and be greeted by the moody red lighting and buzzing vibes at Memphis Slim's House of Blues. First impressions are important, and this is certainly a good one at an Adelaide institution.

Catch live music and DJ sets from Wednesday – Sunday and cut loose on the dance floor until the early hours.

Basement, 22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Little Bang Brewery

Little Bang Brewery

More than just an epic brewery with great beer, Little Bang hosts everything from mini-festivals and live DJ sets to roaring local bands and acoustic relaxed Sundays, making this a buzzing spot to see some live music in Adelaide.

Check out their website and socials for the latest live music lineup and look into their taco and trivia nights while you’re at it.

25 Henry Street, Stepney

NOLA Adelaide

NOLA Adelaide

Live music and fried chicken? Count us in. For a taste of New Orleans and a hit of smooth jazz, there’s no place better 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 ambience.

NOLA has live music every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for your mid-week music fix.

28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide



Seeing a gig in Jive's intimate band room 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 dance floor.

181 Hindley Street, Adelaide

The Gov

The Gov

Whether it's a pint by the roaring fire with a relaxed solo artist soundtracking the evening or a full-on rock gig that’s got you dancing around the room with a hundred new friends, this SA music institution has you covered.

Stop by at The Gov for the discounted beer and delicious pizza and stay for the eclectic line-up of talented local artists who typically take the stage from Wednesdays to Sundays.

59 Port Road, Hindmarsh



If you haven’t been to Casablabla then see this as a sign to get yourself down there ASAP. Somewhere between a restaurant and a club, they strive to express their love for the exotic – and want to make sure everyone joins in the fun, making it one of the best places to see live music in Adelaide.

Casablabla has a colourful mix of live acts almost every weekend, with a full list available on their website.

12 Leigh Street Adelaide

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.

A South Australian icon, the medium-sized hall is the perfect place to dance the night away or to take in a more laidback gig.

The Thebby is currently closed for renovations, but they have teamed up with Norwood Concert Hall to ensure the live music in Adelaide never stops.

112 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville

175 The Parade, Norwood

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Okay, we know we said there is more to Adelaide’s live music scene than the Entertainment Centre, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get a shoutout on the list – they do bring us the big names after all!

When bigger artists make their way to our humble little city, chances are they will be performing in this indoor venue, which holds up to 11,000 concertgoers.

Hosting Dua Lipa, Michael Buble, The 1975, Snoop Dogg and Rod Stewart – this is the place to be for an unforgettable concert.

98 Port Road, Hindmarsh

The District at SkyCity

The District at SkyCity

One of the newest additions to the Adelaide live music scene, The District is a thriving entertainment venue in the heart of the city.

The place to go not only for gigs, you can visit the casino, a brewery, a modern sports bar and a range of bars and restaurants, all under one roof.

When you are here for the music – the venue holds 450 people across two levels, with gigs performed weekly from Thursday to Sunday. Check out the website for an up-to-date gig guide.

125 North Terrace, Adelaide

Hindley Street Music Hall. Image credit: Saige Prime

Hindley Street Music Hall

The local has had a facelift, and it’s bringing in the big names. Formerly known as the HQ Complex, Hindley Street Music Hall has entered the gig scene in Adelaide, creating a space specifically for live music, where the fans and the artists can experience a truly memorable evening.

Taking inspiration from the best music halls around the globe, there is no doubt this is one the best live music venues in Adelaide.

149 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Enjoy our roundup of the best live music venues in Adelaide and keen to explore more of the city? Check out these art galleries and then treat yourself to a few drinks at the city's best happy hours.

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