There’s an excellent live music and performing arts scene in Adelaide featuring anything from up and coming local talent to international stars. As a result the Adelaide Festival of Arts which takes place for the first three weeks in March during even numbered years has become one of the biggest and best festivals in the country. Rather than wait for another two years to check it out, however, check out the everyday arts scene which takes place in a host of pubs, clubs and theatres about the city. Or, you can also opt for one of the city’s other festivals which include the Fringe, Womadelaide and Artist’s Week among others.
For an up to date guide to keep you informed about what’s taking place throughout the city check out The Guide, a weekly pull out which you will find in the Thursday edition of the Advertiser. The Adelaide Review, a free publication, is also quite useful and will fill you in on everything from visual art to wine tasting. Finally Rip It Up is the one you need if you intend catching a gig while you’re in the city. This also comes out on Thursdays.
For those of you who like nothing more than a good old pub or disco with loud music and lots of noise, or those of you who prefer a quieter venue where you can swap travel tales and meet up with some fellow backpackers, the main districts are Rundle Street which is home to some of Adelaide’s top pubs and clubs and Hindley Street which is slightly sleazier but also boasts a number of excellent night spots.
Finally, because it’s so close to the renowned wine producing Barossa Valley, the amount of wine bars in Adelaide is overwhelming. As well as the host of bars in the city, however, wine tours are extremely popular. The Valley is only an hour away and is home to at least fifty leading wineries where you can sample the local produce and soak up the unique atmosphere of the vineyards among a bunch of fellow travellers. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the region also has numerous festivals which are well worth catching. The Vintage Festival which begins on Easter Monday in every odd numbered year and The International Barossa Festival which takes place for two weeks every October are two of the better ones.
77 Pirie Street, Adelaide, Australia
Home to numerous types of venue including a restaurant serving anything from Thai and Italian to native food, a nightclub with different themes every night, a pool room, a wine bar and a cocktail bar. So, whatever you’re after in the line of entertainment, the Planet can provide it.
9 Synagogue Place, Off Rundle Street, Adelaide, Australia
Its unique location in a converted temple certainly adds to this club. Currently the main rave venue in Adelaide, it opens until 5.00am so stock up on energy before you go because you’re certainly going to need it.
13 Frome Street, Adelaide, Australia
An excellent venue where new talent come to show what they are capable of. It’s cabaret on Thursday, Afro Latin on Friday and funk on Saturday. There’s also comedy and performance art during the week making it the perfect place to frequent all week long.
308 King William Street, Adelaide, Australia
Located in a building so old it’s been heritage listed, this is now one of the cities best venues and features live music during the week with a DJ at the weekend. Also has happy hour every night and an excellent beer garden.
King William Road, Adelaide, Australia
The city’s main venue for the performing arts featuring a host of entertainment including theatre, ballet, opera, comedy and cabaret. If you’re after a more relaxing evening the festival centre is the perfect location.
North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia
As well as the usual games that all you budget travellers would be well advised to avoid, the casino houses five bars and a restaurant and is extremely popular with revellers of all ages.
213 Hindley Street, Adelaide, Australia
With particular emphasis on Latin and African music as well as jazz and reggae, this is a more laid back club but the atmosphere is just as inviting. And, the décor goes hand in hand with the music making this venue one of the hippest in the city at the moment.
123 O'Connell Street, Adelaide, Australia
One of the most popular pubs in North Adelaide, the atmosphere in this modern bar draws young people from all over the city. Also has live music most nights and an excellent restaurant for those of you who really want to make a night of it.
Carrington Street at Hurtle Square, Adelaide, Australia
Thanks to its close proximity to a number of hostels, this place proves especially popular among backpackers in the city. Also has an excellent, reasonable restaurant and free live music at the weekends which is always a guaranteed way to attract budget travellers.
233 Currie Street, Adelaide, Australia
One of the most popular gay nightspots in the city with a DJ from Thursday to Saturday but packed every night of the week. Also has a beer garden which for those warm summer evenings but open fireplaces for when it gets chillier. The perfect combination.