Crown & Sceptre Hotel

Since it first opened in the 1860s, the Crown and Sceptre Hotel has been a much-loved live music venue in the city’s south.

Since it first opened in the 1860s, the Crown and Sceptre Hotel has been a much-loved live music venue in the city’s south. The first Crown and Sceptre Hotel opened in 1868 on King William Street in the former showroom of the Hubble Brothers' coach factory. By 1877, Alfred Hubble decided to construct a new building next door for his growing ‘public-house’. This is the Crown and Sceptre Hotel that we see today. 

During the late nineteenth century, the Crown and Sceptre was a popular meeting point for local residents and city workers in nearby Victoria Square. It quickly earned a reputation for its musical and theatrical performances, with the South Australian Register newspaper declaring the hotel “one of the finest houses of entertainment in Adelaide”.

The Crown and Sceptre continued to be recognised as a great venue for live music into the twentieth century. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the hotel hosted numerous indie bands. In recent years many local, interstate and international acts have performed at the Crown and Sceptre, including Luke Million, Funk Latin Union, Orelia, The Swiss, and The Cat Empire.

The Crown and Sceptre briefly closed in 2012, but was reopened by the Gitsham family in 2014. Today, patrons can enjoy a variety of live entertainment throughout the week, including original bands, variety shows, and world music.

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Crown and Sceptre, c1880s

Crown and Sceptre, c1880s

Designed by local architects, E.J. Woods and William McMinn, the new hotel was innovative for its time. A serving window was installed for staff to sell alcohol to customers on the street, and a tramway also extended to the back of the building so that beer barrels could be easily received and stored in the cellar. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B-71050 View File Details Page

Frank North's Crown & Sceptre Hotel

Frank North's Crown & Sceptre Hotel

Frank North was the owner of the Crown & Sceptre during the early 1900s. This photograph may show North on the balcony of his King William Street pub in April 1912. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B-1806 View File Details Page

Crown and Sceptre Hotel, c1970s

Crown and Sceptre Hotel, c1970s

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Crown and Sceptre Hotel as it appears today

Crown and Sceptre Hotel as it appears today

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A present day interior view of the Crown & Sceptre Hotel

A present day interior view of the Crown & Sceptre Hotel

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Street Address:

308 King William Street, Adelaide [map]

Cite this Page:

Adelaide City Explorer Team, The South Australian Government through the Music Development Office, & Music SA, “Crown & Sceptre Hotel,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed June 25, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/180.
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