For many decades, 36 Grote Street was home of tobacco shop, Charles Tunney & Sons Ltd. Opened in 1910, tobacconist Charles Edward Tunney’s shop was considered a “Grote Street institution”. Three generations of Tunney’s ran the family-owned business until it eventually closed in 2004.
In 2005, another family took over the building, but for a very different purpose. Brothers Paul, Adam and Darren Boylon transformed the former tobacco shop into a Bohemian style cocktail and cabaret lounge called La Boheme. Over the past decade, fans of Cabaret have enjoyed an array of live performances and productions in the Grote Street lounge, including burlesque, jazz, DJ, comedy and theatre. Since 2009, Wednesday evenings have featured an original modern Jazz night with local Adelaide act, New Cabal, one of the city’s longest running residencies for the genre.