Grace Emily Hotel

The Grace Emily Hotel is one of the West End’s most historic pubs.

The Grace Emily Hotel is one of the West End’s most historic pubs. The Colony of South Australia was only three years old when the hotel, known then as The Launceston, was established. Located in Adelaide's West End, The Launceston was the local for many of the city's working-class residents.

In 1998, the hotel became known as The Grace Emily Hotel, and a live music stage was built in the former dining room. Some of the earliest artists to play at The Grace include Mick Thomas and Dave Graney. Well-known Australian acts including Paul Kelly and all members of Cold Chisel have also performed at hotel, as have international stars Ben Folds, Jeff Martin, Justin Townes Earle and The Handsome Family.

Current owners George and Symon took over the business in 2011. Having worked themselves in local bands (Wendyhouse and The Scarfs respectively), they were keen to maintain The Grace as a live music venue. Today, patrons can enjoy a range of musical genres, from Acoustic/Folk, Alternative Country, Blues/Roots, Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock, and World. The hotel hosts live bands 6-7 nights per week, including ‘Billy Bobs BBQ Jam’ on Monday nights, which features the house band along with an open mic and BBQ.

In 2017 the pub was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame, recognising its unique commitment to live music culture for over a decade and a half.

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The Launceston Hotel around 1893

The Launceston Hotel around 1893

The Grace Emily's name has changed several times since it was established. For the first four years the hotel was known as The Launceston. It was then briefly changed to The Whaler’s Return, before returning to its original name, The Launceston. It became The Grace Emily Hotel in 1998. | Source: Image courtesy The State Library of South Australia, B-9023 View File Details Page

The Launceston Hotel, 29 August 1941

The Launceston Hotel, 29 August 1941

In the 1920s the exterior of the Grace Emily was significantly altered. The balcony was extended at the front of the hotel and it is likely that the original stonework was rendered at this time. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B 10562 View File Details Page

The Grace Emily Hotel as it appears today

The Grace Emily Hotel as it appears today

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The 'six o'clock swill'

The 'six o'clock swill'

From 1916 to 1967, South Australian law forced pubs to stop the service of alcohol at 6.00pm. Many publicans and patrons would find themselves in trouble with the law if they broke this curfew. Part of The Grace's front bar still features the 'six o'clock swill' formation, with a trough and sloping angle below the counter.  | Source: 'Concoction', News, 9 April 1934, p2. View File Details Page

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Koral at the Grace

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Street Address:

232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide [map]

Cite this Page:

Adelaide City Explorer Team, The South Australian Government through the Music Development Office, & Music SA, “Grace Emily Hotel,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed April 28, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/182.
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