The Crown and Anchor Hotel was first licensed in 1853. Along with a number of other hotels, it was completely rebuilt in the 1880s. Further extensions were added to the building in the 1920s. More recently, the balcony of the historic pub was given a makeover as Favela Bar.
The Crown and Anchor has been considered a stalwart of the live music scene for at least the past two decades. A range of musical genres has been enjoyed on its stage including Rock n Roll, Garage, Punk, Folk and Indie. Many famous acts have played at the Crown and Anchor including Tex Perkins, Kim Salmon, Fiona Horne, Rob Snarski, The Spazzy’s, Dan Luscombe (Black Eyed Susans) and Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr). A number of popular local acts are also frequent the pub, including Bad//Dreems and Grenardiers.
The front bar of the Crown and Anchor has also earned a reputation as a place you may see a free DJ set by members of big name acts. Recent bands to get behind the decks while on tour in Adelaide include The Hives, members of The Dandy Warhols, Pond, and Tame Impala.