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.