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The Grace Emily Hotel

232-238 Waymouth Street
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No Pokies. No TAB. Every Monday night the Grace Emily presents Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam hosted by the greatest muso all rounder and fucking legend bloke Billy Bob Rankin. Assisted by Steve Salvi, Diamond Dan on bass & an interchange of hitters Chewy, Smooth Steve and BJ on the skins. Its open mic with backline and BBQ out the back. On any other given night you can happen across the very best local, Australian, and international sounds, all lovingly unwrapped for your listening pleasure while you settle in at the front bar and indulge in some of South Australia’s finest brews…that would be Coopers! Sorry ladies but Mark Garnett has left the pub after many years of giving…..but can be found offering the same service at a bar in Melbourne Darts? No Worries come and have a crack. Pool? Why not, If ya got 40 cents? The beer garden is worth the risk of missing a few tunes to drink in the late night air and grab a snag on a Monday night (the best this side of Bunnings).

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The Grace Emily Hotel Review

Review by Imogen Richards

Located on Waymouth Street in the CBD, the Grace Emily Hotel is Adelaide’s premier live music venue. Exclusively, this is the only bar in the state where different artists are featured every night of the week. Performances vary considerably, from 10 piece jazz ensembles to punk and indie rock, reggae, instrumental, and even traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.

Referred to favourably by its patrons as ‘Grace’, ‘The Grace’, or ‘Gremily’, this establishment is perhaps best known for its weekly Monday open mic nights. Held in accordance with ‘Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam’, this occasion allows local and aspiring artists to showcase their own material and/or musical talents to a packed (and considerably varied) audience. Just quietly, musical agents have also been known to regularly attend Monday evenings at the Grace, so you never know who might snap up the opportunity for future paid gigs. To register your act, just approach Billy Bob in the beer garden serving $2 barbequed snags after 9 pm and add your name to the list!

Drink specials are not regularly featured from week to week, though prices do not exceed local standards, despite the usually free live music entertainment. Very much an Adelaide icon, local beers include a comprehensive selection of the SA Cooper’s range including vintage sparkling and chocolatey stouts for those colder Adelaide months.

The decor in the front bar is enough to attract crowds consistently with an array of classic hospitality memorabilia and retro signage. Guests also contribute to the Grace’s funky vibe with a broad range of fashions on display. From the indie/hippy crowds to those still garbed in their 9-5 suits, variety is about the only factor you can rely on. In typical homely tavern style, dress codes require only neat jeans and your standard casual best.

Open 4pm until 2am every day except Sunday (closing at 12 am), the Grace provides a fun evening and late night alternative when other mid-week venues are closed. Sporting also a dart board and Adelaide’s only 40 cent pool table, it would be hard to find a cheaper source of entertainment.

The Grace Emily is very much a beer/wine/spirits venue, so if you are looking for cocktails or mixed drinks a little fancier, this probably is not your ideal destination. If you are looking for a great night out though, and more variety in music than you would get from 10 of Adelaide’s best, this bar will not fail to satisfy. Situated on the city’s fringe, there is ample parking space and little concern from unwanted passers-by. Both relaxed and vibrant at the same time, be sure to check out this long established muso haven.

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