A casual visit to Tokyo in 2013 to catch up with one of the partners’ son proved to be the spark that ignited what has become one of Adelaide’s most distinctive music venues – and it’s right here in the heart of Port Adelaide at the state heritage-listed Railway Hotel.
It’s here that you’ll find a performance venue within a pub, free of pokies, not a TAB outlet in sight and the ubiquitous sports bar conspicuous by its absence.
In their place, there’s a muso-friendly environment fully kitted out with a raft of musical instruments and offering one of the very best sound systems you’ll find in a pub. Indeed, anywhere, co-owner and musician in his own right, Peter Kostiw, assures us.
The philosophy lifted from that downtown Tokyo haunt – to offer a stage and the required instruments to seasoned and casual musicians alike – has been warmly embraced by locals. The word is spreading too, with visitors from as far afield as the Adelaide Hills now flocking to the venue every evening bar Mondays.
Saturday afternoons are particularly special, when the inviting entertainment space is transformed into jazz heaven from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Entrance is free but get in early as the students and academics of the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium are big drawcards as they bash out the classics, the cutting-edge and the contemporary in a relaxed setting complemented by great value pub food and a craft beer and wine list that’s ever expanding to cater to the tastes of patrons.
As Peter says, at the Railway Hotel, all that’s on offer is live music, food and drinks, but we move heaven and earth to ensure it’s the best available.
For more information:
The Railway Hotel, 247 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
T:0417 867 727/ (08) 8447 1527