Smith’s Alternative is a licenced venue. Persons under 18 must be under the responsible supervision of a parent, guardian or carer.
Please note that the details below were correct pre-Covid.
Smith’s is slowly opening up post lockdown.
We are open midday-8pm, longer for performances. Please check the Calendar for details.
Shows at Smith’s follow a fairly regular pattern, but we’re flexible, so please contact us with your ideas.
Monday early evenings (7-9pm) are in most part reserved for poetry, with a team of local poets putting on a variety of shows each week under the banner of That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Week. Most events begin with an open mic so bring your poems along to share.
Bands are invited to rehearse on the stage on Monday evenings from 9.30pm. Email us if your band would like to rehearse.
On Tuesdays there’s mostly just one show in an earlier timeslot (7-9ish). Regular monthly events are the Bang!! Beng!! Bing!! Bong!! Bung!! for beginner singer-songwriters, Classical Capers open mic for classical music, Geoff Page’s Jazz and Tunesday indy band night.
We have two shows each night, 7-9pm and 9.30-11.30pm. All types of performance are welcome.
Smith’s Varietal is held most Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30pm. There are no restrictions on genre, style, vulgarity, art form. We accept virtually anything and anyone. Dance, origami, balancing acts, acrobats, impressionists, expressionists, depressionists, magicians, comedians, bonsai demonstrations, burlesque... Anything interesting, unusual, entertaining, humourous, but not illegal or degrading to the human spirit. Each Varietal is hosted (including selecting the acts and being MC) by someone from the local community. Generally a minimum of five acts is required. If you would like to host a Varietal, email us.
There are usually three shows on Saturdays; 4-6pm, 7-9pm and 9.30-11.30pm. There are also opportunities for shows after midnight.
Sunday afternoons we have a Jazz Jam, 1-3.30pm, with the Smith’s Alternative House Band leading the way and players and singers invited to join in.
Sunday late afternoons (4-6pm) and evenings (7pm-late) are open to any genre.
Other regular events include Lunchulele, a beginner level uke/singing group (12.30-1.30pm Monday), Lunchtime Sing Fling, a vocal workshop for non-singers (12.30-1.30pm Tuesday), and Smith’s Scribblers life drawing (12.30-1.30pm Thursday).
Smith’s also hosts book launches, workshops, talks, presentations, panels and we are keen to have more weekday events.
Let us know what you’ve got to share.