When you want to see what the homespun talent is doing, you can’t beat a jam session or local band in a pub. Live Bar in the centre of Truro seems to be where a lot of the action is, with bands and DJs from across the spectrum of genres. It’s got a clubbier feel and it’s all about the drinks and the music, not the food.
9a River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2SQ, 01872 264611
If that sounds too urban for you and you’d prefer something a little more low-key, the Driftwood Spars on the coast in St Agnes has a more traditional pub feel and has been putting on live music for almost 50 years. With everything from folk to reggae, the Driftwood Spars have hosted bands that went on to become household names, such as Reef and Feeder – so you may well be seeing the next big thing as you sip your pint. The food here has a good reputation, too – and they’ve even got their own micro-brewery so real ale fans will be happy.
Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0RT, Tel. 01872 552 428
Less formal still are Thursday evenings at the Bowgie Inn near Newquay. The weekly jam session is a lucky dip of style and quality, but you might just be treated to a real gem. It’s a venue that’s popular with locals and visitors alike; a pint at one of the garden tables overlooking Crantock beach always makes a good sundowner.
The Bowgie Inn
West Pentire, Crantock, Cornwall, TR8 5SE, Tel. 01637 830363
The Blue Bar, on the beach at Porthtowan, holds regular comedy nights throughout the year, usually on the last Thursday of the month. The acts can be edgy, so it’s definitely an over-18 door policy. The Blue Bar is relaxed and friendly, there’s a good menu, an even better view and tables outside if the weather is being kind.
Eastcliff, Beach Road, Porthtowan, Cornwall, TR4 8AW, Tel. 01209 890 329