What's happening here

The Stag is one of Hastings’ premier venues for live music, The pub has a long-established tradition of folk and acoustic music, which we are delighted to continue alongside a wealth of Americana, Indie and country-tinged acts. Our live weekend bands combine the best of the considerable pool of local talent with exciting visiting acts. Keep it live, keep it free.

Look out for our special weekend mini-fests, as well as regular features like the Laughing Stag Comedy Club, Friday Night Supper Clubs, Audience with … series of interviews and our new Vinyl Club. 

Mondays - The Stag Quiz Night - booking required

8pm start

Come and face the challenge if you dare. An anarchic night of quiz questions from published Quizmaster (and landlord) Nick Holt. There is lively banter and occasional irreverence. It’s rarely the same, it’s never too easy, and it’s always a blast. Even the loser wins. Booking required - maximum six per team, £2 per person.

Tuesdays - Folk sessions 

8pm - 10pm

The Stag Tuesday folk session has been around for forty years or so. Anyone can sit around the table with the regulars or stand up and sing a song. You’ll find the locals are never shy of doing so and newcomers are guaranteed a warm welcome. Or you can just grab a seat, enjoy a beer and watch.


First Wednesday of the month
Americana & Bluegrass session, 9pm

Third Wednesday of the month
Book Club, 7pm - 9pm

Thursdays (3rd and 4th of the month)

8:30pm - 11pm

The third Thursday of the month sees a wonderful A Capella sing-a-round hosted by Rattlebag.  Come along and share a song in this intimate space, or just listen to the voices around you. 

The fourth Thursday sees Liz & Rob host their Blues & Folk Club.  Musicians, singers and audience all warmly welcomed.  Come as strangers and leave as friends.


Regular Friday features include Tasting Suppers, Laughing Stag Comedy Club, Vinyl Club, An Audience with … (interviews with local musicians). Keep your eye on our Facebook page for details.


The Stag is a small but widely respected music venue with some of the town’s best live bands. Look out for our live gig announcements on our Facebook page.

Check us out when Hastings is holding one of its many festival weekends – The Stag is always at the heart of Old Town celebrations and awash with costumes and characters.