Venue information

"We love The Hairy Dog. Still one of the best music venues in the country" - Laurie Vincent (Slaves)

Live music

Since opening the doors in 2012 The Hairy Dog has become a favourite port of call on the UK touring circuit.

The Hairy Dog has made a name for itself having played host to bands such as Slaves, Sleaford Mods, The Blockheads, Cockney Rejects, Old Firm Casuals, UK Subs, Suburban Legends, Unearth, Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain and hundreds more.

2016 saw the opening of our new 400 capacity venue room, with an impressive new stage, p.a lighting rig, cloak room and most importantly our new bar. This area of the venue is now all on ground level to make access easier.

We have also refurbished our second stage in our upstairs room. With its own bar and dressing room, p.a lighting rig and new lower level stage this is a great 80 capacity space.

Main Bar

The main bar is open every day from 5pm all the way until 3am.

It has become a safe home for Derby's alternative culture and is always loud, lively and accommodating to all.

Private hire and external promoters

Looking for a venue for a party, corporate event, drinks reception or invite only gig?

Our live music room is available for hire for private events or to external promoters - make an enquiry using our online form.


Outside space is of a premium around our historic building but we have a street-side covered and heated seating area as well as a covered space with seating at the rear of our main room.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday - 5pm to 3am
  • Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 3am
  • Last Entry 2.30am

Please check gig listings, our blog, Facebook or Twitter for door and stage times for specific gigs.