The 15 Best Pubs In Adelaide

Adelaide is culturally enriched by its wonderfully trendy pubs that all offer a distinctively different experience.

The capital of South-Australia doesn’t fall behind any of it’s northern counterparts when it comes to it’s pub culture, in fact, it’s ahead in many ways!

The vast array of cosy, intimate venues along with larger, bistro-style pubs means that there’s an array of options to choose from and the live music scene is also thriving as a result.

Whether you are looking to source a new ‘local’, catch up with family and friends, organise a work event or simply catch a glimpse of upcoming talent, you’ll be certain to find the venue to suit you from the list below! 

15 Best Pubs In Adelaide

Stanley Bridge Tavern

This venue boasts a stunning, open fire that ensures the tavern has a cosy ambience.

It is one of the local favourites due to it’s generously sized beer garden and is the perfect spot for some classic pub meals.

This place will never leave you disappointed when you’re simply seeking wholesome food and familial comfort on a cold evening.

Location: 41 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 10pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm, Sun: 11am – 10pm

Stirling Hotel

The Stirling Hotel is an older venue that is undoubtedly part of the fabric of Adelaide’s pub culture.

There is something to please everybody here as they boast a luxurious restaurant, a pizza bar, bistro, reputable accommodation, a library and a function area!

They also switch up their menu with an abundance of fun twists and modernised takes on pub classics.

The stunning veranda and outdoor area makes the Stirling Hotel the perfect spot for gatherings of family and friends alike.

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Location: 52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm, Sat: 8am – 12am, Sun: 8am – 10pm

The Crafers Hotel

This pub has undergone a transformation into a stunning bistro-pub that boasts internationally renowned wines.

You will most definitely enjoy bountiful supplies of great wine within a chic and elegant atmosphere.

Location: 8 Main Street, Crafters SA 5152
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 10am – 12am, Sat – Sun: 8am – 12am

The Uraidla Hotel

What once was a dingy old venue, this pub has transformed into one of the trendiest spots in Adelaide and is renowned for its wonderful craft ales.

There is also a humongous glasshouse that boasts stunning views of the oval. The menu is also experimental and their pork ramen is a must-try!

If you are looking for a more British option to suit the vibe, be sure to try their SA fish and chips. You are guaranteed to have a wholesome time at this venue!

Location: 1198 Greenhill Road, Uraidla

The Austral Hotel 

The Austral Hotel is always ready to embrace the crowd and has become a marked favourite on Adelaide’s main street since as far back as the 1880s!

It’s reputation speaks for itself and their traditional pub meals and vast array of alcoholic beverages ensures that no night out is complete without first stepping into this venue.

Location: 205 Rundle Street, Adelaide

The Hotel Metropolitan

This is the perfect pub for hearing music from local musicians and it is well known for its relaxed ambience.

There are also two outdoor beer gardens where you can pop out and escape the noise whilst sipping on the finest beer Adelaide has to offer.

Their pub dishes are crafted with an International twist making this the perfect venue for your avid traveller too. This is an authentic pub experience that shouldn’t be slept on!

Location: 46 Grote Street, Adelaide

Sparkke At The Whitmore 

This venue is the perfect spot for those seeking a hearty pub meal and a beer in the CBD. Their beers also champion social justice making them a standout option on this list.

With slogans like “consent can’t come after you do”, this industrial pub undoubtedly has warmth and integrity at it’s core and the service is undoubtedly reflective of this.

Definitely one to recommend.

Location: 317 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Tues: 12pm – 6pm (Bottleshop only), Wed – Sun: 11am – Late

The Grace Emily

15 Best Pubs In Adelaide

This reputable venue hosts slam poetry nights as well as general open mics and live music events. Whilst their food menu may not be extensive, their wine menu is.

So be sure to come ready to indulge in the finest SA wines in the whole of Adelaide presented to you on an old school chalkboard!

Location: 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: pm – 11pm, Fri: 4pm – 1am

The Crown And Anchor 

This pub is known to Adelaide’s locals at “The Cranker” and this name abbreviation should tell you all you need to know about the level of love that people have for it.

It is an undoubtedly classic venue that stands out amongst Adelaide’s ever changing and modernised bar culture.

Their pinball machine, comedy and live music makes this place an entertainment hotspot without it needing to change a thing!

Location: 196 Grenfall Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Wed: 11am – 12am, Thurs – Fri: 11am – 3am, Sat: 11am – 12am, Sun: 11am – 10pm

The Exeter

This pub is situated neatly on the corner of the busy Rundle Street and is undoubtedly one of the finest pubs in Adelaide.

They host live music events nearly every night and their inexpensive food options include a phenomenal steak sandwich as well as an array of vegetarian choices. This is not one to miss!

Location: 26 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 11am – 1am, Wed – Sat: 11am – 3am, Sun: 11:30am – 2am

West Oak Hotel

There’s something for everyone at this pub. It only serves local beers and wines and offers an uncomplicated, traditional menu.

Their beer garden and live music combined ensures that there is always a vibrant atmosphere at this pub.

They have also added a deli-cafe which is popular amongst the local students and the top floor boasts a stunning art gallery making this a distinctly unique venue.

Location: 208 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 4pm – 11pm, Thurs: 12pm – 11pm, Thurs: 12pm – 3pm, Fri: 12pm – 12am, Sat:: 4pm – 3am

The Wheatsheaf Hotel 

If you are looking for a cool beer on a balcony, then this is the spot for you.

The Wheatsheat Hotel is renowned for serving the finest craft beers from across the world and also boasts an in-house brewery!

The alternating food trucks outside make this a fun and vibrant venue that never misses!

Location: 39 George Street, Thebarton

Port Admiral Hotel

This is one of the oldest venues in Adelaide but it is still full of life! It boasts a stunning open-fire barbecue and serves only local beers! The Port Local is a favourite and a must-try.

This is also a spacious venue making it perfect for gatherings of family or friends alike.

Location: 55 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs: 4pm – 10pm, Fri – Sat: 12pm – 12am, Sun: 12pm – 5pm

The Stag Public House

This pub adopts the persona of a classic East End pub with a classic aesthetic and delicious food.

It has been open since 1849 and so is the perfect amalgamation of tradition and modernity and the interior design and food choices reflect this.

Be sure to purchase a cob loaf and split it between your friends to soak up that alcohol!

Location: 299 Rundle Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Wed – Thurs: 4pm – 12am. Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2am, Sun: 12pm – 11pm

The Norwood Hotel

This is a heritage-pub and a renowned local institution. It is inspired by Irish culture and it’s older exterior/interior will leave you feeling like you are sipping in Dublin!

They serve the finest local beers and have an extensive list of wines on offer. There are also four distinct dining areas that serve modern Aussie meals which makes it ideal for reunions with friends.

They also host live must events and gigs from local and upcoming artists.

Location: 97 The Parade, Norwood
Opening Hours: Mon – Tues: 11am – 9:30pm, Wed – Thurs: 11am – 10pm, Fri: 11am – 2am, Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 11am – 9:30pm

The King’s Head (BONUS)

This pub takes supporting local produce to a whole new level, only serving beer, food and wine that is directly sourced from South Australia.

This means that you’ll only be sampling the finest craft beer in this venue and will only be able to drink these beers at The King’s Head, specifically.

This has attracted a wide range of returning ‘locals’, who pride themselves on only drinking locally brewed beverages.

There are also a wide range of board games abatable to play and as such, this venue has become one of the cosiest, warmest pubs in Adelaide making it perfect for a quieter gathering of friends.

If you are looking to nestle into a pub with a relaxed ambience that also takes great pride in it’s Australian heritage or if you suffer from any form of social anxiety, this is the spot for you!

Location: 357 King William Street, Adelaide
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 2am, Sun: 10am – 12am

Dylan Cole