Guide to public houses (pubs)

Last updated 08 Sep, 2021

With over 70 pubs within the city terraces, Adelaide’s nickname should be the city of pubs. Explore some of the city’s favourite pubs, hotels and taverns on this self-guided trail.

Pick up a copy of this self-guided trail and map at the Adelaide Visitor Information Centre, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide, or follow the interactive map on your screen.

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A wide range of live bands play most nights, or live DJs play their favourite tracks.

The Exeter boasts an excellent wine list, locally made ciders, choice bottled craft beers, and the South Australian owned Coopers range on tap. Grab a cold tap beer for cheap at Happy Hour on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights.

Lady Burra Brewhouse is the only microbrewery, bar and kitchen located in Adelaide's CBD.

Brews here are handcrafted on-site using the finest ingredients. They are unfiltered, with no additives or preservatives - the way beer should be! The kitchen serves up an amazing Portuguese-inspired menu all thanks to our head chef, Rosa Dantes and our bar packs a range of local South Australian wines and spirits to match. Open for lunch and dinner, the kitchen features Portuguese inspired tapas, wood oven pizzas and great beer food. If the local football teams are playing at home, be sure to book.

The Grace Emily Hotel is one of the West End’s most historic pubs. Drop in for a pint, stay for the live music.

A bar with true character, filled with oddities and curiosities lining the walls - the band room offers a continual roster of assorted live acts, including the long-running Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam open mic on Monday night. Outside of the Jam you won’t find food, but you’ll find good beer prices, a pool table and a charming atmosphere.

This newly renovated pub on the strip is a popular one for the neighbouring uni students and city locals alike.

Thursday’s bring cheap drinks and a house party vibe. Come the weekend you’ll find local bands taking over the classic west end beer garden.Great SA roasted coffee can be found at the Deli from 8am. Hearty pub grub is served from the bar for lunch and dinner.

In the summer months outdoor seating on Union and Grenfell Streets makes for a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Offering what seems like continual beer specials, The Crown & Anchor has always been a much-loved place to gather.

By day, you'll find the work crowd relishing a somewhat evolved pub menu. By night, a marked focus on entertainment and top-notch liquor.

A stone’s throw from the northern entrance of the Central Markets.

This rather large hotel extends a full dining room, front bar, band room and even an out-house. With live music performed frequently. You can see why it’s struck a chord with the locals. A close port of call for a pint, some pinball and comfort filled evening.

The Gilbert has a great selection of lesser seen brews on tap. Nice little beer garden too. 

The Stag Inn (est. 1849), The Stag Hotel (1902) and now The Stag Public House is rich in history, holding one of Adelaide’s oldest pub licenses.

The Stag Public House brings back the best parts of the iconic Aussie front bar. A Pub should be a place for every- one, it shouldn’t matter whether you’re dropping in for a quick mid-strength schooner with the old man, or settling in for Friday night drinks with the girls, everyone is welcome.

A focus on local produce extends past the food. The Stag Public House hosts an all Aussie beer and wine list, because why drink a beer made on the other side of the world when you can sip on a schooie from Stepney.

Benjamin On Franklin Hotel is the quirky and charming pub you've been looking for!

The newly renovated Cumby has a beer garden and big screen live fox sports.

Check the link for food and drinks specials. DJ's Saturday nights.

An iconic pub that serves as a true staple of the Adelaide CBD, combining the rich history of SA’s own Coopers Brewery with a contemporary dining experience! We are also the only bar to feature the FULL RANGE of Coopers on tap, along with an amazing wine selection and cocktail list!

The Duke is a located in the heart of the Adelaide CBD Est. 1857.

Live music, great pub food and drinks specials.

Situated in the heart of the business and shopping district, Hotel Richmond is an oasis for the discerning traveller and offers modern facilities in an original 1920s Art Deco building. Hotel Richmond has a bar, restaurant and unique accommodation. 

Spacious watering hole with a stylish, old-school interior and a beer garden, for creative pub grub.

A family run food & functions pub in Adelaide's CBD - great for any type of function, meal or event!

The Astor Hotel offers multiple private function rooms, professional staff and modern cuisine.

Situated in the heart of the East End, the iconic Austral Hotel has long been recognised as a favourite amongst locals.

Comfort eats pair with ales & ciders on tap in a traditional English space with TV sports & music.

Designed to be the perfect place to relax and unwind or to gear up for a busy day. The Duke of Brunswick Hotel located on Gilbert Street, Adelaide is a beautiful heritage listed building.
Originally built in 1858, the reinvented Duke of Brunswick Hotel was born out of a commitment to being “seriously social”. 

The ideal spot for some of Australia's best independent craft beer and cider on tap.

Enjoy a drink and classic pub far in the sunny beer garden. Stay for the house DJs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; party into the night! Boutique accommodation upstairs boasting King, Double, Family and Single rooms, all with en suites, and a little bit quirky.

Classic Pub hospitality in the heart of Adelaide. 

Modern, renovated locale featuring upmarket pub plates & cocktails, plus a patio & terrace.

Charming pub built in 1873 offering a variety of bistro fare & beers, plus balcony & patio seating.

Pub classics from burgers to entrees in an old brick building with arty decor & outdoor seating.

Cocktails & creative bistro meals in a bustling watering hole with modern decor & a beer garden.

Cosy, Victorian-era building offering pub grub with a Scottish twist and single malt whiskeys.

A cultural icon of Adelaide, the Union Hotel has been serving up great food and drink since 1856.

The Union Hotel offers a selection of 12 beers on tap including imported beers and hand-crafted Australian beers. With a drinks list including both classic and neo-classic cocktails, you’ll always find something you love or new to try.

The restaurant menu ranges from traditional pub plates to masterful modern Australian creations. The food served at the Union is of the absolute highest quality and the continuous rave reviews tell the story.

A beautiful heritage listed hotel, conveniently located just a short stroll from the historic Adelaide Oval and the St Peter's Cathedral.

Don't be fooled by the Oak's quaint facade. It's a cool watering hole with live music, beer garden and craft beer.

Serving good food, good wine and good beer since 1838.

The Kentish is a beautiful historic old pub located in leafy Stanley Street, North Adelaide.

The Lion Hotel brings together great food and excellent service within one of Adelaide’s most historic hotels, made thoroughly modern.

With breakfast in the courtyard, live entertainment in the Bar and an Award Winning Restaurant, there's always something happening at The Lion.

The Oxford Hotel is an iconic pub in North Adelaide's busy O'Connell Street.

The Queens Head is the oldest licensed venue in its original location in South Australia. First licensed by Giles Abbott Snr in July 1838.

Sparkke at the Whitmore is a female-led brewpub, owned and operated by The Sparkke Change Beverage Company. 

Great food and a rooftop bar.

The Lord Melbourne is a pub with something for everyone serving classic pub food.

The Welly, as it’s known to the locals, is located in the heart of North Adelaide, just a short walk to the Adelaide Oval and the place to be before and after every game!