West Oak Hotel
Since its erection in 1838, the building at 208 Hindley Street has been the Worldsend Hotel, the Royal Oak Hotel, the Royal Oak, and the Miner's Arms. As of October 2017, it has been the West Oak Hotel.
It has the essence of a prototypical Aussie pub. The layout and a few salvaged elements from the original decor (the odd cracked tile, battered timber doors on the old Kelvinator fridges) are nods to the hotel’s legacy, seamlessly integrated into the functional, modern fit-out. A lithograph, entitled Hindley Street Looking East, features a gentleman on horseback riding down a wide dirt road.
The modern pub serves beers and wines with a local flavour. A mini deli-cafe faces out to Fenn Place – a busy route for uni students commuting between campuses and visitors to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Mount Gambier’s Mirkro Coffee Roasters supplies the beans and the menu is simple: charcuterie boards and a selection of “Pub Sangas”. Try the three-cheese and jerk beans.
Upstairs is The Jolly Bar. Another room on the upper storey houses a gallery for local artists. And the beer garden includes a live-music stage.