Forget air-con: don’t deny yourself the pleasure of consuming a cold beverage outside in the Australian heat.
Because it’s getting warmer, we’ve collected the best outdoor drinking spots in Adelaide. From rooftops to beer gardens, Adelaide has a number of venues that don’t put a roof over your head.
Because it’s on the eighth-floor on the corner of North Terrace and King William Street, 2KW has an impressive (and rare) view of the CBD and Adelaide Oval. While the views alone are worth the visit, the Mediterranean-style cabanas have their own allure.
To drink there’s an impressive eight-page beer list, from locals such as Big Shed Brewing to a full range of Californian Slo Brew and classics such as James Squire’s 150 Lashes Pale Ale. There’s also an extensive range of bar snacks including herb ricotta, gnocchi and oysters, or pick from a range of sliced meats and cheeses.
The newly opened West Oak, at the west end of Hindley Street, has been embraced by students and staff from neighbouring UniSA and workers from the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. It’s not just the location that’s ideal – the secluded beer garden is a standout and is complete with a wall garden, large tables for groups and a stage for live music. The beer list is a mix of classics and craft beers – such as locals Little Bang and Pirate Life – in stubbies, tinnies and longnecks. Bar food is limited but satisfying; there’s a range of toasties such as turkey and brie, and three cheese and jerk bean. Barossa Fine Foods provides the charcuterie boards, and Say Cheese supplies a baked cheese. Thursdays there are $4 schooners.
The Gully Public House & Garden
If there’s one thing that works up a thirst it’s watching professional athletes run around. The Gully understands this and delivers with a large screen and an award-winning beer garden. The impressive decking is built around a collection of 100-year-old trees and stretches across three levels with two outdoor bars. The appropriately low-key pub food is outshined by the dreamy setting, which is best enjoyed with one of the classic beers on tap, which include James Squires Chancer Golden Ale and Little Creatures Bright Ale.
Belgian Beer Café ‘Oostende’
For more than 15 years the Belgian Beer Café Oostende on Ebenezer Place has been serving pommes frites with a side of Belgian mayo and cherry beer to folks on the bricked patio that connects Ebenezer Place and Vardon Avenue. It’s still a sunny-afternoon favourite for beer lovers and beginners alike because of its 40-beer range, including Trappist beers brewed in one of only 11 Trappist monasteries throughout the world, to the Wit & Saison beers (which must contain 50 per cent wheat) and the café’s famous cherry beer. All are best enjoyed with a one-kilogram pot of black SA mussels that come in a choice of six broths.
The Curious Squire
The Curious Squire’s balcony beer garden is custom built for sunny-afternoon knock-offs. Of particular note is the beer-friendly food that accompanies the pub’s complete range of James Squire, including one-off releases brewed in-house.
From Cajun ribs to 50c wings on Wednesdays, the entire menu is designed with beer in mind – with one exception. The Curious Paws menu is specifically for dogs and includes a Woof Burger and Rocky Road (made from carob). Beer is free for dogs over 25 (proof of age required).
The HandleBar Adelaide
If you’ve frequented the south end of the city recently you might have happened across (or been stuck behind) a 16-person “pedal pub” called The HandleBar. The moving bar serves South Australian beers and drinks to a group of pedalling punters and is steered around the inner city by a designated “Bar Handler”.
The maximum speed is 14 kilometres per hour and there’s a dedicated bartender to ensure you don’t spill your drink. The bike itself, the first of its kind in Australia, was made in Amsterdam and travelled by boat to Adelaide. Each two-hour session is booked in advance and you can choose two pubs and one park for your group to stop at along the way.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.