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.
Electra House Garden Bar
A spacious outdoor area surrounded by exposed redbrick walls, hanging plants and plenty of booths and bar tables, Electra House’s Garden Bar provides a well-sheltered watering hole year-round. An antidote to a hurried day, the beer garden boasts an extensive refreshment menu, featuring the likes of James Squire’s Hop Thief, Golden Ale and Cider. Sip on cooling brews as the sun sets, then head upstairs for a serving of the venue’s famed Electra Fried Chicken, better known as EFC.
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 Little Creatures Bright Ale. There’s also an extensive range of bar snacks including pork crackling with bourbon and maple vinegar, 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 – 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.
Benjamin on Franklin
Known to locals as the Benji Hotel, this Adelaide establishment is a pub where you can expect to find more than sausage, mash and cheap house reds. Benjamin on Franklin is a charm-filled gastropub in an elegant setting that welcomes in regulars seven days a week. On a summer’s afternoon, share tasty plates among friends – think yellow fin tuna flanked by pickled beetroot and chickpea salad – then choose from the venue’s selection of quality brews (Furphy among them) and listen to live music in the relaxed, breezy beer garden until the later hours.
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 White Rabbit Dark Ale and Feral Hop Hog IPA.
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.