If you can’t stand that cliché “every hour is happy hour”, we feel you. We like our beer cold, affordable, and ideally presented to us within a specific timeframe at a great venue. So we’ve rounded up some of the best beer specials at the best spots in Adelaide – week in, week out.
The Bath Hotel
Happy hour: Mon to Fri, 5pm–6pm
There isn’t a bad night to pull up a stool at The Bath Hotel. The now-revamped Norwood mainstay might have commanded the corner of The Parade and Queen Street since the late 1800s, but its pre-dinner happy hour keeps up with the times (and spans the entire working week).
Happy hour at the Bath brings $6 pints of James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale and Orchard Crush Cider. If you find yourself a few pints deep on a Tuesday, shuffle across the beer garden to its offshoot bar, Base. It’s the only night oven-fired pizzas go for $15 a pop. Choose from 10-or-so different toppings.
Lady Burra Brewhouse
Happy hour: Tue to Thu, 4pm–6pm
It’s not every day you can sink a beer in the building it’s brewed – especially when that building is smack-bang in the middle of the CBD.
Adelaide’s first inner-city microbrewery, Lady Burra, has a starting four that are always on tap: pale ale, pilsner, IPA and red ale. Its Tuesday-to-Thursday happy hour is reason enough to try (and rank) them all. Seasonal, small-batch brews dip in and out.
Happy hour drinks kick off at 4pm; the kitchen fires up for its Portuguese-flavoured menu at 5pm. The one-hour layover often comes with complimentary beer nuts to tide you over. They’re roasted in-house and tossed through head chef Rosa Dantas’s spice mix. Lush.
The Crown and Anchor
Happy hour: Wed 8pm–11pm
As far as happy hours go, three of them bunched together is pretty much as good as it gets. Your choice at The Cranker is as simple as a pale or dark beer (unless you want to go between the two). Without fail, the Canker pulls a massive hump-day crowd, and it’s known to get rowdy. So if we’ve got one piece of advice: take orders and carry a couple at a time to minimise duck-and-weave trips to and from the bar.
The Curious Squire
Happy hour: Fri 4pm–6pm
Any mention of The Curious Squire conjures up images of 50-cent “Wing It Wednesdays”, big-arse burgers and deep-fried Oreos. But (if its name isn’t a dead giveaway) the O’Connell Street restaurant-slash-bar is, first and foremost, Adelaide’s home of James Squire – the only place in the state to get your hands on the brewer’s full craft-beer catalogue of draught and bottled beers.
Friday afternoon is the go-time here for wallet-watchers. Knock off early, get in the door by 4pm and you’ll have two hours to relish in $7 James Squire pints. Live music kicks in from 5pm.
Gilbert Street Hotel
Happy hour: Mon and Wed, Fri 5pm–6pm
Tucked in the city’s southwest pocket, the Gilbert Street Hotel has the heart (and prices) of a suburban pub. A fiver buys a Belgian bottle during happy hour, or chuck in an extra dollar for a pint with more of a local flavour. Think Pirate Life Brewing and Big Shed Brewing Concern.
Friday’s instalment of happy hour runs alongside on-the-house bar snacks to help ring in the weekend. Thursday is the only weeknight exempt from happy hour, but the few extra bucks you spend on beer level out with dirt-cheap Buffalo wings (plus your choice of flavour) for $10 a kilo. Pre-booking encouraged.
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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with James Squire.