With a wood-fired oven heating up both the pizzas and the patrons, this former mechanics garage in Norwood is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet one during winter. Base. Bar’s New York-inspired menu features classic French fries served with tomato sauce, and a slightly fancier option of sweet potato chips with aioli. An extensive drinks menu includes cocktails, local SA wines and a wide range of beers and ciders on tap. Bonus: happy hour (5pm to 6pm mid-week) includes pints of James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale and James Squire Orchard Crush for $6.
The Exeter Hotel
The Exeter Hotel is a staple in Adelaide’s city pub scene, and for good reason. Operating more as a lounge room than a pub, you can drop by for quiz night, curry night, late-night cheese toasties, or an afternoon beer and bowl of chippies. The hot chips here come standard-cut or as wedges, and with a promise of “delicious pub grub [with] no bullshit”, the sides to your precious chips are promising. Plus, its closed-in beer garden is a great place to escape the chill howling down Rundle Street.
The Bridgewater Inn
Trek up the hills in Bridgewater past Stirling Street, and you’ll find this quaint riverside pub. The Bridgewater Inn’s wood and stone-wall aesthetic is ideal for warming up by the open fire and enjoying a snack. Built in 1842, the inn was patronised by some pretty prickly folk during early colonial years, when “The Tiers”, which is what the Mount Lofty Ranges were called, was a common hiding place for ex-convicts and runaway sailors. Thankfully, today’s visitors are far more wholesome, but the story makes for good beer-and-chip chat. The current menu offers a classic basket of standard-cut, with tomato sauce, or wedges with sour cream alongside an array of local beers.
The Kings Head
When the winter sun glows, the wooden bench seats at The Kings Head on William Street are an excellent place to perch. Wander indoors and you’ll find plenty of dark-stained furniture and a pile of board games. The menu is stacked with delicious snacks, including a bucket of fries with Kings aioli and no less than 12 rotating taps of craft beer.
The Wheatsheaf Hotel
The Wheatie, as it’s lovingly called by locals, doesn’t have a kitchen. But, four nights a week, resident food trucks take their turn catering to craft- beer-loving patrons. Keep an eye on its food-truck calendar for when Daisy Burger rocks up out front to dish up shoestring fries by the bowlful. The Wheatsheaf also keeps a friendly relationship with The Deli, an eatery just up the road. Their extra-fat, double-fried chips are worth the walk, and bringing them back over to The Wheatie to enjoy with a beer is very much encouraged.
Pink Moon Saloon
In the heart of West End, Pink Moon Saloon is billed as the house of “fire and drink”. With a range of craft beers available both on tap and by the bottle, this popular bar is a particularly social spot to escape the winter chill. (It helps that the interior looks like a miniature alpine cabin).
The kitchen here serves sit-down dinners, but is also famous for its extra-crisp potato chips. They’re cut thick and come with mayo, but you can also add on any number of toppings, including smoked brisket, onion, bacon and mozzarella.
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