Pubs in Adelaide have been around since the early 19th century. Back then, public houses were required to carry out more functions than a typical drinking establishment. They also served as hostels, post offices, general stores and community meeting places, meaning they had to be larger than their English counterparts.

That’s why pubs are usually found towering over the intersections of Adelaide’s busiest streets. Their size – and all of the different functions these pubs cater for – is their greatest strength. What makes the best pubs in Adelaide so special is how easily they can accommodate so many different types of people seeking distinct experiences.

Whether you’re looking for a trivia game, a family meal, a big group catch-up, a place to go before a big night or a place to have a big night, you’ll find what you’re looking for at one of these pubs.

The Stag Public House

The iconic East End pub has a kitschy sports bar, an old-school poolroom and a kitchen run by an ex-Orana, Noma and Attica chef.

299 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Port Admiral Hotel

One of the state’s oldest pubs – reimagined by a group of hospo heavyweights.

55 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide
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The Wheatsheaf Hotel

An unpretentious pub dispensing (and brewing) some of the world’s best beers.

39 George Street, Thebarton

West Oak Hotel

A carefully updated old classic.

208 Hindley Street, Adelaide
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The Exeter

This old pub hasn’t been updated since 1929, and you wouldn’t want it any other way.

26 Rundle Street, Adelaide

The Grace Emily

The first rung on Adelaide’s live music ladder.

232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

Sparkke at the Whitmore

A behemoth brewpub, restaurant and rooftop bar with a star chef.

317 Morphett Street, Adelaide

The Crown and Anchor

Better known as “The Cranker”.

196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
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The Austral Hotel

The classic Adelaide pub that’s always open for a jug.

205 Rundle Street, Adelaide

The Hotel Metropolitan

A traditional pub that’s all about live music.

46 Grote Street, Adelaide

The Uraidla Hotel

An old pub gets a welcome refurb in the Hills town.

1198 Greenhill Road, Uraidla

The Crafers Hotel

French-bistro cuisine, pub classics and seven rooms to stay the night in.

8 Main Street, Crafers
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Stirling Hotel

A century-old pub with an eye on the future.

52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling

Stanley Bridge Tavern

Get to know the locals at this historic pub.

41 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun

Red October

A modern Russian gastropub.

22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
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Stirling Hotel

A century-old pub with an eye on the future.

52 Mount Barker Road, Stirling