The Best Pubs in Adelaide

Updated 5 months ago


Adelaide’s pubs have been around since the early 19th century. Back then, public houses 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. Whether you’re looking for a game of trivia, a place to go before a big night or a place to have one, you’ll find the perfect pub on this list.

Adelaide City

  • 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.

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

  • A carefully updated old classic.

  • The first rung on Adelaide’s live music ladder.

  • Better known as “The Cranker”.

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

  • A traditional pub that’s all about live music.

  • It’s a “pub in wine-bar skin”, with a rotating list of classic cocktails; bar snacks and cheeseboards; and a laid-back courtyard with loads of mediterranean energy.

  • Expect foraged produce, atypical pub food incorporating Mismatch beers (think kingfish garnished with hops and a riff on beer-can chicken riff) and experimental brews made in the “Mismatch lab”.

Adelaide Hills

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

  • Get to know the locals at this historic pub.

  • This hilltop boozer may look vintage from the outside – but its dizzying wine list and modern Australian pub grub say otherwise. The festoon-lit beer garden is a destination in its own right, offering gorgeous views of the city at night.

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

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

Adelaide Metro

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

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

  • This heritage pub has lived many lives, but loves to keep a bit of nostalgia on menu. Find Euro classics like a chorizo scotch egg and a fancified chicken Kyiv, plus local beers and spirits from the inner west.