Adelaide's craft brewing scene has been slow to take off. That's no surprise – Coopers has been here since 1862. Today, it's the country's largest independent brewery and retains a loyal fanbase. Then there's our proximity to so many world-class wine regions, meaning beer has always had to work harder for attention.

Lobethal Bierhaus (established 2007) was one a few forerunners, but things really started to kick off around 2013, with the arrival of breweries such as Prancing Pony in the Adelaide Hills. Here's a list of our favourites close to town, with a bar to drink at. Typically, they have a relaxed warehouse vibe and pizzas or other beer-friendly food, making them great places to lose an entire afternoon.

Lot 100

Bar

A massive new-age barn run by some of the state’s best brewers, distillers, winemakers and cooks.

68 Chambers Road, Hay Valley

Prancing Pony

Bar

A brewshed with a big sense of community.

42 Mount Barker Road, Totness

Lobethal Bierhaus

Bar

Twenty beers to try, all malted, brewed and bottled on-site.

3A Main Street, Lobethal

The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Bar

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

39 George Street, Thebarton

Little Bang Brewing Company

Bar

Two beer experts brewing and pouring in a friendly atmosphere.

25 Henry Street, Stepney

Big Shed Brewing Concern

Bar

Fun, full-flavoured craft beer brewed in a big shed.

13 2 Brandwood Street, Royal Park

Bowden Brewing Company

Bar

The Nola team’s long-awaited Bowden brewpub is a 14-tap bar pouring easy-drinking ales, seasonal sours and bold IPAs. The in-house kitchen, Masa, is all about tacos, tostadas and “untraditional” Mexican snacks.

12 Fourth Street, Bowden

Sparkke at the Whitmore

Bar

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

317 Morphett Street, Adelaide

Pirate Life Port Adelaide

Bar

A giant peacock mural, a cricket-pitch-sized bar and enough beer to sink a ship – Pirate Life’s Adelaide HQ doesn’t do things by halves. Visit for core range classics, seasonal one-offs and international beers you won’t find elsewhere. There’s also a wide-ranging menu starring flame-licked dishes, plus an on-site barber to keep you looking sharp.

18 Baker Street, Port Adelaide