It’s getting hot in here and rather than taking off all our clothes, we should probably just pop out and smash a few cold frothies at the pub. HR will be so pleased. Check out our top picks for Adelaide beer gardens – paradise awaits.
No-fuss, homely and away from the hustle and bustle of the inner CBD, the Franklin’s beer garden is a backyard dream. Grab a local pint and some of their much-loved pub grub and perch beneath the shade of the Hills Hoist. It’s like stepping into an Aussie backyard, except there’s beers on tap. Ideal. There’s also rooms upstairs so you can quite literally make yourself at home.
There might not be fancy striped umbrellas, kitsch white picket fencing or bean bag lounges adorning the outdoor lawn at this iconic South Australian stalwart, but it’s still arguably one of the best beer gardens in the state. Punters flock to this patch of green in the summer months to catch the view. Atop picture-perfect Sellicks Hill, you can see right down the Peninsula across the vines, towards the hills of Lady Bay and back up to Brighton. You don’t even need binoculars. Publican (and wine extraordinaire) Doug Govan has owned the pub for the past 27 years, garnering avid regulars and many interstate and international fans over the years. On Sundays over summer, you’ll often find live music on the lawn, or DJ’s for special events. Make sure you secure a spot early though – this place gets packed out.
The Edinburgh Castle
Popular with music fans, this Currie Street hotel is the embodiment of a classic Aussie pub. Well worn timber floors, pool table, lazy couch area, generous u-shaped bar (none of this stylish no-space bar situation) and a spot-on beer garden. One of the oldest pubs in the city, the garden feels like it’s home to a stack of memories of good times had by all. A giant shady tree in the centre and weathered walls decorated with paste-ups make for a homely space to sip your brews. They’ve got burgers and schnitzel too, including vegan eggplant schnitties so everyone can get around the pub classic.
A popular wedding venue, the Jade is also home to a pretty damn cute beer garden. Hollyhocks, festoon lighting and gelati-coloured furniture make it a snap-happy haven to sip your chosen frothie from. An icon in the Adelaide music scene, the Jade moved from its home of many years on Twin street after the historic site was demolished. It’s forever home (hopefully) is in the old rectory on Flinders Street – adding to the charm factor.
Gilbert Street Hotel
The Gilbert is a go-to for residents and workers in the south-western corner of the city. The beer garden is funky, with turf on the walls, abstract floral lights and colourful bikes hanging from every-which-way. The staff here are the friendliest folk around, and there’s nothing quite like joining the Friday night onslaught in the garden for a pint and a bowl of wedges. They also do specials every night of the week. Out hot tip? Hot wing Thursdays (excuse the pun). These ones can book out weeks in advance though.
The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars
With one of the most expansive beer gardens in Adelaide, ‘the Ed’ is a leafy sanctuary to sit back and sink a few. Amongst the trees, vine-covered decking and turf, you can pull up a stool or a table and make yourself comfortable. With a separate children’s menu, bar snacks and full restaurant/pub menu, you can make a night of it with the whole family too. It’s suburban pub atmosphere at its very best. Plus you can take a pack of craft beers home with you from the cellar to enjoy in your own garden.
The humble Wheaty has been providing the western suburbs with beer, gigs, and reasons to celebrate our beautiful city for many years. With speakeasys and performances happening almost every night of the week, you’ll get your fill of local goodness just walking through the doors of the big blue building. In the backstreets of Thebarton, the beer garden is tucked away to the side of the historic venue but close enough you can still hear when the band starts to play. You might have your seat sorted in their spaceous garden but you’ll be hard-pressed to choose a brew, with an ever-changing selection on tap.
Belgian Beer Café
Belgians do it better according to the folks at the Belgian Beer Café, and with their enormous range of international booze on offer, you can be easily swayed. Grab a pint of Leffe and watch the bustling East End world go by. With seating out front among leafy Ebenezer place, it’s the perfect possie for a Friday night wind down, especially during Fringe time. If you’re a keen Belgian beer lover, you can join their ‘Carrot Club’ – a VIP club in homage to the historically famous carrot club and museum that still exists in Belgium today.
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