Looking for a place to drink craft beer in Adelaide? Our list of local pubs and famed breweries are sure to hit the spot!
There’s no denying that we all love an ice-cold craft beer. Thankfully, South Australia is home to some of the best microbreweries and craft breweries in the country.
So, to help you appease your thirst, we’ve found the 10 best craft beer breweries in Adelaide of 2023:
Big Shed Brewing Concern
Renowned as one of Adelaide’s best microbreweries, from a rental property’s shed in the Barossa Valley, to a large warehouse in Royal Park, Big Shed Brewing Concern has certainly come a long way. Creating an array of weird yet wonderfully named tasty craft beers, you can expect everything from the F-Yeah American Pale Ale, Californiacator West Coast IPA and Frankenbrown American Brown Ale amongst many more. For your visit we’d recommend partaking in the Ultimate Brewday Experience where you can get down and dirty lugging hoses, taking samples and understanding the hands-on nature of the job. Big Shed Brewing Concern really has it all!
The Edinburgh Hotel
The Edinburgh Hotel – or ‘The Ed’ as it’s known to locals – is renowned amongst Adelaidians for being home to one of South Australia’s best beer garden experiences. It’s a pub steeped in history and still holds its historic appearance today while ensuring certain features, like the modernised beer garden, to fit current trends. Anytime of year, The Ed is the perfect suburban destination to tuck into a craft beer in a vibrant atmosphere.
Lady Burra Brewhouse
An inner city bar and restaurant with its own fully-functioning brewery, the Lady Burra Brewhouse is one of the best craft beer breweries in Adelaide thank to its central location – perfect for after work drinks. With a vast range of craft beers including their own specialties the Lady Burra Pilsner, Nitro Irish Red Ale, India Pale Ale and Pale Ale, it’s a craft beer lovers dream. Lady Burra Brewhouse is full of passionate people who are great at what they do. A must visit in 2023!
Little Bang Brewing Co.
Hidden amidst the inner Adelaide suburb of Stepney, Little Bang Brewing has everything Adelaidians could ask for in a brewery. Its large open-air courtyard is perfect for a sunny day or a starry night. With beers including their debut brew the 10.1% ABV Galactopus, Little Bang Brewing Co.’s range is equally extensive as it is enticing. Brewery tours are also on offer and they regularly host events including quiz and live music nights to create the perfect atmosphere.
Malt Shovel Taphouse
Perched upon an idyllic location overlooking the River Torrens, Malt Shovel Taphouse is a lavish bar and restaurant fast making a name for itself as one of Adelaide’s best craft beer breweries. Their signature offerings include beers from Byron Bay Brewery, Eumundi Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery and Kosciuszko Brewery amongst many more. With an extensive tap beer range available, there’s no denying that Adelaide’s Malt Shovel Taphouse will offer something for all craft beer lovers.
Arguably Adelaide’s leading craft beer dedicated bar, NOLA has become a go-to destination for craft beer enthusiasts. With its New Orleans theme, NOLA is also one of Adelaide’s best jazz bars and serves up great food with a focus on Creole and Cajun soul cuisine. With 16 tap beers on rotation, visitors can expect an extensive range of both independent and craft brewed products from South Australia, interstate and overseas. Every time you visit there will always be something new and different on offer.
The new Parkside Hotel has undergone a complete revamp which has transformed its outdoor space into one of Adelaide’s most modernised and picture-perfect beer gardens. With bright colours and sunlight gleaming through, it’s easy to get carried away on a beautiful afternoon. The tap and bottled beer range on offer is impressive, featuring local delicacies like the Lobethal Red Truck Porter and Big Shed Red IPA, as well as interstate craft beers like Queensland’s Green Beacon ‘Half mast’ India Session Ale. If you’re looking where to find the best craft beer in Adelaide, Parkside Hotel has it.
Pirate Life Brewery
Situated in historic Port Adelaide, the Pirate Life Brewery is home to a stunning outdoor area and one of Adelaide’s greatest range of beers on tap with 24 varieties on offer. Behind a long-spanning polished concrete bar is Pirate Life’s monstrous brewery with gleaming stainless steel tanks to adore. With entertainment aplenty, including a 22-foot shuffleboard and pinball machines amongst other games, you will never get bored. The brewery is even home to an in-house hairdresser, Robbie’s Chop Shop, as well as a merchandise store where you can take home all your favourite Pirate Life beers.
Nestled in a scenic, lush greenery community, the Uraidla Hotel is famed for being one of the best breweries in Adelaide Hills. A go-to for visitors and locals alike, the Uraidla Brewery runs out of the Uraidla Hotel, and has its own extensive range of craft beers including the likes of the Half Moon Pale Ale, Old Ones IPA, and Half Moon Session Pale to name a few. Priding themselves on operating as an environmentally conscious and highly sustainable business; Uraidla Brewery grow and harvest their produce on site and, if need, they source from local and ethical suppliers. With a beautiful beer garden and interesting history, the Uraidla Hotel is definitely a leading craft beer destination.
2KW Bar & Restaurant
2KW Bar & Restaurant offers a lavish experience like no other in Adelaide. Perched on the rooftop of a King William Street office building, 2KW is a hot ticket for knock off drinks and day-time beers with its idyllic north-facing views over North Terrace, North Adelaide and Adelaide Oval. It has become renowned for its up-market status with a high-end restaurant to match. Staff show a genuine passion for their service and will go above and beyond to make your experience extra special. With a rotating, seasonal tap selection, 2KW is sure to please your tastebuds.
Keen to check out more local brewers? Sip your way through our list of The 10 Best Craft Beer Breweries in South Australia. Or, round up your mates for a drink and feed at The Top 5 Pubs in Adelaide and The Best Beer Gardens in Adelaide of 2023.