There’s no denying that we all love an ice-cold craft beer whether that be from our local pub or a famed brewery.
So, to help South Australians appease their thirst, we’ve found the 10 best places to drink craft beer in Adelaide:
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 destinations. 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.
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.
2KW 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. The tap craft beer range is exclusive and features local Pirate Life beers on a rotating, seasonal tap to pleasure your tastebuds.
Little Bang Brewing Co.
Hidden amidst the inner Adelaide suburb of Stepney, Little Bang Brewing has everything Adelaidians could ask for in a brewery fit for your next craft-beer drinking session. 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.
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.
Big Shed Brewing Concern
Renowned as one of Adelaide’s original 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 but wonderfully named and tasty craft beers expect everything from the F-Yeah American Pale Ale, Californiacator West Coast IPA and Frankenbrown American Brown Ale amongst many more. Under the guidance of the Big Shed Brewing Concern team, 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 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 ($10) and Big Shed Red IPA ($10), as well as interstate craft beers like Queensland’s Green Beacon ‘Half mast’ India Session Ale ($11).
Lady Burra Brewhouse
An inner city bar and restaurant with its own fully-functioning brewery, the Lady Burra Brewhouse is one of the best places to drink craft beer 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.
NOLA Craft Beer & Whiskey
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 Craft Beer & Whiskey 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.
Uraidla Brewery and Hotel
Nestled in the scenic Adelaide Hills, the Uraidla Hotel is fast becoming one of the Hills’ best go-to breweries in Adelaide. 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. If this isn’t enough of a reason to visit, they are also home to a beautiful beer garden surrounded by greenery and history. The Uraidla Hotel is definitely a leading craft beer destination.
Looking to explore more around South Australia? Start by ticking off these Top 10 Must-Visit Places in Adelaide and then continue with the 10 Unique Getaway Gems to Discover around South Australia – there’s something here for every type of traveller!