Adelaide’s beer gardens are more than just places to enjoy a drink; they are cultural landmarks that capture the city’s laid-back and friendly spirit. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast, a food lover, or someone looking to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere, these beer gardens have something for everyone.
So, the next time you find yourself in Adelaide, be sure to visit one or more of these open-air venues to experience the perfect blend of beer, relaxation and entertainment.
Tucked away on Rundle Street, The Exeter Hotel is an iconic Adelaide institution known for its laid-back atmosphere and incredible beer garden. Grab a spot under the shade of the century-old olive tree, enjoy a cold one, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Rundle Street.
Grace Emily, the gateway to Adelaide’s live music scene, offers more than just melodies; it has a cosy beer garden that’s a haven for music lovers. The wine board features local favourites, while open mics and jams, like Billy Bob’s BBQ Jam on Mondays, create a sense of family among the locals.
The West Oak is a hotspot for UniSA students, nearby hospital staff, and locals alike. The inviting beer garden, complete with a lush wall garden, spacious group tables, and a live music stage, sets it apart from the neighbouring drinking dens. The beer menu offers a mix of classics and craft beers in stubbies, tinnies, and longnecks. The food menu has all your classics, from schnitzel to scotch fillet and burgers of all kinds.
Whether you love sports and beer or are looking for a family-friendly destination, The Gully caters to all. Their award-winning beer garden, featuring a massive screen, is a highlight. The expansive decking surrounds century-old trees, spanning three levels and boasting two outdoor bars. The pub food extends beyond the classics, with an entire section dedicated to pizza, salads, and shared plates such as pork belly served with Asian slaw or vegan KFC.
Perched on the eighth floor, 2KW offers a rare and breathtaking view of the CBD and Adelaide Oval. The Mediterranean-style cabanas add to the allure. With an extensive eight-page beer menu featuring local gems like Big Shed Brewing and international classics like Little Creatures Bright Ale, it’s a beer lover’s paradise. Pair your choice with elevated bar snacks, like grilled Tasmanian scallops topped with truffled mushrooms, and Koji marinated fried chicken.
Once a neglected furniture store, this leafy jungle now caters to the hungry and thirsty of Adelaide with its multi-faceted venue spaces, including a beer garden. The atmosphere is laid-back but still buzzing with locals looking to escape the city life for a few hours. The kitchen menu is packed with specials, including $10 pizzas on Wednesdays. Although, peruse the menu to find everything from grilled pork skewers to brick oven roast chicken and a smoked lamb shoulder. They do wine by the glass, champagne, alcohol-free sparkling, beer, and more.