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A Footy-Lover’s Guide to Iconic North Adelaide Pubs

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We are truly in the throes of footy fever. North Adelaide is brimming with heritage pubs where you’re so close you can hear the roars from the Oval! We’ve covered where to head before, during or after the game.

Queen's Head Hotel

117 Kermode Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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You know a pub is doing something well when its the oldest licensed venue in an original building in the State. Established in 1838, the Pub has maintained its cosy, welcoming vibe with a few sleek updates over the years. Come game day, show your Adelaide Oval pass for a $14 Margherita or pepperoni pizza and wash it down with their rotating monthly beer specials. If you’re lucky, you’ll score an elusive seat in front of the fireplace.  


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The Archer Hotel

60 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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The rumours are true. The Archer is back! Established in 1882, the iconic heritage pub has lived a colourful life including stints as a library, bank and radio station. It reopened its doors recently with a few sleek updates. There are 17 beers on tap for your drinking pleasure and plenty of space for you to pop your feet up. On match day, you can enjoy unlimited house brews or wine from siren to siren for only $30 and pizza slices for $1. 


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Cathedral Hotel

45 Kermode Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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Literally 400m from the Oval, you could almost perch on the balcony and get a glimpse of the action live. The Cathedral Hotel know a thing or two about beer, taking out the Draught Beer Quality Award at the Australian Hotels Association SA Awards for Excellence. The spacious spot, established in 1860, is divided into distinct areas to suit any mood! Grab two pizzas for $35 or pint of Cooper’s and burger for $22 and pick your possie in the dining room, one of two separate bars or the outdoor area.


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British Hotel

58 Finniss Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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Self-proclaimed as the cosiest pub in Adelaide, the British have three log fires to back it up. The sprawling Pub has a little something for everyone. Nestle into one of the oversized armchairs, sit street-side if you’re keen to catch some rays, play some pool in the front-bar or grab a seat at the bar and have a chinwag with the staff. Enjoy something from the modern-Australian menu which shows off the best of local produce and wash it down with something from the extensive wine list.  


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The Oxford Hotel

101 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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It’s hard to miss Lisa King’s large-scale mural emblazoning the side of the Oxford Hotel. The art journey continues throughout with the works of local artists rife throughout the airy pub. Sit back and pick a brew from the 14 taps and 30 craft varieties in the fridge or snag a burger and pint for only $20. With former Hilton Adelaide chef Symon Conway-Lyden at the helm, you’re in for an elevated pub grub treat.


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The Kentish Hotel

23 Stanley Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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The Kentish Hotel, located at the eastern end of Stanley Street, is a favourite amongst locals and their furbabies. The gastropub’s menu is inspired from all across the globe with treats like Korean fried chicken wings, gochujang sweet vinegar, peanuts and coriander while also showcasing local produce with soul soothers like Port Lincoln mussels, white wine & tomato broth, parsley and garlic toast.

If your team makes the Grand Final, keep your eyes pegged for their footy extravaganza in the light filled Wine Shed. The game is shown on large screens and the all-inclusive event includes a drink package, an overflowing grazing table, a gourmet BBQ and plenty of live entertainment.   


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The Lion Hotel

161 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006

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The Lion Hotel has a slew of awards under its belt, for plenty of good reasons. As a regular Australian Hotel Association Best Hotel and Best Restaurant winner, you know you are in for a treat. Grab some pub classics at the bar or celebrate a win in style at the acclaimed Restaurant. Built in 1871 and with early beginnings as a brewery, The Lion Hotel also has beer running through its veins. Quench your thirst on game day with $6 pints of Carlton Draught & Pirate Life Port Local Lager from siren to siren or $16 cider and Superdry jugs all day. Continue the night after the game with live music and DJs.


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