Adelaide Pubs: More than Beer!
While Adelaide has evolved over the years, one thing has remained popular and integral to our local culture: The Pubs.
So often called the City of Churches, Adelaide is in fact, a city of pubs, with a higher per capita density of pubs than any other major Australian city. Indeed, with more than 70 pubs in the city centre alone, that is an indisputable fact.
Adelaide’s pubs also bridge a gap between the city’s history and its contemporary relevance in a way that few other institutions can do. Many of Adelaide’s pubs are some of the oldest buildings, even outdating the Adelaide Town Hall. With that fact in mind, one could make a loose argument that Adelaide’s Pubs are the true home of architectural, cultural and political history in this city!
These age-old structures have been so much more than simple watering houses over their lives. Throughout their histories, Adelaide’s pubs have acted as accommodation, restaurants, live music and theatre venues, social hubs, political fortresses, and even impromptu morgues.
(The Botanic on North Terrace, constructed in 1876, then and now)
And today they still fulfil these roles. While the popular image of a pub is just a place to drink, Adelaide’s pubs have so much more to offer than just a pint or a glass of wine.
Thanks to the National Trust of South Australia, we have a fantastic City Explorer App and website to offer those interested in Adelaide's history, and their City of Pubs trail should be of particular interest for anyone keen to learn about our pub-history!
If you're keen to discover even more of Adelaide's pubs and their history, check out our Pubs in the City of Adelaide, Other Interesting City of Adelaide Pubs and Pubs & Pews of North Adelaide pamphlets from previous History Festivals.
Here is a selection of the bevy of historic Adelaide pubs still acting as custodians of local culture and commerce while they pour a frosty beer:
Images courtesy of National Trust of South Australia, Metropolitan Hotel, Hotel Richmond