The Best Beer Gardens in Adelaide, Australia

Roxie’s | © Roxie’s
Photo of Tom Smith
12 March 2018

Few cities in Australia like a drink quite as much as Adelaide, surrounded by some of the country’s finest wine regions and home to a number of quality breweries. And the best place to enjoy some of the local product is at an atmospheric beer garden, like these eight alfresco bars you can visit around Adelaide.

Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Edinburgh Hotel © Courtesy of the Ed
The Edinburgh Hotel | © The Ed

Located in Mitcham just south of the city centre, the Ed’s beer garden is renowned as one of Adelaide’s best. And it’s not hard to see why — the huge grassy area is peppered with undercover pergolas and surrounded by vines and lush, leafy gardens that provide the perfect setting to enjoy the seasonal food menu as well as a long list of local drinks.


Bar, Pub Grub, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, $$$
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Roxie’s beer garden © Courtesy of Roxie's
Roxie’s beer garden | © Roxie's

One of Adelaide’s most hotly anticipated venues opened its doors last November after years of pop-ups at this East End location. Roxie’s finally opened a permanent garden bar and eatery in this leafy Grenfell St space, with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menu that’s every bit as rustic as the exposed-brick, white-timber space it inhabits.

Bridgewater Inn

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Bridgewater Inn © Courtesy of Bridgewater Inn
Bridgewater Inn | © Bridgewater Inn

This place is a 20-minute drive south-east of the city centre, but it’s worth the journey when you arrive at this stunning pub set amongst the Adelaide Hills. The sunny outdoor area overlooks both the trickling Cox Creek and the iconic Bridgewater Mill, like something you’d sooner see in a quaint Bavarian village rather than on the doorstep of a major Australian city.

The Republic

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Norwood, Adelaide © Mertie / Flickr
Norwood, Adelaide | Norwood, Adelaide

This Norwood favourite is an elegant pub that’s benefitted from major renovations that have added sleek, contemporary facilities to a historic venue built in 1880. There are lots of outdoor seating options beneath the sparkling fairy lights in the sprawling beer garden area, a twinkly setting for a meal that’s more than your average pub grub.

The Jade

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Jade © Courtesy of the Jade
The Jade | © The Jade

Pastel pink, yellow and baby blue decor isn’t what you normally associate with your typical Aussie beer garden but that’s exactly what the Jade delivers. The beautifully landscaped garden occupies the courtyard of the scenic St Paul’s Rectory on Flinders Street, which is complemented by the colourful furniture and the line-up of live music that the Jade is famous for.

The Edinburgh Castle

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Edinburgh Castle © Courtesy of the Ed
The Edinburgh Castle | © The Ed

Adelaide’s oldest continuously licensed hotel — which has been pouring pints since way back in 1837, barely six months after the colony of South Australia was established — is home to one of the city’s most-loved beer gardens, which oozes character out the back of this historic live-music pub.

Cumberland Arms Hotel

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Two schooners of Australian beer © Wagner T. Cassimiro/Flickr
Two schooners of Australian beer | Two schooners of Australian beer

A heritage-listed pub in the West End of Adelaide, the Cumby has been rehydrating the locals since the 1850s, and a recent refurbishment has made it one of the city’s trendiest watering holes. The CBD’s biggest beer garden is all exposed brick, timber walls, leafy gardens and fairy lights, with misters to cool you down in summer and heaters to warm you up in winter.

Gilbert St Hotel

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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The Gilbert Street Hotel beer garden © Courtesy of the Gilbert St Hotel
The Gilbert Street Hotel beer garden | © The Gilbert St Hotel

This classic pub is situated smack-bang in the middle of the city, just a short stroll from the Adelaide Central Market — but this leafy beer garden feels a world away from the hustle and bustle. This stylish, modern outdoor seating area features a retractable roof so you can enjoy an alfresco tipple at any time of the year.

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