Adelaide's top 6 brewhouses for craft beer and food

Come for the cult beers, stay for the woodfired pizza, burgers, tapas or mod Oz food at these bars and breweries in the South Australia capital.

A beer paddle and a plate of food at Lady Burra, Adelaide
  • Alexis Buxton-Collins
  • April 2020

Yes, South Australia does wines very well – but as these cool beer pubs and breweries in Adelaide reveal, the craft beer, with food to match, isn’t far behind.

Lady Burra brewhouse bar & kitchen

An inner-city pedestrian mall is an unlikely location for Adelaide’s first microbrewery but don’t let that stop you. Five core beers are accompanied by seasonal specials, however it is the food that sets Lady Burra apart. It is quite possibly the city’s best Portuguese fare – think pub grub such as crispy wings marinated in spices alongside pizzas and petiscos, the Portuguese version of tapas.

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Sweet Amber

This cult brewery’s beer, with its cool movie-inspired labels, can be found in three locations but their cosy original home in the seaside suburb of Semaphore is worth visiting. Grab a comfy couch, choose between four taps then have your beer and eat it too with one of their ale-infused woodfired pizzas.

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Top shot of a group of people sharing pizzas and beer at an outdoor table at Sweet Amber
Beer infuses every aspect of this popular brewery, including the pizzas!

Lot 100

Save the driving and get the best of the Adelaide Hills at this one-stop-shop with an onsite brewery, distillery and winery (they also have fresh juices) in Hay Valley. The tropical Mismatch Session Ale is always pouring on one of 40 taps and the simple Italian-influenced mod Oz menu of sharing plates includes pappardelle with rich pork and fennel ragu and beef tartare accompanied by charred leek and spent grain from the brewery. A smaller menu is available in the outdoor courtyard.

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Outdoor shot of Lot 100 brewhouse with people sitting in the courtyard.
As a brewery, winery and distillery collective, Lot 100 has something for everyone.

Big Shed Brewing Company

This brewery might be famous for its Golden Gaytime-inspired beer but there is nothing experimental about their simple, filling burgers that complement their tipples.

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Sparkke at the Whitmore

The motto at this female-owned and run brewery is “made by women, for everyone”. Limited-edition brews come from the small nanobrewery and the gorgeous 180-year-old building’s refit also includes a breezy rooftop terrace. In the kitchen, chef Emma McCaskill’s inclusive menu reflects her Indian heritage.

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Outdoor shot of Sparkke at the Whitmore building
Sparkke at the Whitmore also offers a rooftop terrace in its historic building.

Little Bang Brewing Co

It will take a few visits to try all of the 20-plus offerings at this taproom just east of the CBD. Fortunately, regular trivia, movie and comedy nights provide plenty of excuses to stop by. And with a recent move to larger digs at Stepney, a short drive east of the city, there is now a permanent kitchen serving light East Asian-inspired dishes such as bun cha pork meatballs.

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