ADELAIDE | The West Thebarton Hotel, or more precisely its front bar, wasn’t always a spot for craft beer lovers, but in 2017 renovations saw it resurrected as the West Thebby Social Club.
The bar very much retains that old school suburban pub vibe, but has modernised where it counts. There’s 12 taps pouring craft beer and cider. Big Shed Brewing founders Jason Harris and Craig Basford are big supporters of the venue and were involved in the refurb, so expect to see a decent range of their beers at any given time.
There’s even a CANimal machines behind the bar if you want to get anything that’s on tap packaged to take home. If it’s not tap beer or cider you’re after, there’s a very decent can and bottle selection in the fridges. For non-beer drinkers, it’s spirits from small producers plus cocktails, and wine.
The food menu is burger focused, with an assortment of pub classics and sides to compliment. Wings, steak sandwiches, parmis (as they call them in South Australia), you get the drift. Their $5 cheeseburger, a riff on the classic Maccas cheeseburger, is delicious and has to be one of the best value pub burgers in town.
As with any good old school pub, there’s board games, an assortment of music, and live music from local bands most nights and weekends.
It’s also worth noting that if none of this appeals to you and you’re looking for the pokies and bistro, you can find both operating out the back of the venue.
West Thebarton Hotel
51 South Road
South Australia 5031
Sun – Thu: 11:30am to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30am to 12:00am