Mention the iconic Largs Pier Hotel and chances are someone will soon step up to regale you with stories of the crazy old days when rock legend Jimmy Barnes turned the venue into a renowned – some might even say notorious – live music destination.
And while it’s true that rockers young and old continue to make a pilgrimage to the place to see and soak up the spot where Jimmy belted out numbers – including ‘Largs Pier Hotel’, a nod to the wild old days when it heaved with youngsters gyrating to raw Aussie rock – there’s a whole lot more to this grand old lady of Adelaide’s beachfront.
Built in 1882 as a resort hotel for seaside holidays, the Largs Pier still relies on accommodation and its well-earned reputation for food for much of its business.
The 34 rooms range from sea-facing first floor heritage quarters with balconies at the top of a sweeping staircase, to modern motel-style lodgings and a spread of off-site apartments within an easy stroll of the hotel.
The warm and welcoming Pier Restaurant, in turn, celebrates the hotel’s art deco period and brings a contemporary flair to the dining experience.
During the working week, it’s home to business folk, while its weekends play host to locals enjoying a break from the nine-to-five routine in an idyllic setting. They are all drawn by the heritage architecture and panoramic views across Gulf St Vincent, with its sea-facing rooms offering some of the most spectacular sunsets imaginable. And when the weather turns, it’s time for angry storms, relentlessly rolling towards the shore, to excite your senses.
Another major attraction in a building oozing old world charm – but with all digital age mod-cons – is the hotel’s main bar, the Largs Bar. Loosely based on the famous Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, its woodgrain finishes, pattern-tiled floors, grand Cotswold furniture and ceiling punkah fans, will have you calling for a gin and tonic while being transported back to colonial days in the tropics.
Oh, and for those interested in history of a quirky nature, the Largs Pier Hotel is home to Australia’s first-ever drive-through bottle shop, having welcomed its first Holden FJ into the driveway back in 1953.
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Largs Pier Hotel
198 The Esplanade, Largs Bay