The modern, stylish, light and contemporary interiors of the recently renovated Bartley Hotel at West Lakes Shore suggest a tavern that’s very much in keeping with the times.
And that it certainly is, with a bistro and outdoor deck, a large sports bar with glowing fires, tastefully created booths to underline the cosiness and a more intimate front bar combining to offer the sophistication one expects from a hospitality destination in one of Adelaide’s more desirable neighbourhoods.
The food extends the theme of excellence – there’s a full spread of modern Australian and international dishes on a menu that also displays a touch of Asian influence in the shape of the family recipes handed down through the generations – as do the efficient and impeccably attired service staff.
But scratch a little at the surface and you’ll soon discover what lies at the very heart of the Bartley Hotel and makes it such a popular address for young and old in search of a memorable occasion with family and friends: it’s a country hotel in the city.
There’s a familiarity about the place, with friendly and approachable staff stopping to chat with regulars and newcomers alike, taking time out to enjoy a bit of light-hearted banter and, by their actions, sending a clear and reassuring message that noting is too much effort.
The food is hearty, too, with the $11 Schnitty Night each Tuesday always well-supported, and a homely Korean chicken, either as a bistro meal or in the pub as a burger, standing alongside winter warmers such as rich casseroles and curries as constant favourites.
On the beverage front, The Bartley offers an extensive selection of beers on tap and a wine list that proudly gives many fine South Australian drops hero status.
Another attraction is live music in the front bar on the last Friday evening of each month, with the large stage hosting Adelaide rock royalty such as Clearway, The Incredibles and Eleven Days.
For further information, please visit thebartley.com.au.
Bartley Terrace, West Lakes Shore
Ph 08 8449 4033