Open fires, comfy couches, some of the best local musicians around, a craft beer mecca, food trucks,
an affable publican and her equally welcoming assistants…and not a pokie machine in sight.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the middle of the perfect please-don’t-wake-me-up dream, but this heavenly scenario is very much real and wholly earthly and can be found at 39 George Street in Adelaide’s inner western suburb of Thebarton.
To be precise, at the historic Wheatsheaf Hotel.
Affectionately known as ‘The Wheaty’, it’s a celebrated brew pub and original live music venue where patrons can enjoy an eclectic spread of sound on most evenings of the week while sampling craft beers from the Wheaty Brewing Corps, the hotel’s brewing arm established some 15 years back.
Unless hosting a visiting brewer, The Wheaty’s 13 rotating taps are all dedicated to its house brews – and that’s some 130 different beers in more than 400 batches, many of which has won multiple brewing awards.
It’s also the ideal venue for those dark and foreboding winter days and nights, with dark beers such as stouts and dark ales featuring prominently on what sole publican, brewer and self-confessed benevolent dictator Jade cheekily calls ‘The Font of Darkness’.
The Wheaty though, is more than just a home for the beer nerds, with the old-style country pub also enjoying a growing reputation for its extensive whiskey collection and wine list. Some even consider it a most civilised home-from-home, where they can catch up with mates for a drink, settle into its cosy couches before an open fireplace, set up the chess or backgammon board and while away hours of pleasantry.
And when the hunger pangs send out little reminders, there’s the food trucks that, on a nightly rotational roster, could well send a bunny chow – it’s the signature street food of South Africa’s Indian community in the port city of Durban, comprising a curry deposited in the hollowed innards of half a loaf of bread – your way.
For further information, please visit www.wheatsheafhotel.com.au.