By Cat Lever
Front bars across SA will be pouring pints and flying flags this Saturday for what will (hopefully) be the greatest day the Adelaide Football Club has seen since 1998.
We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 SA pubs to catch the thrills and spills of the AFL Grand Final Day, whether it’s in the city or outback South Australia.
Not only do pubs create a pumping atmosphere on grand final day, but they are also pretty important to the SA economy.
A 15% increase in turnover in the hotel industry could lead to the creation of 2049 more jobs.
So unravel that Crows scarf and head down to one of these watering holes! #ichoosesa
Oh, and GO CROWS!
1. THE ARKABA (Adelaide Metro)
There’ll be no standing on tip toes at this pub to catch a glimpse of the game on the screen. The Ark has big TVs to capture all the action.
A players sweeps will also entertain the masses, and free schooners will be awarded every time your player gets a goal. (Drink responsibly if you pick Eddie Betts).
2. THE FEATHERS HOTEL (Adelaide Metro)
Named best Australian beer garden at the national Australian Hotel Association Awards recently, The Feathers’ celebrations kick off from 12.30pm.
Footy food platters, drink specials and post-game entertainment will be on offer, $35 per person.
3. THE HAVELOCK (Adelaide Metro)
Word is that the ‘Havy’ will be a safe haven for Richmond fans. For $70pp, enjoy four hours of drinks and a gourmet barbecue lunch.
For $30pp, footy food will roll out every quarter, plus bites before the game, while exclusive drink specials will be available.
4. THE ORIGINAL COOPERS ALEHOUSE (Pulteney Street, Adelaide)
The alehouse is putting on a lock-in lunch ($65pp) featuring finger food, selected tap beers, wine and soft drink siren to siren.
5. THE PORT NOARLUNGA HOTEL (Adelaide South)
Cheer on the boys at the Port Noarlunga Hotel, which is having an all day happy hour.
At half-time an U.G.L.Y barbecue will start sizzling, with donations going to the Leukaemia Foundation.
6. THE RENMARK CLUB (Riverland)
Two game-day packages will be on offer. One is pints of house beer and cider, glasses of wine and half-time snacks ($60pp).
The other is pints of house beer and cider, glasses of wine, house spirits and half-time snacks, $120pp.
7. PRAIRIE HOTEL (Outback)
The Prairie Hotel, in Parachilna 500km from Adelaide, never has a TV but this weekend calls for change.
The Prairie will bring in a telly screening the game in their new Stratco pavilion.
This pub is also renowned for its native Flinders dishes featuring kangaroo mettwurst, emu paté, and bush tomato chilli jam.
8. PORT LINCOLN HOTEL (Eyre Peninsula)
This seaside pub is part-owned by Crows legend Mark Ricciuto, so they will be playing the game live and loud.
Adelaide band Keep the Change will play live after the game.
9. THE PENNESHAW HOTEL (Kangaroo Island)
Feeling knowledgeable on game day? Try your hand at the AFL 20-question quiz, while a sausage sizzle keeps hunger at bay.
The whole pub will be decorated in Crows colours. Festivities start from 1pm.
10. MARION BAY TAVERN (Yorke Peninsula)
Six plasmas with surround sound and a prize for the best dressed couple are bound to create some noise.
The pub is also hosting The Yorkes Surfing Classic, which is one of the biggest amateur surfing events in SA, so it will be a huge day for the bay.
*Please drink responsibly*
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