The Old Pubs of North Adelaide

Did you know some of the oldest hotels in South Australia can be found in North Adelaide? The British Hotel (1837) on Finniss Street and the Queen's Head Hotel (1838) on Kermode Street were among the first hotels established in the colony of South Australia.

Today, North Adelaide has eleven pubs in total: five in upper North Adelaide, four in lower North Adelaide, and two in the cathedral grid. Most of the upper North Adelaide pubs are located on O'Connell Street: the Caledonian Hotel, the Royal Oak Hotel, the Oxford Hotel and The Archer Hotel; while The Wellington Hotel is located further west on Wellington SquareLower North Adelaide has the Old Lion Hotel, Kentish Arms Hotel, Lord Melbourne Hotel and the British Hotel. You will find the Queen's Head Hotel and the Cathedral Hotel in the cathedral grid, both popular with patrons heading to the football or cricket at Adelaide Oval.

There are also several hotels that are no longer operating: the heritage-listed Dover Castle Hotel on Archer Street is no longer a hotel, having been turned into apartments; and the North Adelaide Hotel (most recently The Daniel O'Connell) on Tynte Street is not currently operating.

Here's a selection of historical photographs of North Adelaide's pubs through the ages.

Photos and text sourced from the State Library of South Australia.

Archer Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, 20...

Photo taken 17 July 2007

British Hotel, Finniss Street, North Adelaide, 194...

Photo taken 05 November 1941

British Hotel, Finniss Street, North Adelaide, 200...

Photo taken 17 July 2007

Caledonian Hotel, O'Connel Street, North Adelaide ...

Photo taken 01 January 1911

Caledonian Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 22 September 1967

Caledonian Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 31 December 1877

Cathedral Hotel, North Adelaide, 1936

Photo taken 26 February 1936

Cathedral Hotel, North Adelaide, 1937

Photo taken 07 April 1937

Commercial Hotel, Tynte Street, North Adelaide, c1...

Photo taken 09 October 1928

Dover Castle Hotel, Archer Street, North Adelaide,...

Photo taken 15 October 1976

Dover Castle Hotel, Archer Street, North Adelaide,...

Photo taken 01 January 1998

Hunstman Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, ...

Photo taken 01 June 1936

Huntsman Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, ...

Photo taken 05 November 1941

Kentish Arms Hotel, Stanley Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 05 November 1941

Lord Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Street, North Adel...

Photo taken 01 January 1977

Lord Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne Street, North Adel...

Photo taken 01 January 1920

North Adelaide Hotel, Tynte Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 22 January 1971

North Adelaide Hotel, Tynte Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 01 January 1995

Oxford Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide c18...

Photo taken 31 December 1893

Oxford Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, 19...

Photo taken 01 June 1936

Oxford Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide, c1...

Photo taken 01 January 1909

Queen's Head Hotel, Kermode Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 31 December 1844

Queen's Head Hotel, Kermode Street, North Adelaide...

Photo taken 01 January 1935

Royal Oak Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide,...

Photo taken 01 January 1971

Royal Oak Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide,...

Photo taken 31 December 1872

Royal Oak Hotel, O'Connell Street, North Adelaide,...

Photo taken 31 December 1876

Scotch Thistle Hotel, North Adelaide, 1923

Photo taken 01 January 1923

Scotch Thistle Hotel, North Adelaide, c1901

Photo taken 01 January 1901

The Lion Hotel and Brewery, Jerningham Street, Nor...

Photo taken 31 December 1879

The Lion Hotel, Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, ...

Photo taken 01 January 1910