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Port Adelaide Historic Pubs

Port Adelaide Historic Pubs

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Port Adelaide
Heritage Pub Trail
Welcome to thePort Heritage Pub Trail!
On your journey through the Port Adelaide State Heritage Areayou will notice a concentration of heritage pubs that is second to none. One is almost given the impression that there is apub on every corner!Each pub on the trail is steeped in history that can be soakedup by just stepping inside the front door. You may even meet oneof the many local characters who frequent these pubs and begiven a free lesson in the Port’s infamous folklore.Be sure to enjoy the hospitality offered at these great heritagepubs along the trail!Those interested in delving deeper into the history of the pubsmay wish to purchase the “Pubs of Port Adelaide” book, which isavailable at the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre.
Did you know?
In 1915, during the First World War, restrictions on hotelopening hours were imposed. Pubs throughout Australia wererequired to close at 6pm - introducing the infamous ‘6 o’clock swill’ where, close to closing time, patrons would consumeas much beer as possible before they were obliged to leave the premises. South Australia was the last state to change these laws. It did so in 1976, introducing 10 o’clock closingunder the premiership of Don Dunstan.
Source: State Library of SA Website: www.samemory.sa.gov.au
 An example of an early liquor licensing law in SouthAustralia (1839) stated that a publican was required toprovide for “…a traveller and his horse, or a traveller withouta horse, the horse of a traveller not becoming a guest of thehouse …or any corpse which may be brought to his publichouse for the purpose of a Coroner’s inquest.” Any publicannot providing such a service was committing an offenceand liable to be ned up to 20 pounds.
Source: Ofce of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner  Website: www.olgc.sa.gov.au
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Port AdelaideStation
Birkenhead Riverview Tavern
3 Elder Road, BirkenheadTelephone 08 8449 6558 Website www.birkenheadtavern.com.au
History of the Pub
Built and opened in 1877.Became the “local” for Port Adelaide workers who caught theferry home across the Port River to Birkenhead as it was ideally located to call in for a drink after a hard day’s work.Local shipwrights held regular meetings at the hotel withone particular meeting resulting in the formation of thePort Adelaide Sailing Club in 1891.
Folklore of the Pub
In the 1950’s local constabulary used to purchase alcohol with thehelp of the Harbors Board watchman after the normal six o’clock closing time. The watchman contacted the publican suggesting theupstairs window light be icked on and off to signal to the youngofcers that they could collect beer from the back door of the“Birk”. Of course the publican thought it was a good idea to have the long arm of the law on his side!
Opening Hours
7 days a week from 9am weekdays, 8.30am weekends
Breakfast Saturday & Sunday from 8.30am to 10.30amAll day dining Saturday & Sunday from 12noon to 9pmLunch 7 days a week from 12noon to 2.30pmDinner 7 nights a week from 6pm to 9pm
Did you know?
During the peak of a king tide in July 1998 the Port River’s levelrose and ooded the pub, which was the result of three days of north-westerly winds forcing water up the gulf.The Birk’s bistro has an all weather deck offering great viewsof the Port River and historic Port Adelaide.

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