The Hotel Wright Street is one of those pubs that gets things, well, right. Instead of feeling like a carbon copy of just about every other pub around Adelaide it's found it's own niche, and looks pretty snappy at the same time.
Wright Street is just south of the Central Market, and this is the type of place you'd head for a few chilled out drinks with friends. The old pub has been recently restored, and it looks mighty fine inside and out. There's a very classic exterior, while inside has more of the warehouse feel.
There's a pool table inside, and interesting pictures hung all along the walls (or as they call it, arty farty stuff). The amount of space here is also refreshing.
The Hotel Wright Street's most unique element would have to be it's cider list. While plenty of pubs around town have huge boards detailing the range of exotic and hard to find beers they keep in their store, Hotel Wright Street has been crafting one of the finest cider lists around. You can grab a big bottle of cider to share, stick with something local from South Australia, or sample an interstate or international drop.
Forget about Strongbow, these ciders do their apples justice. The cider theme continues outside, where you'll find a cider garden instead of a beer garden. There's even an apple tree growing in the centre of it.
The list of drinks extends to some interesting cider tails, cocktails that all make use of a particular cider. On a hot summer day the Dirty PIMMS is a great choice, a cidery twist on the classic PIMMS drink. There are regular cocktails too if you'd prefer one sans cider, but the list isn't very long.
There's a separate dining area if you're planning on having a meal; it's a little less noisy, but still has all the atmosphere. The Hotel Wright Street is open for lunch, and dinner 7 days a week, and they open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. If you feel like skipping the cider for an early morning breakfast they have a great range of fresh juices, or you can go a bit wild with a bloody mary wake-up-call.
Breakfast is full of mostly hearty options, there aren't any pancakes but there are a couple of lighter options like french toast and muesli. Otherwise it's all about the eggs. It's pretty reasonably priced, with all meals coming in under $16.
Lunch & dinner have a upmarket pub style menu. Typical selections include the steak sandwich, schnitzel, fish and chips, and the steak. Things get a little more fancy with salmon linguini, warmed farro & quinoa salad, duck leg confit, and smoked lamb cutlets.
If you just want something small to enjoy with a few drinks, then the tasting plates are recommended. You'll need to check the board to see daily specials, but you can pick up a combo of these plates $9 for 1 taste, $16 fo 2, $22 for 3, $27 for 4, or $31 for all five tastes. Each taste is only really made for 1-2 people so keep this in mind.
The Hotel Wright Street does well at catering for those looking for a bite to eat, or those just after a drink. There's a seamless atmosphere throughout the entire pub, unlike some places that regale you to the dusty old bistro if you're after a proper meal. The menu is interesting for pub fare, but it's the cider list that really sets this place apart from the rest.