A mighty icon in the Adelaide landscape, The Brompton is a stylish venue indeed. Locals are keen to amble in at any time of the day for a quiet beer at the bar; while evenings take on a more urgent tone, with 20 and 30-somethings looking to get a little loose on the dancefloor to the live bands. Regular drink specials also keep the mood, with the Brompton's own tap brew proving a nostalgic favourite.
The Brompton restaurant, The Brasserie, serves up a gourmet, a la carte menu for those wanting a swish, sit-down affair, as well as a more traditional menu of pub grub if you're just after something to mix with that pint. There's also an extensive wine list of international varietals, including French champagnes, New Zealand whites and a humble list of Grange. The staff seem more than happy to recommend a match for that pork hock or the confit duck legs with pear, so just ask if you're at a loss. Or if you're just grabbing a quick parma, a pint of Coopers Pale Ale will probably do you.
The Brompton's mighty courtyard is also known far and wide. A huge amount of tables and chairs take care of those who drop in for a full meal or a liquid lunch, and the split roofing allows you to drink under cover or under the stars. Get in early on weekends, as locals have their favourites possies staked out early.
Tyson Burroughs, December 2008