Adelaide pub reopens as The King William this month

One of Adelaide’s oldest pubs has a new lease on life, with The King William (formerly Ambassadors Hotel) now officially open.

First licenced in 1841, The King William is housed in one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings.

Co-owner, Sam Stoios, says the renovations respected its heritage ahead of its opening in time for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

“We’ve created a fresh space where everyone is welcome, and can appreciate a place that feels modern but retains its history,” says Sam. “And much like the Prince Albert (also co-owned by Stoios), customers can expect restaurant quality in the food on offer in the bistro.”

The King William’s head chef previously ran kitchens at The King’s Head and The Stag, while its venue manager has looked after Never Never Distilling – both passionate about providing unwavering hospitality to revellers.

The King William’s multifaceted nature gives it a diversity unmatched by many other pubs across Adelaide.

Along with the bistro, a revamped beer garden and saloon, there is also the Glasshouse function venue with 180-degree city views, able to house between 100 and 400 guests.

Accommodation previously linked to the venue is also being revamped and is expected to launch later this year.

Co-owner, Darren Brown, says sister venue and basement bar, Velvet Underground, is anticipated to open mid-March.

“Featuring DJs, jazz and various local bands, Velvet Underground is a welcome addition to the live music scene with its central location and unique identity.”

With a licence to open until 4am, varying crowds are expected to embrace the dive bar – which has been refurbished to hark back to days gone by with velvet walls, murals, a pool table, and darts.

The King William and Velvet Underground are located at 107 King William Street, Adelaide.

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