Render of the revitalised Brighton Metro Hotel

The historic Adelaide pub Brighton Metro Hotel has been in operation for 175 years, having first opened its doors in 1846. This year, the pub will take a step into the present with a $2.6-million renovation that will restore the historic building and re-vamp its buffet, sports bar and gaming room sections.

The renovation is being led by pub operator Australian Venue Co, which has stated its intention to stay true to the spirit of the existing pub while introducing some new design elements.

“It’s an historic pub with a unique offering, so we’re excited to breathe some new life into it,” says Australian Venue Co Chief Operating Officer, Craig Ellison.

“We’re designing the entire venue with the local community in mind, so we’re being careful to preserve the elements people love while also bringing in fresh new offerings and a fresh new design.”

The buffet area, Charlie’s Diner, will be at the centre of this re-design. The public bar will receive upgraded seating, a new beer garden and kids’ play area, and a new menu.

Brighton Metro Hotel is anticipated to re-open in June of this year, although parts of the venue will remain open throughout the staged renovation.

The re-vamp is part of a move by Australian Venue Co to revitalise historic pubs across Australia. Recently, the group also announced its acquisition of two other established pub businesses: the Jubilee Tavern in Airlie Beach, Queensland, and the Albion Hotel in Albury, New South Wales.

“Both of these pubs are an important part of their local communities, and we want to keep it that way,” stated Australian Venue Co CEO, Paul Waterson.

At this stage, no changes have been announced for either of the two venues.