Words by Maddie McDonald
The Tower Hotel, located in Magill, has shed its skin and transformed into a gorgeous establishment. With a multimillion dollar renovation, the new look is sure to earn a place in your heart, and the drinks a spot on your tongue.
The previous Tower had the feel of an outdated country pub, stocking the TAB, pool table, tired bistro and bench seating. In comparison the new version has stepped up to the table and created an atmosphere to suit everyone and anyone. The renovations, just newly revealed, give us insight into the future of pubs and how to create the kind of experience to entice customers, beyond those who just love a pint.
A white paint job to the outside has the place looking revived and fresh, but that’s just the icing on the cake; as you walk into the beer garden you’re greeted by cute archways, fairy lights, and the perfect mix of open and intimate seating.
With a large space dedicated to the exterior it offers separate areas to aid you in finding the atmosphere you’re after. The largest portion of the beer garden offers a space for live music beneath the green archways and open-style bench seating, perfect for groups and friends after that Saturday night banter, laughter and fun.
The rest of the garden wraps itself lovingly around the pub creating an escape from the crowd and a more intimate dining setting with booth or table seating, still of course upholding the fairy lights and archways so you feel as if you’re in a secret garden.
Inside, once again, the hotel has managed to utilise space to create a sectioned feel, whilst actually being quite open in its floor plan. For those of us who want to go to the pub and have a few beers with mates, there is a classic bar with high tables and chairs, perfect for chatting and having a pint or two. This area, just a few steps away from the inside dining, could be in a completely different world; the dining room has large tables and booths, spacious and open, great for people interested in dining out and going home.
The only separate area is the family dining section, perfectly designed for parents and kids to feel comfortable and unobtrusive in their dinner time struggles. One of the greatest elements of the renovation is the family friendly ‘kid’s cinema’. The Tower has taken the restaurant style ‘play gym’ to a whole new level. Offering a large screen cinema and enough seating for plenty this innovative design is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained while the parents relax—even sporting some pop-corn, fairy floss and choc-tops.
In amidst of the renovations, the menu is not to be forgotten. Keeping to true pub style food, there are a range of burgers and classics like steak and schnitzels, however with the growing demand for alternative and trendy meals the Tower has also added a range of ‘super-food’ salads and some share options. The flavors are full and hearty and exactly what you’re looking for in a pub meal.
The drink options have also transformed and are definitely a highlight, not only have the drink types extended, so have the beer options. Once again catering to everyone, the hotel stocks not only your usual beers like Hahn and coopers but have also added some funky craft beers like Little Creatures and Stone and Wood. If beer isn’t your style, there is a broad range of wines with some fairly well-regarded labels. The cocktail list is a real winner, with fun and explorative cocktails introducing elements like lychee and thyme, all are refreshing and easy to drink, plus a steal for only $12!!
If the Tower was aiming to accommodate everyone, well they’ve nailed it; from families to party happy youth, this pub has revamped in the best of ways and added an element sure to please everyone.