Adelaide’s Sparkke Change Beverage Co. adds a new chapter to the Whitmore Hotel with the launch of their very first brewpub. Set to open in December, the Sparkke at the Whitmore will transform a pocket of the CBD’s south-western corner, becoming one of the first brewpubs in the area.
Founded by a group of Adelaide women less than two years ago, the socially active alcohol company has commanded attention (and tastebuds) across the country ever since, with slogans including ‘Change the Date’ and ‘Consent Can’t Come After You Do’ plastered across their cans.
The Whitmore Hotel will undergo a $1.8 million transformation at the hands of an enviable design team, boasting the expertise of Troppo Architects and Fabrikate. It will maintain the heritage façade whilst championing Sparkke’s twin business mantras: sustainability and social responsibility.
“We’ve uncovered some extraordinary history in the pub – as we’ve carefully pulled back layers of old patching, multiple past renovations and additions,” explains Sparkke director, Rose Kentish. “We’ll reveal them through the architecture and interior design detailing but there are too many to list, some details in include two wells, the early terrazzo bar and wooden batoning.”
A focus on community will be paramount, set to be achieved through art, locally sourced food, music and brewing. Going hand-in-hand with this community-centred approach, safety has been carefully considered throughout, ensuring the wellbeing of all patrons.
“We have a big focus on safety, so we’ve built into the design of the building many ways that will enhance the experience of safety,” Rose says. “We want people to feel welcome, safe, relaxed and entertained, and that’s been thought through very consciously by Sparkke and our design team.”
“This is not a pub, it’s a creative, welcoming space that allows everyone to be a part of a creative community,” she continues.
With renovations already well underway, keep an eye on Clique to keep up to date with all the latest Sparkke at the Whitmore happenings.
WHERE: 317 Morphett Street, Adelaide
WHEN: December 2018
Photos by: Daniel Marks and Naomi Giatas.