South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, has officially launched Adelaide’s newest hospitality and entertainment district as the ribbon was cut to open SkyCity Adelaide and its adjoining luxury hotel, EOS by SkyCity.
The precinct incorporates a Heritage building and an adjoining 12-storey newbuild, with the former housing a variety of food and beverage establishments including The Guardsman Restaurant and Bar, which opened to the public earlier this year. Also within this established structure is the Pirate Life Microbrewery, which forms part of The District at SkyCity which includes a Sports Bar, Poker Zone and Bistro.
Connected by a three-storey atrium, the newbuild next door is headlined by the 120-room EOS by SkyCity hotel, which is complemented by four additional eateries – including the rooftop Sol Bar and Restaurant, Chinese restaurant Huami, Italian eatery ITL and quick-service Asian restaurant Lucky Noodle. Each restaurant will have access to a 7,500 bottle central wine cellar, which will prominently showcase local drops from nearby wine regions including the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.
The building will also soon offer the SkyCity Ballroom, which will cater for up to 650 guests alongside the Southwest Suite and three Executive Boardrooms designed for hosting meetings and exhibitions – both of which are due to open in February 2021.
Speaking at the opening, Premier Steven Marshall said he was looking forward to more tourists visiting the new precinct once regular tourism flows resume into the state following the COVID pandemic.
“There is no doubt the new SkyCity is going to be a huge drawcard for our State – it will significantly bolster South Australia’s entertainment and tourism industry,” he said.
SkyCity Adelaide General Manager, David Christian, he was excited about the role the venue will play in supporting tourism and jobs for South Australians.
“When we designed the new SkyCity Adelaide, which includes the stunning new expansion as well as a complete refurbishment of the heritage building, front of mind was to not only cater for the tourism market by showcasing South Australian producers and suppliers, but also to provide a world-class precinct where all South Australians feel excited to visit and proud to call their own,” he said.
“I feel a sense of pride in what SkyCity has achieved since taking ownership 20 years ago. In just the past 12 months SkyCity Adelaide has supported more than 700 local suppliers and employed an extra 500 staff, as well as producing 1,000 construction jobs for the duration of the project.”