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December 22, 2020

The considerate drinker’s guide to Norwood Payneham & St Peters

The end of the 2020 work year calls for an epic, suburb-sized knock-off tour. We've collated a few of our favourite beverages from within the inner-eastern booze haven of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

Congratulations to you for making it through another year.

You’ve probably become too distracted with tying up end-of-year loose ends at work and shopping for presents for family and friends to even think about your own needs – by which we mean your Christmas booze stash.


This article was produced in collaboration with the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters.

At this time of year, a rosé or a gin and tonic will go a long way to making annual family gatherings – aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews all – a bit more fun.

If your alcohol cabinet is running low, there is just only one place you need go – the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.

The council area has long been a favourite of CityMag‘s for its beer selection, being the home to Little Bang, but it also has a broad range of producers across our three favourite forms: beer, wine and spirits.

See a guided tour of our favourites below.


Little Bang Brewing
25 Henry Street, Stepney


If you can’t decide between cracking open a cold one or sipping on a gin and juice, Little Bang Brewing caters to beer, wine and gin lovers. The Stepney brewpub is an ode to beer nerds everywhere, having a portfolio of more than 50 beers. The brewers have also collaborated with Gatch Wines and Prohibition Liquor to provide something for (almost) everyone. 

CityMag‘s selections

Breakfast at Stepney 

A bunch of cold-brewed coffee gives this nice roasty Breakfast Stout a rich, luxurious finish that just goes on and on.

Gin No. 3

Bright, floral and explosively citrussy, with Mandarin, lemon myrtle, lemon mint, Geraldton waxflower, orange and ginger.


Heartland Wines
24 Beulah Road, Norwood

Calling all fans of a cheeky red – Heartland is the place for you. The winery was established by winemaker Ben Glaetzer more than 20 years ago when he noticed the quality of grapes grown in South Australia’s lesser-known regions. Today, the award-winning château exclusively uses fruit from Langhorne Creek to produce its red wine, ensuring SA greatness in every drop.

CityMag‘s selections


A purple rim encompasses a core of deep ruby. The aromas are surprisingly dominated by red rather than black fruits and hints of spice.

Foreign Correspondent

A hard-hitting exploration of fruit character. Red berries zip around the mouth. They are enhanced by a sprinkling of herbs and spices.


Ferg’s Stepney
8A Union Street, Stepney

Established in Little Bang’s former brewery in April last year, Ferg’s has quickly become favourite amongst bar-dwellers. Created by winemaking cousins Jordan Hein and Bevan Ferguson, the cellar door is home to a selection of lo-fi wines, beers and spirits, most recently welcoming South Australian gin favourites Threefold Distilling.

CityMag‘s selections

Moorak Wines Grenache

Picked over four beaumes and fermented four different ways to create a multi-layered, confectionery but still deep Grenache. An alternative, technical Grenache to the norm.

Threefold Distilling Limoncello

The vibrant lemon liqueur is made using an Australian native gin as its base featuring Lemon Myrtle, Geraldton Wax and River Mint.


Vineyard Road
105 King William Street, Kent Town

Have a hankering for a summer sipper? Vineyard Road can help with that. Utilising grapes from the finest estates around Australia, Vineyard Road has an extensive range of award-winning wines. For the wine enthusiasts, personalised and informative tastings are also on offer at their Kent Town cellar door.

CityMag‘s selections

Rosè Grenache

Tropical notes of pineapple, guava and fruit cup aromas are complemented with strawberries and cream.

Pinot Grigio

Lifted aromas of citrus fruits and pear. The palate is clean with crisp acidity and an attractive array of floral and fruit flavours.


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