It’s fair to say the German Arms Hotel is one of South Australia’s most iconic watering holes. We’ve certainly won plenty of plaudits and our fair share of followers over the years.

But while our rustic character and age-old charm haven’t changed, today, we’re recognised as one of the finest contemporary pubs in the state.

We’re proud to offer a selection of award-winning local and German beers, an exceptional wine list and one of the most mouth-watering menus that the beautiful and bountiful Adelaide Hills has to offer. And we warmly welcome locals and tourists alike, with open German Arms.




We might be called the German Arms, but there’s far more to our menu than pretzels and schnitzels (although we do serve delicious, freshly baked pretzels and crunchy golden schnitzels).

Along with signature German dishes, we offer a wide selection of contemporary Australian pub-style classics and daily specials. All our meals are prepared fresh and, wherever possible, made with locally sourced seasonal produce.




Fancy a beer? Well, you’re spoilt for choice. We’re renowned for our range of Bavarian brews. To bring you the best, we went to helles and bock – along with a few pilsners and wheat beers.

Of course, our drinks menu couldn’t be complete without a few locals. We’re pleased to support our regional producers, who operate some of the best boutique breweries, cideries (yes, it is a word) and distilleries in the country.

As for our wine list? We’re in the Adelaide Hills – enough said.



To our loyal Patrons and Guests,

In line with the easing of South Australian Government restrictions, we will be operating at 75% venue capacity. There are a few important things that will remain in place even after restrictions have eased, to keep you as well as our staff safe!

  •  Masks will be mandatory inside the venue aside from when you are eating and drinking;
  • Please keep physical distance. Our venue is working with a 3 person per 4sqm rule at present;
  • Stand up eating and drinking is not permitted.

The German Arms will endeavour to keep you updated.

Once again, we would like to thank all our loyal patrons and local community for your support during this time.  Stay safe and well.

Chris, Chev, Noz & Lesley.


What’s on:

At the German Arms, we’re well aware that humankind cannot live by beer alone – much as we’ve tried. So, get your diaries out – here are our upcoming events, occasions, attractions and distractions to look forward to.



Drinking cocktails

Oktoberfest 2021:

Just because we can’t travel and October is fast approaching…. doesn’t mean Oktoberfest is cancelled in the German town of Hahndorf!! Come and celebrate with us locally this year! Bund der Bayern German Dancers will be joining us at The Arms for an evening of traditional German dancing, and don’t forget the bells! We will have our full menu available and the kitchen will be cooking from 11am – 9pm and we have German Beer on tap! So come and join us on October 3rd 2021 for a delicious German feast and join in on the traditional festivities! please remember to drink responsibly.  

Oktoberfest 2021

Handmade. Handcrafted. Handpicked.

We are thrilled to be taking part in the Handmade. Handcrafted. Handpicked Event this year! So if you are looking for something different to do on your Thursday night… Pluck up the courage to join us at the German Arms Hotel for a mini 30-minute guitar lesson hosted by James. Then afterwards, enjoy a schnitzel with your choice of topping and house beer/wine for dinner.
Event Details: When: Thursday 23rd September 2021 Cost: $35pp + booking fee Time: 6pm Where: German Arms Hotel.

To book your spot now, see the link below:…/plucked-pint-parmi
Hahndorf Festival

Melbourne Cup Day:

Join us at the German Arms on November 2nd 2021 to celebrate the race that stops the nation! We will be showing the Melbourne Cup live on all our TV’s. We have full TAB facilities and there will be a glass of The Lane Lois Sparkling Blanc de Blanc on arrival. We will have prizes for Best Dressed & Best Hat. Please note, our full A LA Carte menu will be available. Please remember to gamble responsibly and drink responsibly.

Melbourne Cup Day

New Years Eve:

Ring in the New Year at The German Arms Hotel this year. We will have Live music with a countdown to midnight. We are all day dining from 11am until 9pm, and our Front Bar is open until late. Give us a call on 8388 7013 to book your spot now, don’t miss out. Start your New Year right!



The German Arms will be taking bookings for seated dining only. We will not be accepting large group bookings for drinks only. All large bookings are bound by our terms and conditions, and are confirmed only when a deposit has been received. Please email


These walls can talk!

The German Arms Hotel has launched Australia’s first augmented reality lesson in a pub!  Come in and find the historic 100 year-old images of the Arms and its surrounds hanging in various parts of the pub and with the help of a QR code and your phone, watch these images come to life.  They will delight and surprise you.

Augmented reality

BOOK Your next Function with us

Host your function at The German Arms. We cater for large or small events including business functions, weddings, engagements, 21st Birthdays and more. We can tailor the size and offering to suit your needs.



If you fancy a flutter, the German Arms has a TAB on site. You’re also welcome to complimentary tea and coffee while trying your luck on one of our gaming machines, in the Gaming Lounge alongside the front bar.