SkyCity Entertainment has rolled-out plans for a “key pillar” of its $330m Adelaide transformation, with ‘The District’ project to feature Australia’s first fully functional microbrewery within a casino.

Announced following a “historic partnership” alongside Pirate Life, The District at SkyCity intends to bring together all venues on level one, incorporating a poker zone, sports bar, the Pirate Life microbrewery, live entertainment, and Bistro.

Michael Cameron, Pirate Life co-founder, explained: “When we arrived in Adelaide, a big part of our ambition was to create a brewery that resonated with South Australians.

“After establishing Pirate Life in Hindmarsh, followed by the move and expansion in Port Adelaide, the ability to partner with The District at SkyCity as part of their transformation is another fantastic step on the journey. We look forward to sharing the Pirate Life experience with more South Australians, as well as tourists visiting the state.”

Other significant transformation works recently undertaken in the heritage building include a repainting of the Marble Hall for the first time since the Adelaide Casino opened in 1985, and refurbishment and extension of the Baccarat Pavilion.

The project is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs throughout construction, and 700 ongoing roles upon completion, with recruitment for some roles having already commenced and to continue through to mid 2021.

David Christian, SkyCity Adelaide general manager, commented on the plans: “The District at SkyCity, featuring the dynamic Pirate Life team, is the final piece of the puzzle at SkyCity Adelaide; creating a vibrant live entertainment space on level one in the current heritage building.

“During the recent closure of the Adelaide Casino, construction projects were able to continue on the expansion and hotel site, as well as within our beautiful heritage building, where The District at SkyCity will come to life on level one later this year.”