Best New Bars in Adelaide for a Drink or Two
A great spot for an after-work drink, tipples with the girls or a cocktail on date night has never been easier to find in Adelaide than right now. There’s something for everyone with the latest round of bar openings, and the food hasn’t been an afterthought either. In fact, one of the hottest brewpubs to have opened in recent years has a world-renowned chef in the kitchen. For more on this game-changer and other brilliant openings, here are the best new bars in Adelaide.
Johnnie Walker Highball Bar
Popping up at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Johnnie Walker Highball Bar is taking festival eats and drinks to new heights. Serving up their popular highballs, you can sip your way through the range with a flavour for every taste; think citrus infusions and spicy hits.
Look forward to epic views of the festival, delicious highballs and spiced-popcorn snacks from Africola's Duncan Welgemoed. This is the best place to sip and unwind during the festival.
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Gluttony, Rymill Park
Moving between a spacious bar and trendy restaurant with ease, the building’s 100-year-old history has been masterfully redesigned with spectacular concrete furnishings, dark timber panelling and copious amounts of greenery. The food has a Mediterranean lean but is purposefully crafted for all menu items to match the 1000 bottle wine cellar. Stem is confidently ambitious and a much-welcomed upscale establishment to the West End.
188 Hindley Street, Adelaide
If you love Sunny’s Pizza off of Hindley Street, then you’re going to get a real kick out of their next instalment: 1000 Island. One of the best new bars in Adelaide, 1000 Island throws back to the 70s, fused with Aztec design and garnished with abstract art and vintage movie posters. Dim lights, pops of squiggly neon, huge booths raised to dance floor eye-level and a drinks menu of wild and often on fire cocktails, it’s clear 1000 Island cares about one thing: getting your boogie on. It’s next door to Sunny’s and makes for the perfect pre- or post-pizza hangout with serious party vibes.
15 Solomon Street, Adelaide
Looking for another reason to visit the Barossa Valley? Well, we’ve found one and it involves a wall of gin. The restaurant component of Musque has been going strong but when the opportunity arose to expand, owner Stuart Oldfield dove straight in building a 3.5m by 7m ode to the boutique spirit. Order robust and rustic food from the restaurant or something smaller from the bar, and start working your way through 300 varieties of gin, 130 of which can’t be bought in Australia.
1/109 Murray Street, Tanunda
CBD crowd favourite, Golden Boy has expanded once again . This time, opening a gorgeous new basement bar downstairs at its current locale. Pastel peach walls, navy carpets and brass finishes detail the subtly swanky drinking haven perfect for pre- or post-dinner cocktails. Besides the cosy plush booths there’s a huge marble share table allowing for small eats to be ordered from the “tuk tuk” menu. Like Golden Boy could have gotten any better, yet here we are.
309 North Terrace, Adelaide
It feels like yesterday Lot 100 opened its doors so if you haven’t already been it’s a must. Set on an 84-hectare agricultural property deep in the plains of Nairne lies the production home for five stellar SA brands: Mismatch Brewing, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Vinteloper, Hills Cider Co and Ashton Valley Fresh. Taking two-years to build Lot 100 redefines the cellar door. Enormous timber pitched roof, heated polished cement flooring, stone fireplaces, two mezzanine bars with 40 taps, and a locally produced mostly Italian menu cooked over a raging fire pit. Considered one of Adelaide's best new bars for its beautiful wines and beers, exquisite culinary flavours and ingredients, and breathtaking views. Lot 100 quite literally has it all.
68 Chambers Road, Hay Valley
Plain Jane- elegant, sophisticated, classic and one of the best new bars in Adelaide. Far from plain but just what you’ll find at Leigh Street’s newest arrival Plain Jane. This fully transformed two-storey heritage building is ambitious as it is spacious. Where Leigh Street and its friendly neighbour Peel are dotted with tight and cosy bars and restaurants, Plain Jane can handle a packed house or simply provide refuge from the struggle to find a seat (or shoulder room) elsewhere. Also think Christmas parties, birthdays or just a girls night out. Plain Jane is anything but and caters all the way from breakfast to dinner with a healthy cocktail list to keep you suitably tipsy.
18 Leigh Street, Adelaide
If southern Spain and Mexico met in Adelaide's best new bar, it would be Paloma on Peel Street. A palette of soft colours keeps the interior feeling like a Mediterranean summer, while brass, white marble and blonde timber completes the reservedly smooth vibe. A clean and fresh drinks list is garnished with house-made preserves like Aperol Spritz with mandarin or another with tequila and grapefruit. A sparing but delicate menu reflects all things southern European such as tinned sardines and anchovies, prosciutto, pates and cheeses. Paloma feels like that perfect little bodega plucked right out of Nice or San Sebastian except it’s right here in Adelaide.
20 Peel Street, Adelaide
Photo Credit - PMQ at Electra House
The well-established Electra House adds yet another bar to its repertoire. The ground floor has been transformed into a luxurious space of plush velvet booths, gorgeous pendant lighting and white marble tables that sees full table service on Friday and Saturday nights. PMQ, as it’s affectionately known, is designed for escaping the larger crowds and giving people a more private and secluded area to entertain clients or meet that special someone for a cosy drink. For that next level of service and something a little finer and a lot more intimate, pay PMQ a visit.
131 King William St, Adelaide
The first real American-inspired sports bar has hit Adelaide. Tomas Smith of La Rambla, Therapy and Piccoli Piatti now brings his hospitality talents to a concept noticeably absent from our sport-loving city. Among the best new bars in Adelaide, Wing It boasts a basement eatery and bar filled with booths, exposed brick, batting cage wire and walls adorned in sporting memorabilia. Wings are sold by the half-kilo or kilo and come with a selection of tantalising sauces. There’s also loaded fries, chicken tacos and a chicken sandwich that completes this small but soon-to-be expanding menu.
Staying true to its American origins, the beer comes in super-sized fashion with pints, imperial pints and pitchers the standard. Don’t think rowdy boys club but instead grab some friends or a date and go somewhere fun to watch the next big game in appropriate style.
89 King William St, Adelaide
Gutted and completely remodelled, the 180-year old Whitmore Hotel on Whitmore Square looks set to rival its more established neighbours like the Benjamin on Franklin, The Franklin Boutique Hotel and Gallery on Waymouth. Under its new Sparkke at the Whitmore banner, the brewpub boasts a florist, bottle shop, general store and a rooftop bar with its own dedicated kitchen, which is overseen by acclaimed chef Emma McCaskill and overlooks the treetops of the adjoining parklands.
The light-industrial contemporary design feels modern and warm, 100 per cent natural beers on tap and “healthy pub grub” that happily appeases vegans, vegos, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free individuals. Sparkke is cheery, inviting and adds a fresh face to this up-and-coming pocket of the west end. Get up to get down at one of the best new bars in Adelaide.
317 Morphett St, Adelaide
Victoria Square welcomes the arrival of Wild Nectre, an all-purpose all-day venue taking its clientele from 7am coffee and croissants to schnitties, burgers and wraps at lunch and now offering after-work good times with very favourable happy hours. Plenty of outdoor seating beneath towering maple trees will help forget you were in an office all day while inside, exposed brick, pendant lighting and a long standing-room bar has you feeling like you’re on Peel or Leigh Street. Wild Nectre welcomes all kinds of patrons whether you’re passing through and need a delicious bite or make it your new after-hours local.
193 Victoria Square, Adelaide
With an ever-growing list of inner-suburb bars and beer houses throughout Adelaide, Ferg’s is a must to put on your map. Conveniently located in Stepney, this minimalist bar crosses over with a cellar door vibe, the result of a collaboration between local winemakers Moorak and Massey Wines. A clean blond timber interior signals a sophisticated aesthetic with displays of barrels offering a warm and rustic vibe, too.
Open and inviting, Ferg’s aims to invite beer drinkers, wine enthusiasts and gin aficionados to come and enjoy its hospitality. You’ll find locally made small wine producers as well as craft label distilleries and breweries under Ferg’s roof. No longer do you need to venture into the East or West Ends of the city to indulge in a drink or three at a trendy establishment – Ferg’s has you sorted.
8a Union St, Stepney
Now that you have checked out the best new bars in Adelaide, which one are you going to try first? From underground cocktail dens and romantic wine bars, gather the girls or lock in your next date night as an excuse to make your way through the list.
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