The Best Wine Bars in Adelaide For A Delicious Drop
Stop in for a glass or stay for the bottle at the best wine bars in Adelaide.
There's something so romantic about a nice wine bar. The gleaming glassware, the rows of wine stacked up the walls, the chalkboard menus and low leather booths... So, if you're in the mood for some pinot and people watching or some grenache and gastronomic goodies, check out the best wine bars in Adelaide imparting a sense of adventure whether they’re pouring or plating.
For good food and fine wine, you can’t look past Bar Lune, our favourite neighbourhood wine bar for approachable pours and pairings. Taramasalata and shoestring fries, wood grilled pipis and xo butter, wagyu katso sandos, cacio e pepe orecchiette with truffle pecorino and cured egg yolk – the list of rich and interesting menu items on offer at Bar Lune never fail to impress. Order the 'Feed Me' menu to taste the rich, delicious rainbow of flavours these Adelaide chefs turn out.
303 The Parade, Beulah Park, Adelaide
Stop off at La Buvette for a tasty apéritif, French style. As you arrive on Gresham Street, you’re instantly captivated by its striking blue façade and the unapologetically Parisian décor. Where France meets Adelaide, wines are sourced from the best natural producers from both regions and are complimented by traditional flavours like escargot à la française, cheese and charcuterie boards and a worldly Porterhouse steak with pepper sauce. Stay for a while and sample their delicious natural wines, enjoy a bite to eat and take in the views from their wide, open windows. This is the closest to Paris we're going to get for a while.
27 Gresham Street, Adelaide
With an old-worldly charm, Apoteca is a bar and restaurant nestled into the otherwise party strip of Hindley Street. A contemporary twist on a New York brasserie, locals immerse themselves in their elegant yet relaxed ambience with a glass in hand. For the full wine experience, the iconic cellar restaurant is available for dinner bookings on Friday and Saturday nights. Located in the actual cellar of the building, it’s the perfect place to wine and dine.
118 Hindley Street, Adelaide
2KW Bar and Restaurant is a first-class venue perched on the rooftop of Adelaide’s iconic Bank of New South Wales building. Boasting some of the best views in the city, their contemporary bar and outdoor garden suit any occasion (and social feed), offering modern Australian fare and an impressive selection of local wines that just seem to hit different come sunset.
2 King William Street, Adelaide
A quintessential wine bar sitting in one of Rundle Street’s heritage basements, Hellbound is the perfect spot for a divine drop. Venture down the stairs and into the wonderful world of Mark Reginato and Louis Schofield – two veteran Aussie winos totalling over 20 years in the biz between them. 130-year-old stonework walls soaked in neon light give the space a bunker-like feel that is equal parts cool and cosy. Offering 20 wines by the glass and hundreds more by the bottle alongside Mediterranean bites, a quick knockoff can easily turn into a night here.
Basement/201 Rundle Street, Adelaide
This East-end crowd-pleaser was destined for greatness with Michael Andrewartha and Pablo Theodoros of the neighbouring East End Cellars, Shaw + Smith’s David LeMire and Amalfi’s Frank Hannon-Tan behind it. Mother Vine’s extensive wine list encompasses everything from old world classics to boundary-pushing pét-nats while also offering finely-honed food – chilli prawn sliders, anyone? With a modern fit-out that’s refined yet warm, they’re equally hospitable to a quick glass of Pinot as they are to long evenings of bottles and share plates.
22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
Something of a neighbourhood institution by now, East End Cellars is one of Australia’s top traders connecting wine obsessed Adelaideans with the best emerging local makers as well as those from around the globe. At this slick tasting room-meets-bottleshop, over 15,000 bottles are at your disposal while an eclectic by-the-glass list jumps between gewürztraminers from Yetti & The Kokonut and fruity Tempranillos from La Linea. While you’re welcome to drop in for a glass, in our opinion, the food is too good to miss out on. Chef Josh Lansley flexes his creativity through menus inspired by South Australia’s finest seasonal produce. From small tapas plates to hearty main meals, this is the perfect place to spend a cosy evening.
25 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
A former dry cleaner has transformed into Adelaide’s stylish CBD wine bar, a warm and inviting space with a terrazzo bar, arresting archways and mezzanine dining space. To browse through their striking wine wall running the length of the space is to take a trip to every winemaking corner of the world, starting with a lowkey local Chardy and ending with a drop-dead gorgeous Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Rouge. Leaning into its European allure, you’ll find everything from Blue Swimmer Crab spaghetti to Sicilian green olives and burrata coming out of the kitchen.
9 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Leaping off the screen and into the world, this boutique natural and lo-fi wine bar is one of the better things to come out the pandemic. Launching in 2020 as an online wine retailer, it didn’t take long for LOC Bottle Shop to bring their natural sips to the streets. With no formal bar or wine list, patrons are invited to choose their drop from the well-stocked wine wall at the back of the venue. The food follows suit with a lucky dip assortment of eats – think pasta one day and oysters the next.
6 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
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