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It may not score the same accolades regularly doled out to Australia’s more popular culture hubs, but that doesn’t mean Adelaide is lacking in any colour or cool things to do. For one, the South Australian city is home to a thriving food and drink scene, with a more-than-modest up-curve in reputable drinking spots popping up over the last few years. In no particular order, here’s a list of the 10 best bars in Adelaide right now. Some new, several mainstays – all worth the trip for an evening tipple.
With its wood-framed front, old-world charm and selection of delectable mixed drinks (and rare batch brews for beer fans), Clever Little Tailor is good spot for some lengthy lounging and liquor consuming.
Its decor might be up-market, but the vibe is welcoming and the wine list is very extensive. If you’re in the mood for a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon over a cocktail or cool lager, head here.
3. Rocket Bar
Housed in the hip Crippen Place building (home to nightclub Electric Circus, which lures Adelaide’s more drunken dance-inclined), Rocket is your go-to for a few social drinks to the tune of an eclectic rotation of live bands. Pro-tip: head up the stairs to experience one of the coolest rooftop bars in the city.
Part-drinking spot, part-eatery, Udaberri is all about pairing quality beverages with mouth-watering food – all within a cool, New York-style bar setting.
5. Botanic Bar
Botanic Bar is everything you’d expect a quality late-night bar to be: cosy, dark, a DJ in the corner spinning cool tunes and a long bar pumping out stiff drinks (think Negronis, martinis and more) all night long.
If you’re in the mood for a livelier setting – but don’t want to venture into ‘club’ territory just yet – head down to Bank St. Social, gaze upon the enormous drinks list behind the bar, then order something extra special.
7. Maybe Mae
Head through the tiled tunnel off Peel Street, through the modern-day Hobbit door, down the stairs and into the chic late-night establishment. Then sink into one of the emerald booths, drink in hand, and enjoy your evening.
8. Bar Torino
Another cool inner-city spot that serves up delicious food and no-fuss cocktails, all within a trendy, exposed brick, dimly-lit setting. Lovely.
If you’re looking for drinks with one of the best views of Adelaide’s skyline, this is it. There’s an indoor dining area in the modern establishment, but the place to be is on the leafy balcony terrace, soaking in the city vibes.
10. La Boheme
It’s touted as a cocktail and cabaret bar, but La Boheme’s real charm is in its oddball French decor and a reputation for crafting top-notch cocktails to match the theme. It’s no wonder this place is an Adelaide mainstay.