With the sun shining and the mercury tipping towards a nice 30 degrees, summer has been sweet here in SA.
Albeit a little COVID-confined, the hospitality sector rocked the socks off silly season, with some incredible venues opening up just in time for balmy summer nights. So whether you’re looking for a new bar, restaurant or café – the hospitality guns in SA have done us proud and opened these incredible venues this summer.
Taking over the former travel retailer from which it gets its namesake, the European-inspired bar has transformed the iconic Leigh Street Luggage storefront and opened in late December, slinging spritz and pouring nips of strong spirits inside a timeless fit-out.
The experience of Leigh Street Luggage occurs in two stages. It’s the perfect place for sophisticated drinkers, the CBD’s after-work crowds, and surprisingly, the precincts’ late-night revellers – with a hidden cocktail den out the back.
You will find Leigh Street Luggage at 22a Leigh St, Adelaide SA 5000. Read more about them here.
Not all those who wander are lost! If you’re driving down to Victor Harbor, we recommend making a stop at Hindmarsh Valley’s brand new restaurant, Lost Phoenix Farm. The new restaurant is brought to you by owner, Will Doak, who’s treating you to a delicious, family-friendly dining experience with sweeping views of the large hidden property.
Indulge in whipped buffalo ricotta – with charred peppers, lemon, and a sweet sherry dressing – 24hr braised lamb shoulder – topped with chermoula, preserved lemon, roasted eggplant, and herb yogurt and a decadent chocolate brownie for dessert.
Rustic interior meets fine dining, and with a lick of fresh paint, the fresh ambiance and lush green garden set you up for an afternoon of unbridled culinary pleasure.
Pizzateca in Adelaide? Need we say more.
McLaren Vale’s Pizzateca and Adelaide’s Madre have come together in an exciting new collaboration called One Sneaky Cheetah. It’s a bold new project where the team behind two of SA’s favourite pizza makers bring their magic together cooking up wood oven pizzas in Croydon.
It’s experimenting with untraditional flavours, but with authentic pizza-making methods. ‘OSC’ is Naples meets Croydon: pizzeria meets Aussie pizza bar. Focusing on speed and flavour: this venue lives up to its name, serving you slices of delicious pizza that pack a punch.
One Sneaky Cheetah is located at 243 South Road, Ridleyton, South Australia. Read more about them here.
Super venue Hard Days Night has opened its doors as the coolest new place to loosen up with the crew. Bringing together three food trucks under one roof, the funky and vibrant venue has been slinging craft beers and loaded burgers since January.
Guests are greeted with food trucks and a colourful rainbow mural that leads into the venue and stretches across the inner walls. It’s a pathway into all the fun you can expect ahead as you hear the pumping tunes of the DJ who soundtracks the good vibes.
Grab a fresh frothy and say cheers as you head further into the venue.
Hard Days Night is located at 301 Wright Street Adelaide. Read more about them here.
Sunnyside is the latest venue to join Henley’s ever-growing repertoire of brunch spots, taking over the former Little Shoo site this month. The new brunch bar is being brought to west-siders by brothers Liam and Mattis Vanzati of MALOBO Hospitality Group, who also owns several Henley Square eateries.
Customers can expect classic brunch dishes made with local ingredients. There is customisable pancake stacks, breakfast platters to share, dumplings and more to tantalise your tastebuds with ocean views. The drinks menu does not disappoint either, with bottomless mimosas, locally-roasted specialty coffee and boozy brunch cocktails to sip while soaking in the summer rays.
Sunnyside is located at 245 Esplanade, Henley Beach. Read more about them here.
Adelaide’s east end has gained another bar along the vibrant Rundle Street strip, with Society opening its doors just in time for Fringe season. Taking over the former Mum Cha site, the new bar is serving classic cocktails and an array of Modern-Australian tapas all summer long.
Slinging glazed tofu – with soft herbs and house pickles – duck spring rolls with apple sauce and market fish ceviche, the menu has been created to share on the side of the incredible cocktails.
Downstairs, the exposed brick cocktail den, with low lighting and an impressive back bar, is the perfect place to carry on your weekend antics. Sip on a Bramble – made with blackberry jam, 78 degrees’ gin, lemon and sugar – or an SA take on a classic Negroni as you carry on your weekend fun.
Find Society at 279 Rundle Street, Adelaide 5000. Read more here.
Kudasai Yakiniku has quietly popped up in Arcade Lane off Grenfell Street, bringing you to a night out in the streets of Asia.
Customers are welcomed into the rustic urban style street setting where they take a seat in the open air and are invited to cook up their BBQ while also having a taste of the ready-to-eat dishes that are cooked up fresh by chefs.
The menu offers a selection of entrée, cooked meats, charcoal BBQ and sides. Entrees include small light dishes such as miso soup, steamed edamame and fried chicken karage. The cooked meats on offer include wagyu scotch fillet skewers and spicy pork hock. Meanwhile, the charcoal menu – which customers cook themselves on a Hibachi BBQ – is loaded with a variety of meat options, including wagyu short rib and pork belly.
What once used to be the East Ends go-to spot for all things tobacco has now been given a new lease on life, with the iconic Rundle Street Smokelovers transformed into Adelaide’s latest drinking spot.
The warmly lit bar, with its strong wooden accents and soft green fit-out, is immediately welcoming. Gathered around small tables, punters are sipping on smoky mezcal margs’ and other cocktail mixes until late. It’s intimate, and at first glance, looks like it’s from the streets of Paris.
While Smokelovers glows a soft green hue at night, the bar is just as inviting. Hang out the front and on the fringe of the iconic watering hole, The Exeter Hotel, and bask in the summer sun while sipping on fine SA wine.
Find Smokelovers at 244 Rundle Street. Read more here.
New restaurant Coast brings beachfront views and delicious quality menus to Glenelg’s Marina Pier this summer. The modern Mediterranean restaurant opened to the public in December, with fresh interior décor and a focus on seafood.
Shuck oysters and indulge in sashimi starters, moving to main courses like king prawn Fettucine and bouillabaisse. The menu is rounded out by other options including gnocchi and a vegan-friendly roasted eggplant dish. South Australian wine and gin will feature on the beverages menu, which compliments the use of seafood from across the Eyre Peninsula.
Coast is located at 18 Holdfast Promenade, 5045 Glenelg. Read more here.
While Paris may feel far away, Bistro Francais brings fine French cuisine to the Hyde Park locale.
Softly opening its doors on King William Road last week, the new restaurant has opened in the former Fifty-Six One site, with owner and manager Nazzaerno Falaschetti bringing the casual, laid back nature of Europe to the bustling street.
The dishes served are French classics, intertwining the flavours synonymous with the country throughout meals that are accessible to all. Shuck escargot, with garlic and parsley, just like the Parisian do and indulge in classic French staples, including Boeuf Bourguignon – a slowly braised beef cheek in red wine sauce – Salade Niçoise and Ratatouille.
Find Bistro Francais at 144a King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5041. Read more here.
Happy wining and dining!
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