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23 of the best new Adelaide bars that opened in 2023

Here’s a guide to some of the best new bars in Adelaide, with everything from intimate cocktail vibes to vibrant city hotspots.

Adelaide’s bar scene in 2023 has witnessed an exciting evolution, offering an array of new venues that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. From intimate wine bars to vibrant cocktail spots, each establishment brings its unique flair to the city’s nightlife. Here’s a guide to some of the best new bars in Adelaide.

East End Cellars Norwood

A favourite wine shop turned brasserie, East End Cellars has opened its second fantastic venue, this time in Norwood, boasting about 600 bottles of wine, complemented by a menu of brasserie classics from a former Press Food & Wine chef.
88 Magill Road, Norwood

Alt Wine Bar

Lockwood General’s owner-chef introduces an intimate and moody wine bar featuring over 200 wines and an eclectic menu ranging from miso devilled eggs to crab croquettes.
151 King William Road, Hyde Park

Spread Delicatessen & Bar

By day, a deli serving paninis and toasties; by night, a cosy wine bar offering clever dishes and a curated cocktail list. Don’t miss their retail section for fancy pantry items.
246 Unley Road, Unley

Dolly

A sleek bar with an approachable wine list favoring local producers, Dolly serves up delights like crab soldiers and buttermilk-fried quail.
246 Unley Road, Unley

Four Sides Bar & Kitchen

A cool neighbourhood wine bar serving an eclectic menu from Japanese to Ukrainian cuisine, complemented by an impressive wine list.
165 King William Road, Hyde Park

Yellow Matter

This brewery offers a vegetarian menu, approachable beers, and new-wave wines in a mid-century-style setting.
18 108-118 Marion Road, Brooklyn Park

El Camino and Walden’s General Store

Inspired by southwestern American landscapes, this venue serves Mexican cuisine and offers American-made items for purchase.
84 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf

Wax Bar

A neon-lit vinyl bar with a red-tinted dancefloor, tropical cocktails, and late-night dance parties.
285 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Fu Cocktail & Wine Bar

This bar combines cocktails with an Asian twist, a diverse wine list, and even creative snacks for pets.
129 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

78 On Rundle

Transformed from a local cafe, this stylish venue now features a marble bar and a cozy courtyard, perfect for summer evenings.
78 Rundle Street, Kent Town

Ambra Spirits

Following a bold rebrand, this liqueur distillery now offers a fancy cocktail list and Amalfi coast-inspired cuisine.
43 Phillips Street, Thebarton

ela at Hotel Alba

Located in Hotel Alba, ela offers a Mediterranean experience with seafood dishes, wines, and traditional aperitivos.
226 South Terrace, Adelaide

Icarus

A sophisticated, food-led wine bar serving Southern-Mediterranean cuisine, an extensive wine list, and complementary cocktails.
Ground Floor, 23 Peel Street, Adelaide

Boomers Bar

As you step through the doors of Boomers Bar, you’ll feel an unmistakable shift in time. Welcome to a place where the clocks are wound back, and the spirit of the 1960s right through to the 1980s comes alive in all its groovy glory.
25 Beach Road Christies Beach

trap.

Adelaide’s West End revealed a new underground hidden gem for cocktail enthusiasts this year. The cocktail bar aims to captivate the taste buds and hearts of cocktail lovers with its intimate setting and a team of expert bartenders.
Cold Chisel Lane, Adelaide SA 5000

High Spirits

New West End bar, High Spirits, has fast become one of Adelaide’s premier hotspots for extravagant cocktails and tropical vibes. The Tiki-inspired modern venue took over the 1890’s Quelltaler House in December and owner, Jamie Tierney, says bar-goers have embraced the eclectic setting.
20 Gilbert Place, Adelaide

Nearly Bar

A wine bar with a strong snack game, offering a curated list of South Australian wines, classic cocktails, and delicious snack plates.
179 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Dokeo

A cafe by day and bar by night, offering a menu with fresh, seasonal fare and a variety of drinks.
18 Gunson Street, Adelaide

The Light Room

A bar, gallery, and event space offering cocktails, local wines, snacks, and immersive experiences.
Level 1/63 Light Square, Adelaide

Pastel

A timber-lined wine bar serving delicious wines, snacks, and larger plates, with nightly DJs and a lush courtyard.
47 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Ern Malley

In a cheeky nod to one of Australia’s most infamous literary hoaxes, the new bar Ern Malley promises to combine, wine, jazz, poetry and a love of history and the eccentric in one new Eastern suburbs hotspot.
137 Magill Rd, Stepney SA 5069

A Social Undertaking

What do you get when you cross a bustling bar with a funeral business? A Social Undertaking. Seriously. A Social Undertaking is a brand new bar in the CBD and its… deadly. This little bar with a big (beating) heart is all about coffins. And there’s a reason for it. Owners Joelie and her partner Col also run a funeral home. That’s right. They’re undertakers, and this is their social undertaking. 
25 Gresham Street Adelaide

Barrel

Stirling. It’s the timeless, leafy village that charms all who visit. Wandering down the picturesque streets you come across myriad cafés and restaurants. And now you’ll come across one more. Barrel is Stirling’s newest neighbourhood wine bar.
Shop 3/4 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling SA 5152

Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet wine bar evening or a lively night out with cocktails and music, Adelaide’s newest bars have something for everyone.

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