Guide last updated December 2019.
When the elements are simply too much to bear, and you are in need of a cosy nook, or to impress the naysayers that claim Adelaide doesn’t have any cool spots, our underground bars spring to mind (or course), so like any good adventurer, we’re sharing our findings to help your quest.
There’s a small hidden bar on Hindley Street, you’ve just got to find it! Tucked around a corner near a sausage shop and an adult store is Ancient World, an ever-evolving artist run multifunctional space supported by Renew Adelaide. Initially just open for the 2014 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Ancient World now hosts live bands every Friday and Saturday night and serves a range of SA brews to weekend patrons. It’s Adelaide’s only true underground club.
Formerly known as Apothecary 1878, the European-inspired restaurant and bar has had a fitting makeover this year. With the name change comes a refreshing new look, as the 1920s Parisian-inspired design of the wine bar and restaurant takes a transatlantic upgrade with a contemporary twist on a New York brasserie.
Grab a drink from their immense menu and trod downstairs for an intimate wining and dining experience that transports you to another time, to another era.
Probably Adelaide’ most epic underground bar, when you walk down the stairs into Bank Street Social, its like heading into a hidden New York Bar. The exposed-brick walls and curved booths, offer amazing reprieve from the heat plus it’s great for the local craft beer and DJs. You’ll find it at 48 Hindley St, Adelaide.
One of Rundle Street’s most popular, funky cocktail bars and one of the oldest underground bar in Adelaide, celebrating 18 years in 2019. Their blue lit bar is open for food and drink seven days a week until 3am, with dj’s three nights a week from 12am – 3am.
Hellbound Wine is a place to remove yourself from the bustle of Rundle Street. Filled with great wine, do and share their passion for classic and contemporary styles, along with snacks, either before a show, post dinner or for a leisurely drink.
Heading downstairs into the interior of this underground cocktail bar is like stepping back into Chicago in the 30’s. If you’ve ever been to Chicago, you’d know it gets damn cold there. So get amongst it and warm up with this fabulous art deco inspired drinking spot.
This spacious underground venue, downstairs on Grenfell Street, offers a great restaurant space, as well as a lounge bar area. Sumptuous food and fabulous and fabulous cocktails make this the perfect location for lunch, dinner, drinks and events.
Red October is a relatively new restaurant at Gilbert Place with a sweet, hidden basement bar; Suzie Wong underneath which features its own individual menu. Whilst Red October pays tribute to the owner’s Russian heritage, Suzie Wong serves up Asian eats and boasts the biggest collection of whiskey (over 300 bottles and growing) in SA! Open Wed-Sat 7pm-late.
This hidden gem is found in the basement of no. 2 Peel Street. With a menu of over 100 cocktails, Therapy suits anyone and everyone. The bar has an old fashioned feel with comfortable lounge chair – it is the perfect spot for your cocktail of choice from Tuesday to Sunday.
Arguably the Lion’s most unique event space, the Tunnels are an original part of the Lion Brewery. Literally made from two underground tunnels that are intersected by a private bar, the Tunnels are the perfect spot for a party, engagement or function with a little ‘something else’. Unfortunately it’s not an every day bar, but hey, it’s iconic so we thought we’d throw it in.
Wurst & Stein, being the former Harry’s bar on Grenfell Street, has been transformed into a mini beer hall. The underground oasis, is a casual setting, devoted to serving beer in half a litre and litre stein’s, in the typical german style and classic pub meals like schnitzels and burger’s with a wide range of deals and specials on offer. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy your next knock off.
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