If you’ve only ever thought of Henley beach as a Summer destination, we’re here to change your mind. The Winter bar scene in Henley is something pretty special. From cosy cocktail joints to gorgeous new wine bars and pretty much everything in-between, this is our guide to Henley’s (drinking) hotspots.
Acacia is ‘the’ wine bar in Henley Beach. It’s known for its unique wine list, and tiny boutique labels, so if you want to broaden your palate, you need to add it to your list. With regular wine and small-batch beer tastings, great cocktails, and some amazing wine dinners, it’s a full service destination that will take you from brunch till close. The seaside eatery also has a creative, tasty menu, so make sure you make the most of the menu while you’re there. Coincidently it’s very cosy, perfect for hiding from the winter chill. You’ll find them at 269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach. Check out their website here.
Overlooking the sea, Little Shoo’s front deck is the perfect spot to sit come Summer or Winter. There’s also a gorgeous glass enclosed sunroom which wraps around the front of the historic building, which is perfect for enjoying watching Winter storms roll in across the ocean. With roaring fireplaces and a range of tapas on offer, it’s a fabulous spot for a drink and a feed. The wine list is also killer. Find out more here.
Located underneath West, and with the most amazing circular window overlooking Henley Square the jetty and the ocean, and huge booth (you’ll need to book to nab that particular seat), Melt has a great, broad wine menu, with plenty of gorgeous European wines, alongside South Australian favourites. To eat, there’s everything from pizza to tapas. This is a delightful destination to settle in and watch the sunset over the horizon. More details here.
Specialising in margaritas, cocktails and Mexican food, Mia Margarita is brand new to Henley Square, and is the perfect place to enjoy a big night out. While it’s quite a big venue, it’s spread over two levels and feels quite cosy. Read more here.
This seafood restaurant has a menu that’s to die for, a great drinks list, and is a modern, intimate spot to enjoy a wine whilst admiring the ocean. Enjoy the extensive tasting menu out the front alongside the toasty heaters, or grab a cosy booth inside and stay a while. Be quick though as it closes over June and July once the Long weekend wraps up. Find out more here.
On a crisp Winter’s day, enjoy the ocean view from this rooftop bar set right on Henley Square. For afternoon cocktails and sunset beers, West is a great option. Find out more here.
Honourable mentions go out to the following hotspots:
50SIXONE – Cold nights are best spent with indulgent desserts. 50SIXONE is famous for their sweet treats (top tip: they have alcohol on offer as well).
Burger Republic – Laid back and cosy. Perfect for late night drinks with friends and mouth-watering burgers.
Malobo – Specialising in gigantic cocktail jugs to share (or not), Malobo has a full service bar, and also serves hearty platters and great meals.
The Ramsgate – For a pub meal and Sunday drinks, the Ramsgate has been a staple for those wanting a beachside bar hop for years. Complete with fireplaces, it offers an easy option if you’re wanting some space.
Seamore – Sandbar is turning into Seamore’s Bar and Restaurant but won’t be opening until later in the year. Watch this space.
Stella – In the heart of Henley Square, Stella is your ideal wine and dine destination. The wide windows make it easy to enjoy the beachside views.
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