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10 wine bars that will warm you up this winter

We at Glam have done extensive and scientific research into SA’s great wine bars that you must try this winter.

Feature image is from Apoteca

Alcohol warms the soul – fact. Okay, it may not strictly be a fact but we’re standing by it. Our favourite way to stay warm and merry throughout these winter months is with a great glass of wine. Luckily, there is so many great spots in Adelaide that share our vino passion. And so we at Glam have done extensive and scientific research into SA’s great wine bars that you must try this winter.

Apoteca

This heritage-listed building has stood the test of time. Its decor takes you on a journey back to 19th century Paris and has a completely unique charm for our Adelaide drinking scene. The front bar is even graced with 135-year-old antique pharmacy cabinets originally from London, but discovered in an antique store right here in Adelaide. Not only are they fluent in the language of wine here but their food is also to die for. Get lost in the romance and elegance of a beautifully selected food and wine menu the perfect setting to match.

Clutch Wine Bar & Restaurant

The team behind Acacia have had a bit of a makeover and are now going as Clutch, the cafe by day, wine bar by night. They will have a strong focus on SA wines on their extensive wine list, but will also include some international gems as well. While it has not opened it’s doors yet (opening is set to be in mid-September), we can a sure you this one one to watch.

East End Cellars

With over 15,000 bottles, you will be spoilt for choice at East End Cellars. With plenty of seats both inside and outside, this CBD hot spot still has a cozy vibe that you will love in the colder weather. Its a great spot to hit up for some after work drinks, or for a quick glass of vino before heading onto dinner plans.

Gallery

Three stories above Waymouth Street, is Adelaide’s largest rooftop garden. Gallery is a sophisticated spot, combining the charm of the building’s heritage with a modern finesse. With a share style menu and an extensive list of beverages, this is the perfect place for after-work drinks or a night out. It’s a popular boutique rooftop bar, with heaters and retractable roof to keep you cosy this winter.

La Buvette Drinkery

So quaint. So French. Warm up the way the Parisians do in winter, with their delicious wines and a heartwarming meal. The service at this gorgeous spot is fabulous, as is the very French selection of drinks. It’s true that we are spoiled for choice with incredible wines here in SA but this bar is perfect to explore a European region that obviously doesn’t beat the superior standard we set here, but gives it a damn good try! J’adore.

Leigh Street Wine Bar

This is a multi-award winning wine bar, and it is clear to see why. Leigh Street Wine Room has become something of an Adelaide institution in the short time since its inception in 2019. The natural wine bar boasts over 400 wines and a food offering locals return to time and time again.

Mother Vine

Unlike some wine bars that don’t grasp that our love for vino is a 7-day commitment, Mother Vine has answered our needs: It’s open every day! If you’re not sure about what you’d like to try here don’t worry, the helpful and experienced staff are always happy to chat and talk on your level; whether that’s ‘wine snob extraordinaire’ or ‘doesn’t know the difference between Chardonnay and Shiraz.’ What’s more, you can buy by the glass, the bottle or even by the taste if you’re really puzzled. The wine list is not so extensive that it bombards you with information, just simple, great choices.

Proof

The little sister to Press* was always bound for greatness. However, to say it’s a hole in the wall is an understatement – blink and you may miss it. Serving up delicious bar nibbles and divine cocktails, Proof also knows a plethora of things about wine too. Their lists are constantly evolving and boast drop unique wines from SA and interstate. Dim and moody lighting add to the winter warmth, and the inevitable crowd will keep you even warmer. Just be sure to show up early as you don’t want to get stuck out in the cold.

Super Bueno

Transport yourself to Europe at Gouger Street’s newest wine bar, Super Bueno, which has an Italian and Spanish-inspired menu and French-style interior. The wine bar, which has dine-in and takeaway wines from South Australian and Europe, also offers classic cocktails and more modern options, such as passionfruit mojitos and the “Bueno Bebida,” which has gin, blueberries, lemon and passionfruit.

Udaberri

 Before Peel St became the bustling hub of inner-city laneways, this little spot had us hurrying to Leigh St. It still to this day provides supreme service with a quality wine and food menu. It’s not strictly a ‘wine bar’ as they also specialise in excellent cocktails; however their extensive list of wines not only visits all our local nooks and crannies but also explores the best of Spain, Portugal, the U.S., France, Austria and many more. Quiz their wine connoisseurs and ask their favourites, they’re always happy to recommend a different drop. (Note: on a Friday night it can often be a tight squeeze to get to the bar. They have outdoor seating with toasty heaters, but make sure you bring your coat)!

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