Pirie Street is a part of Adelaide’s mid-town that’s peppered with great eating and drinking destinations. You’ve got the likes of Abbots and Kinney, The Henry Austin, Chicken & Pig, Osteria Oggi and Pirie & Co., to name a few.
Now there’s one more that has been thrown into the mix to shake things up, Happy Sally. A vintage, US-inspired basement bar complete with a (functioning) Jukebox. They’ve got a great list of creative cocktails, alcoholic ice cream floats and American diner-style food.
Formerly the Pirie & Co. Social Club, owners Michael Davey, Nick Schwarz, Josh Giddings, Brett Viney and Matt Mitchell, thought it was about time to revamp the space and give it new life. Largely drawing on their love of the old school, American retro vibe and their travels around the U.S., the theme was a no brainer. And it works.
What’s great about this space is that it has that small bar feel but with plenty of breathing room. When you walk downstairs there’s a big L-shaped bar with a lit wooden spirit shelf, vintage leather arm chairs, wooden tables and exposed red brickwork plastered with retro posters. Up the back section there are low couches and coffee tables you can sink into with a group of friends.
On Fridays it’s all about the live music and Jukebox Saturday Nights – think swingin’ tunes from the 50s & 60s right through to present day jams.
Foodwise, they’re serving up some all-American favourites like cheeseburgers, buffalo wings, fried chicken and mac & cheese.
Happy Sally is located at 121 Pirie Street, Adelaide. They’re open from 5pm every Friday and Saturday.