Sinking back into your chair, enveloped in that warm, familiar heat, the breeze of a rattan fan stirring the air around you, you raise your icy cold drink to your lips and relax. Surrounded by friends, or enjoying a peaceful moment to yourself, you could be on holidays in Bali, but this time, you haven’t had to leave Adelaide.
While Bali is (and most likely always will be) somewhere I’ll go for those ultimate holiday vibes, there’s some places right here in Adelaide, that offer up experiences, that are perfect if you don’t have the time (or holiday leave).
Probably the most Bali-esque venue in Adelaide, Roxie’s is pretty much the epitome of why we love heading to bars in Bali. With its chilled out, garden courtyard vibe, the outdoor bar is filled with plants, and cobbled together with that eclectic styling. It’s absolutely an escape from the Adelaide city streets it’s tucked away behind.
You’ll find Roxies at 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide.
Beachside Restaurant is a fabulous little suburban gem, not only because of its breezy, beach vibes, but because eating or drinking at the colourful diner could save a life. Profits from Beachside go to the West Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which runs programs in sea safety for children, migrants and refugees. The restaurant features colourful vintage chairs alongside bamboo walls, rattan ceiling fans, plenty of plants, a great beachy, Bali vibe. The whole front section, which features the bar, is indoor/outdoor and can be closed in for Winter, and opened right up for the Summer months. The fact that you can see the water from the front of the venue, adds to its island feel.
You’ll find Beachside Restaurant at 5 West Beach Road, West Beach.
Moseley Beach Club
While drinking cocktails with your feet in the sand is distinctly a holiday aspiration, it’s really a toss up whether the Moseley Beach Club in Glenelg is more a Bali beach club vibe, or something from the Italian shoreline. Either way, cabanas on the beach with drinks and food, acoustic musicians playing chilled Summer tunes, and sunshine on your face, equals good times and we’re down for that.
You’ll find the Moseley Beach Club on the sand right next to the Glenelg Jetty.
The Pavilion at Feathers could be anywhere in the world. Because it’s set on the high side of the road, when you look out of the deck, you’re seeing a canopy of trees, and sunshine. The indoor/outdoor space can be closed in during the colder weather, and opened right up to create an open, tropical place to enjoy an Aperol Spritz or an icy craft beer. The addition of hanging plants, cruisey ceiling fans, and great tapas and seafood, completes that ‘getaway’ experience, if you’re trying to escape the grind of the city.
You’ll find Feathers Pavilion at 516 Glynburn Rd, Burnside.
With it’s newly renovated decor (and owners) the Lotus Lounge and its cosy outdoor garden gives us a tiny taste of a heaving bar in Bali’s busy strips.
You’ll find Lotus Lounge at 268 Morphett St, Adelaide.
While this place is yet to open, the beachfront cafe in Goolwa already boasts to-die-for views, and a name that suggests it’s got some Bali origins. You’ll just have to stay tuned to Glam Adelaide for more news on that one.
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