FIRST LOOK: Asian tropicana cocktail bar, Thirsty Tiger, the newest to-go watering hole in Adelaide’s CBD

Hindley Street’s newest restaurant and bar is a delicious oasis for Asian-influenced, Californian street food, with Pho cocktails & slushies!

Ahead of 99 Gang Social’s first birthday, the Gang Gang team is welcoming Thirsty Tiger to its ever-growing collection of venues. The new tropicana cocktail bar, function space, and watering hole will be moving guests upstairs into a delicious oasis of Asian-influenced, Californian street food.

If Gang Gang Parkside is the brunch-loving eldest sibling and 99 Gang Social is the edgy, hip bar and restaurant, Thirsty Tiger is the “more mature” cousin, with slushie machines and disco ball energy.

Owned by hospo aficionados Nina Hadinata and Morgen Wynn-Hadinata, Thirsty Tiger is a tropical getaway with beautiful natural light, perfect for private functions and people looking for a more ‘elevated’ Hindley Street experience.

Alongside Thirsty Tiger General Manager Elisha Guglielmucci, Nina and Morgen saw Thirsty Tiger as an opportunity to not only double venue capacity, but also get their creative juices flowing.

“As 99 Gang Social progressed, we found ourselves saying ‘we need a bigger boat’. It was an opportunity for us all to get creative and brainstorm food menus, cocktail menus and new concepts,” says Elisha.

“We started a monthly 99 Wine Club at 99 Gang Social where we wrote shared tasting menus and paired it with wines from different SA winemakers. This was fun for Nina and Jules to branch out from burgers and create tasting menus highlighting different fusions from Italian, Japanese, Indonesian, so a lot of the menu from Thirsty Tiger has been influenced from these Wine Club menus.”

The deliciously colourful menu went off without a hitch at their VIP venue launch, focussing on the element of sharing. The showtime wagyu steak paired with the Korea town noodz, Elisha says, was a “huge standout”, especially when topped with the miso butter and pickled shallot & herb salad.

Thirsty Tiger was also serving up one-of-a-kind drops like the Pho Sho cocktail, peanut butter banana shooters, and sake bombs (Japanese sake & Asahi beer).

“There were quite a few big hits last week! One of the main ones was the Pho Sho cocktail, which is made with Gin, an in-house Pho syrup and pho broth. It’s a very interesting cocktail which is quite savoury and aromatic and delish. It’s garnished with fresh coriander and a chilli tincture, so you get a nice aromatic hit each sip. It’s very special,” says Elisha.

You’ll also be able to share with your gluten free and vego friends, with items such as the cream cheese & chive money bags (wontons), grilled broccolini with hot honey whipped feta, corn ribs, and vegan, crumbed eggplant sliders.

You can now visit Thirsty Tiger 99 Hindley Street, above 99 Gang Social. Stay tuned for Thirsty Tiger’s Boozy (and non-boozy) brunches, coming to the venue on Saturdays and Sundays in 2023.

For more information and updates, follow Thirsty Tiger on Instagram.

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