These Adelaide Venues Are Using COVID-19 To Do Some Pretty Amazing Renovations • Glam Adelaide

These Adelaide Venues Are Using COVID-19 To Do Some Pretty Amazing Renovations

Take a look at some of the amazing makeovers that went on around Adelaide while we were diligently self-isolating these last few months.


At the beginning of all this pandemic madness, when many beloved cafés, bars, and restaurants had to shut up shop, the whole of South Australia was naturally heartbroken — but many old favourites took this time to freshen up, with cafés revamping their menus and offerings, bars getting a fresh new coat of paint, and even a local karaoke haunt undergoing a makeover.

We can’t wait to get back out there, but until then, take a look at some of the amazing makeovers that went on around Adelaide while we were diligently self-isolating!


Coming off a hugely busy mad-March, where the popular bar was home to Fringe Club, the team at Roxie’s redirected their skills into becoming venue renovators once the shutdown came into effect.

“The COVID19 shutdown ironically gave us all the time we needed to become carpenters, painters, plasterers, gardeners and general handymen and women,” said Patrick Allan, Group Operations Manager.

Though the venue remains physically the same with those great booths, the brickwork, plants and casually cool outdoor vibe, we’ve sanded, planted, painted, plastered and more – Roxie’s has had a complete makeover and looks totally refreshed.”

Roxie’s Deli (now a permanent fixture) will reopen on June 1 and the bar and kitchen will follow on June 8.

Read more about the renos here.

Roxie’s is located at 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Benjamin On Franklin Hotel

Longing for the day you can have a beer inside the pub? You and everyone else! That sweet, sweet moment is fast approaching and when it gets here, chuck the Benjamin on Franklin onto your pub-crawl — to check our their swanky new renos if nothing else.

Check out a few pictures of the progress below, from their Facebook page:


If the colourful, gorgeously assembled food of CLAY looks familiar, then it’s because the new cafe is closely related to the Argo family. The menu features classic brekkie dishes such as smashed avo and eggs benedict, as well as fresh salads with marinated lamb, falafel salads, wraps, and smoothie bowls.

This is simply the start for the owners, who plan on making CLAY a mediterranean haven, both in menu and fit.

They are currently in stage one of the renovations, which looks to complete their outdoor deck area. Stage two looks to include a child friendly section outdoors, while stage three will give the inside a brand new fit out.

The current fit, inside and outside is described as old school and will transition to a mediterranean beach vibe.

Read more about CLAY here.

Parkside Hotel

It looks like a number of pubs across Adelaide have rolled up their sleeves and given their spaces a makeover — and Parkside Hotel is another one of them for your pub-crawl list!

Get keen for your next pint after Parkside Hotel’s freshen up.

La Sing

As you read this, likely reminiscing about the last time you made that special stage your own with a rendition of your favourite karaoke song, La Sing is undergoing a transformation.

According to the La Sing team, devoted fans need not fear, with the “vibe” of the much-loved venue still ringing true.

La Sing is expected to reopen towards the end of June or the beginning of July, depending on government restrictions.

Read more here.

Lazy Ballerina Winery

Residing at the brink of Kuitpo forest, Lazy Ballerina is a winery that has taken the COVID-19 downtime as an opportunity to focus on some exciting additions.

Owners James Hook and Miriam Bourne have unveiled a stunning new marquee and a new Eco Pod accommodation. Emerging out of their stunning grounds, the rustic Eco Pod is fitted out with a fire pit, a swing chair and even an outdoor bath.

The Eco Pod will be be available in mid June for $250 a night, with bookings launching soon.

In addition to this, next to the lush lawns of Lazy Ballerina’s ground’s now sits a new ethereal all weather, multipurpose marquee.

Read more about the new additions here.

Southwark Hotel

The team at Southwark Hotel have also kept busy during lockdown, breathing new life into the place with a fresh coat of paint, ready to welcome back locals and newbies alike when the time comes.

Midwest Trader

Now, this might not be a hospo venue, but the makeover is pretty awesome, so it gets an honourable mention.

Taking residence in the bustling hub of Ebenezer Place, Midwest Trader has called the East End home since 1992 and has recently transformed into a delightfully cosy log cabin, outfitted with a fireplace straight from Canada!

Read more about the new fit out here.

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