Soak Up Some Cocktails And History At This Rundle Mall Bar

Soak Up Some Cocktails And History At This Rundle Mall Bar

If you like shopping, cocktails and food – in any order – The First Lounge and Bar is for you!


Do you ever find yourself wandering through Rundle Mall, looking for something a bit more swanky than the regular food court meal you’ve become accustomed to? Sure, we all love some fries every now and again, but sometimes you’re just looking for more.

Imagine, a romantic bar in the middle of Rundle Mall, you walk through the doors to see a large marble bar with sparkling chandeliers glittering overhead, you grab a glass of wine and sit on the balcony, taking in the great views of the south of the hills. Well, this place exists and it hasn’t even been hiding from you.

First Lounge Bar and Restaurant inside the Hotel Richmond is the place we described and more. First welcomes a varied crowd, from the ‘cool cocktail’ crowd to the ‘wine after work’ crowd, and with discreet and elegant service the appeal of the venue is on full display. Located at 128 Rundle Mall, the venue was originally built in 1839 and was then known as the Cornwall Hotel, later reopening under the Hotel Richmond name in 1928. You’d expect a venue of its age to retain its historic charm, and, without a doubt, it has.

Being the only venue in Rundle Mall with a large balcony, you’ll feel the exclusivity as you sit watching the crowds below. If a balcony meal isn’t your cup of tea, there is plenty of indoor seating to appreciate. As great believers in supporting local SA businesses and suppliers, you’ll feel assured your food is fresh and seasonal. So much so, that their menu is changing in a month, as they’ve got their new head chef coming on board.

With an extensive wine list and almost more extensive cocktail list on offer, those with any taste preference will find something to enjoy. Those who love the classics will find solace in a Mojito, Cosmo or Tom Collins, and those who prefer more exotic tastes will love their Dante’s Inferno or The Masked Lady. One to try though, is their ‘Sarah’s Rose Garden’ which is basically a Tom Collins but they’re keeping it local with Twenty Third Street Rose Vodka shaken with thyme, hibiscus syrup, sugar syrup and soda water.

Open seven days a week with for meals and drinks, with the option to hire the place out for exclusive functions, forgo your usual fries and coke and soak up a bit of South Australian history right in the middle of Rundle Mall.

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