The 10 best bars to drink at while you’re in Adelaide for Gather Round

Needing the perfect place to quench your thirst this Gather Round? Here is our guide to the 10 best bars to drink at in the CBD.

As the highly anticipated Gather Round rolls into town, Adelaide’s from funky to sophisticated bar scene caters to all. The CBD has more than a handful of must-go spots, from Merrymaker, Pink Moon Saloon, Hennessy, and Hellbound, just to name a few. So with the Gather Round in SA, what better time to pay them a visit?

Whether you’re a football lover, or simply need a post-match bevvy (or two), here’s a list of our top picks to try during the weekend!

Shotgun Willies

If you’re in need of a post-match snack in a honky-tonk saloon, Shotgun Willies is coming in hot with all things Western. Bring your cowboy boots and a group of mates, and settle in for live music most nights, or on the first Friday of every month (Friday of the Gather Round), for ‘The Weekly 50’ Trivia Night.  If you can find a second to slip away from all the action at the footy, stop by Shotgun Willies on the Friday and Saturday nights of the Gather Round, and join in on all the fun at their Street Parties. There’ll be a big screen showing all the action, food, and live music, so make Gilbert Place, your home base for the entirety of the weekend. 

What: Shotgun Willies
Where: 22 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Open 7 days a week, 4 pm till late!
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El Cheeky Flamingo

Hola Amigos! Step out of Adelaides East End, and into Miami at El Cheeky Flamingo. In this intimate cocktail bar, sip on Caribbean-inspired drinks, and snack on street eats, whilst partying the night away in a tropical paradise. Prepare to get cheeky all Gather Round long at happy hour from 4 – 7:30, for $7 house wines, beers, and spirits!

What: El Cheeky Flamingo
Where: Unit 40/33 Vardon Ave, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Open Thursday through Saturday, 4 pm till late.
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Mother Vine Wine Bar

Back in Adelaide’s East End, Mother Vine brings the ambience with its extensive wine list, cocktails and Gin. Enjoy wines from here, there and everywhere, perfectly paired with the shared menu, or leave it up to the experts with their Mother Knows Best Feed Me menu. Stop by on Sunday from 5 pm to wrap up your weekend in style, and enjoy a sophisticated evening of live Jazz. Otherwise, Mother Vine is open all weekend long, bookings and walk-ins are welcome!

What: Mother Vine
Where: 22/26 Vardon Ave, Adelaide SA 5000
Contact: (08) 8227 2273
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Experience the atmosphere of the East End in this Brooklyn-inspired gin and cocktail bar. Designed with New York in mind, BRKLYN is serving up a rotating menu of drinks from around the world, perfectly paired with a multicultural menu of seasonal produce designed for sharing. Soak in an authentic ADL weekend in this NYC venue. Grab a deli sandwich before a match, or a late-night snack after. BRKLYN is open Monday to Friday 5 pm to 12 am, and on weekends, 1 pm until 2 am.

Where: 260-262 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Monday to Friday 5 pm to 12. 1 pm until 2 am Saturday and Sunday.
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Sol Rooftop

At only a short 8-minute walk from Adelaide Oval, take in the views of the city on the Sol Rooftop.  Sol has your Gather Round weekend covered! Stop by on Saturdays from 3 pm for Sol’s Day Club, and see the iconic terrace transformed into Adelaide’s Premier Summer Destination. Is Bottomless Brunch more of your vibe? Spend the weekend recovering with 3 tiers of a delicious brunch menu and 2 hours of bottomless prosecco, spritz and mimosas. Early mornings, not your thing? How about a Friday night sunset session with, DJ Lesley Williams on the decks?  Open from 11 am on weekends, and noon during the week, Sol is the perfect place for a drink or bite to eat, before or after a game. Whether you are going for something off the weekend schedule, or just want to stop by, Sol Rooftop has your back!

What: Sol Rooftop
Where: SkyCity Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5000
When: From 12pm Monday – Friday. 11am Saturday and Sunday.
Contact: (08) 7077 3960
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Hains & Co

hains and co

Hidden away in the Laneways of the West End, Hains & Co are known for their spirits, whiskey and cigars. Use this iconic establishment as an escape from the hustle and bustle, reminisce on a game and enjoy good company amongst the heritage architecture. Joining Shotgun Willies at ‘Home Base: Footy at Gilbert Place,’ Hains & Co has your pre-game and your after-game kick-ons sorted. Lock in for Footy on the big screen and celebrate big wins at the street parties, Gilbert Street is the place to be!

What: Hains & Co
Where: 23 Gilbert Pl, Adelaide SA 5000
When: Daily from 4pm until 2am
Contact: (08) 8410 7088
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Bank Street Social

Experience the best Adelaide has to offer at Bank Street Social. With a focus on all things local, Bank Street Social is serving up South Australian beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, and fresh pizzas, in a vibey, once State Bank, turned killer Hindley Street venue. Dance the night away post-match, to house music and party tunes on a Friday and Saturday night, or soak in the atmosphere during the week. Open 5 pm till late!

What: Bank Street Social
Where: 48 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000
Contact: (08) 7080 9800
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Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange

Sophisticated and relaxed, Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, is the perfect place to wind down after a big day celebrating! Grab one of the signature literature-inspired cocktails, or explore all corners of the globe through the extensive range of international wines and whiskeys. Come together with a group of your nearest and dearest, or enjoy a book and cheeseboard in solitude. Bibliotheca is open from 5 every day excluding Sundays.

What: Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange
Where: 1/27 Gresham St, Adelaide SA 5000
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Prohibition Liquor Co.

Prohibition Liquor Co. is the only fully functioning distillery in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Experience a gin tasting or sip on a cocktail during the Gather Round Weekend, this unique establishment is a Distillery, Tasting Room and Cocktail Bar all in one! Pop in pre-game to try toasties, tapas or platters, or be tempted by their cocktail of the month. Whatever your preference, Prohibition is the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in all Adelaide has to offer.

What: Prohibition Liquor Co.
Where: 22 Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000
When: 11:30 am Wednesday to Sunday.
Contact: (08) 8155 6007
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Bar Riot

This pastel haven is a trusty CBD classic, serving up Riot Wines and tapas-style share plates, Bar Riot is the ultimate watering hole. The combination of South Aussie wines, with far-flung classics, creates a relaxed atmosphere, that’s the perfect place to finish at after a long day at the Football. Bar Riot is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 12 pm.

What: Bar Riot
Where: 57 Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000
Contact: (08) 8330 6202
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The Gather Round is the perfect time to explore the Adelaide CBD, but why not give the rest of SA a go? Going to the game in Norwood and looking for somewhere to eat or drink? Click here for the best of Norwood and the Parade!

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