A Comprehensive Guide To Adelaide's Hottest New Bars

A Guide To Adelaide’s Hottest New Bars (All Of Which Are Open Again)

Once again, we’ve been out to update our list of the new drinking destinations of Adelaide …


Last updated June 2020

The weekend is just around the corner and the last twelve months have seen the opening of so many fantastic new Adelaide bars.

Whether you want a quiet couple of after work drinks, a catch up, or a night out, this is our guide to the best new bars in town.

Bar Peripheral

Featuring a twelve-metre long bar that can seat a grand total of twelve people, the bar will be an intimate experience to foster relationships between bartender and patrons, as well as allowing guests to focus on themselves and their company.

While there is room for standing, there is a ‘no standing’ rule to ensure the full experience and comfort for seated customers, without the unwanted noise from behind. (3/20)


Modern yet timeless, fourth. is located in Glenelg and offers fresh cocktails, a boutique wine list from all parts of the world, craft beers and an extensive range of whisky and gin.

Next Door

The team behind the internationally acclaimed Prohibition Liquor Co recently opened a new bar right next door to the brand’s iconic CBD distillery.

Similarly to the distillery, Next Door features a rotating range of select craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Next Door is somewhat cosier than the distillery, and places more focus on gourmet platters and tapas. (12/19)

Seamore’s Bar & Restaurant

One of Adelaide’s most iconic locations is now home to Seamore’s, a brand new bar and restaurant. Formerly Henley Kiosk, and more recently Sandbar, the building Seamore’s is housed in has been a Henley Square cornerstone for many years.

Word on the street is that Seamore’s drinks are generous and tailored, with a large spritz menu and a collection of house botanical infused gins, barrel aged Negronis, and Bellinis. (12/19)

Big Shed Brewing Concern

What started as a love affair with making beer has now become one of South Australia’s established brewing companies, and Big Shed Brewing Concern doesn’t seem to be slowing down. 

The company has now opened brewery number two, with the new space situated on Old Port Road, and licensed for 250 people. (12/19)

The Voice

Prepare those vocal cords, because festive season this year is about to get a whole lot more … well, festive. Since opening its doors quietly in early November on Gouger Street, The Voice is bringing a new level of opulence to Adelaide’s karaoke scene.

The Voice has a glamorous Great Gatsby inspired front bar open to anyone to drink at and boasts 17 individual and unique karaoke rooms at the back of the bar, where you can give your vocal cords a serious workout, with more than 80,000 songs to choose from. (11/19)

Sparkke Rooftop

Sparkke at the Whitmore brings an exciting new bar and food experience to the large rooftop space poised above the leafy green trees of Whitmore Square just in time for summer enjoyment.

Fans of the award winning brewpub will find a significantly expanded bar, now ten taps, and ramped up for the delivery of specialised house cocktails, including a range of summer spritzes created by Co-founder Rose Kentish. (11/19)

Bethnal Green

Outwardly a typical barbershop, the venue is actually home to one of Adelaide’s newest small bars. The internal fit-out was inspired by Bethnal Green, a London tube station. 

The bar stocks over 25 different vodkas from around the world, all of which can be substituted into the cocktails in place of the house vodka, to add a personalised twist. (10/19)


Whilst the name is the same as its predecessor, that’s where the similarities end for Atlantis Bar & Lounge. 

New owners Blaise and Matt Brown have refurbished the venue, iconically known for its mermaid tank, to a light and breezy cocktail bar (no mermaids this time). (10/19)

The Black Swan (Robe)

Home to approximately 1500 people, Robe has an established food and wine scene, which is continuing to grow with the recent redevelopment of the Caledonian Inn, and the opening of The Black Swan.

The Black Swan was conceived as a “relaxed” place to enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat. (9/19)

Stacked Social

Both an Adelaide-first bar that specialises in cognac and an Australia-wide high-class poker bar, Stacked Social is the modern iteration of how poker is currently being played.

Stacked Social stands as Adelaide’s first cognac bar and one of the only places that’ll sell the rare varieties by the bottle. (8/19)

1000 Island

When the neighbouring Fairweather closed, the Sunny’s Pizza crew jumped on the opportunity to facilitate the birth of 1000 Island.

Sunny’s Ash Wilson says 1000 Island will be the ideal place for people to head pre or post Sunny’s. (8/19)

Plain Jane

Two-storey Plain Jane sits where the much-adored COS once was, and is anything but plain. Elegant and open, the heritage-listed building has been transformed into a funky, inviting bar and restaurant.

The two-storey building has been used in its entirety, with a large capacity on both levels. Upstairs is remarkably large, with another bar, chandeliers, and a series of striking, almost floor to ceiling murals. (6/19)


Paloma Bar and Pantry opened earlier this year on Peel Street and offers a Mediterranean-style approach to the small bar phenomenon.

Whilst this is a cocktail bar through and through, there is a food offering featuring in-house preserves, cheeses, and prosciutto, described as “a bit more than just antipasto.” (4/19)

Wing It

From Adelaide hospitality veteran, Tomas Smith, the man behind some of our favourite Peel Street locations, La Rambla and Therapy and very recently, Piccoli Piatti in North Adelaide. Now comes a new sports bar specialising in chicken wings. Wing It is a fresh take on the Americana Sports Bar, a venue that Adelaide sorely lacks. (5/19)


While Sibling Cafe isn’t necessarily a new bar, it has recently taken on bar life with their new opening hours. After getting their liquor licence, Sibling now showcase a range of local natural wines, boutique beers and cocktails alongside the amazing coffee and food they have always provided. (5/19)


In the suburban heart of Stepney, where Little Bang Brewery used to sit, Ferg’s is right at home. Cosy, rustic, and effortlessly cool, the collaborative cellar door is set to bring Winemakers, Brewers, Distillers, (and drinkers) under the same roof. (4/19)

The Sorcerer’s Bar

25B Bank Street, Adelaide. The Sorcerer’s Bar is a brand new wizard-themed bar, complete with cauldron cocktails and Butterbeer shots. Located on Bank Street, it’s Adelaide’s smallest bar, with only room for 15 people inside, plus space for another 9 or 10 outside. (4/19)

If you know of any other new bars that we’ve missed, feel free to drop us a line at [email protected] with your additions. We’d love to check out somewhere new!

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