Last updated December 2019
The weekend is just around the corner and the last 12 months has seen the opening of so many fantastic new Adelaide bars.
Whether you want a quiet couple of after work drinks, a catch up and a dance with friends or a night that would rival Courtney Love at her peak, this is our guide to the best new bars in town and where you should head out to any night of the week for a drink.
If drinks are out of the question but you don’t want to miss out on whats happening around Adelaide, check out our new restaurants guide.
Next Door (Coming Soon)
The team behind the internationally acclaimed Prohibition Liquor Co are opening a new bar right next door to the brand’s iconic CBD distillery.
Similarly to the distillery, Next Door will feature a rotating range of select craft beers and wines, but will move away from gin tasting flights, opting more for craft cocktails. Next Door will be somewhat cosier than the distillery, with more of a focus on gourmet platters and tapas.
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.
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.
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.
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 with a Sunday session haven (no mermaids this time) in their outdoor courtyard.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
193 Victoria Square, Adelaide. Wild Nectre is the brain child of Dean Jennings and Charles Olweny, who was previously the venue manager at MYLK BAR. An accumulative 40 years of experience between the two has led into the creation of Wild Nectre. Wild Nectre has no theme, rather it’s a space that is ready to be moulded by visitors. That’s not to say it’s all minimalist. Exposed brick, low hanging lights and a long bar all add to the simply cool vibe of Wild Nectre. You might be looking at your winter time destination. (3/19)
131 King William Street, Adelaide. It already boasts three levels of goodness, and now inner city watering hole Electra House is adding yet another addition, this time to the ground floor. The Post Masters Quarters, which will be known as PMQ, is an intimate space complete with plush blue velvet booths, marble-look tables, and pendant lighting. Electra House’s Chad Hanson, said PMQ is for when you want to get away from the larger crowds, entertain a client, or just want a more private space for a drink or two after work. (1/19)
279 Rundle St, Adelaide. Chef Jock Zonfrillo has already injected plenty of life into Adelaide’s East End and now, he’s added a brand new bar to the mix. Mallozzi is an Italian bar with wine, snacks—and our favourite bit, its own dedicated salumi bar! Drinks all have an Italian touch—with beers, wines, amaro and grappa from Italy, plus cocktails, and some Australian-grown Italian varietals. (12/18)
31 Drayton Street, Bowden. The hunt for a location for this multi-purpose, urban winery came to fruition in the form of a mid 1800’s heritage Church that had been left to languish for years—seemingly a perfect fit with the vibe the team want visitors to feel when they visit, something unexpected when you think about a cellar door. The church is also what we have to thank for the name Oddio, which translates to ‘oh my God’ in Italian. The new spot is definitely different to anything else in Adelaide, from the heritage site to the huge glittering disco ball hanging in the middle of the venue, it’s going to be a mish-mash of cool, modern and historical all at the same time. Whilst at the moment Oddio will only be open for events and collabs, there are plans for a more permanent occupation. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date! (12/18)
Festival Dr, Adelaide. The new Aussie craft beer bar and rotisserie restaurant has taken over the space underneath the Festival Centre and boasts great outdoor space with views of Adelaide Oval, the footbridge, and the Torrens. Expect to find a huge range of beers, like James Squire, Little Creatures, and White Rabbit Brewery, and don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker – there will be a whole menu of local South Australian wines. (11/18)
36 Kensington Road, Rose Park. The two-in-one venue finds home in a hundred-year-old, heritage front building, meaning the place has plenty of character and a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for intimate family gatherings or quick, but cosy catch-ups with friends. Relax with a drink in hand or watch as the chefs behind the bar pop the finishing touches on each dish before sending them out.
40/33 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide. Vardon Avenue became a little bit more fabulous with the opening of the El Cheeky Flamingo bar. Located in the former William Bligh spot, this sweet little venue has us longing for summer and warm nights. Think: Miami meets Adelaide, with groovy neon colours and tunes. With passionate, knowledgable staff and an exciting menu filled with delightful drinks (and bites), you’re bound to have a night out like no other. (10/18)
110 Pirie St, Adelaide. What was once a thriving drinks spot in the city has been brought back to life with a new all-day pub and eatery. The formerly after-work drinks staple The Office, the space on the corner of Pirie Street and Wyatt Street, reopened as The Golden Wattle. Above the bar is a mezzanine area with its own bar and pool table, which will be available for functions. Downstairs they also host live music. The all day venue serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They pour Five Senses Coffee from 7am weekdays to keep all the local office workers happy, and opening the doors a bit later on Saturdays. (10/18)
134A The Parade, Norwood. One of The Parade’s most gorgeous buildings has re-emerged as a new venue, Lost Barrel. As the name suggests, there are barrels at the heart of it, with an extensive wine, craft beer, and gin list on offer. If you’re a beer lover, there’s over 100 tap and bottled beers to choose from, including local, interstate and international choices, but it’s the on-site brewing that has us excited. Lost Barrel has teamed up with The Little Bang Brewery Company, and pour their Little Bang IRA Pale Ale, and their Little Bang Cloudy Apple Cider, from two of the three stainless steel beer tanks that adorn the walls. It’s the third beer tank you want to know about though – with their very own in-house blend, crafted by the Lost Barrel beer experts and Little Bang Brewery. (10/18)
Level 1, 269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach. The temperature is getting warmer, and the sun is making appearances. All we need now is a cocktail in hand and a breezy beachside spot to settle in for the long summer days. West is the new rooftop bar in Henley Beach. The 70-seat venue takes its design cues from some of the older Henley houses, with an art deco feel. An island bar with a giant timber bar top is the focal point, with plenty more timber throughout which is broken up with pops of brass and cosy green banquettes. Giant bi-fold doors completely open up one side of the bar, and a blue slate floor sweeps across the entire venue, creating an outdoor feel no matter where you manage to grab a spot. Read more about this great venue here! (09/18)
248 The Parade, Norwood. If you’re after a little slice of France, but are struggling to find the time and funds to spontaneously jetset off around the world, The Little French Wine Bar has got you covered. The Norwood venue has recently been rebranded, (previously La Vigne), and the space has been given a bit of a makeover to reflect a more authentic, gritty French wine bar. Drinks are exclusively French, from wine and beer to liqueurs, and they’ll have live music weekly. Head there from 5-7pm Thursday, Friday or Saturday during happy hour(s) and you get a free French cheese board when you buy your first bottle of wine! Click here for more information about this great wine bar. (09/18)
Regent Arcade, 110 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. Remodeled and ready to go – Propaganda Club is back with a whole new look and vibe. The moody and intimate space is still incredibly inviting, but now it entices you to stay for a long lunch, an intimate dinner or most importantly, a few drinks with friends. Take your pick!
From 11am to late, Monday through to Sunday, you can either sit in their comfy booths where you can catch up with mates, or perhaps a go on a sneaky date (motorised blinds have been installed for privacy, oo la la). The other side of the bar boasts high tables where you can watch the mixologists do their magic. With $7 pints on tap, great beers that include Pirate Life and newly released Frothy from Matilda Bay, alongside intricate cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Find out more about the exciting remodel here. (09/18)
299 Rundle Street, Adelaide. Sitting quietly on the corner of East Terrace and Rundle Street, The Stag Public House has opened its doors…to the public. Formerly known as The Stag, the venue has undergone a revamp and has been resurrected by neighbouring and renowned NOLA owners – so we’re sure The Stag Public House is in good hands. The bar has all South Australian and Australian products, and is stock full of various beers and locally sourced wines. The space is aimed at being a true blue Aussie pub, so you’ll be able to get a red tin or a Coopers pale, and the alcohol served will be approachable and easy. Click here for a sneak peak and more info. (08/18)
Little Tinnie is the new adorably-named roaming bar. Based out of a custom-made caravan, the retro bar will pop up around around, serving up wine, cocktails and wood-fired dishes. Custom-made in Victoria, the caravan is decked out with wood panelling and pressed tin, with a snazzy black and white external paint job. The bar will be popping up at events, like the Spring Soiree in October, and will also be available to hire for weddings and events. To read more about the unique bar click here. (08/18)
16c Debneys Road, Norton Summit. Ten Mile East is an artisan vineyard and winery tucked in a Norton Summit Valley within the cool climate of South Australia’s famed Adelaide Hills. Using estate-grown fruit, owners and winemakers James and Taiita Champniss handcraft very limited batches of unique and incredibly fine wine. Now with Spring in swing, James and Taiita have opened up the cellar door for visitors every weekend and they’ll be having a good ol’ fashioned hills shindig to celebrate. To find out more about the hidden gem click here. (08/18)
Tenancy 3, Ground Floor, 41 Currie Street, Adelaide. Another wine bar has moved onto the Adelaide scene. Each month, The Noble Gentleman will be featuring a wine of the month ensuring only the best is sampled! From what we’ve read this place will quickly become Adelaide’s go-to wine stop. (08/18)
11 Solomon Street, Adelaide. Bar scene native, John Di Pinto brings the world of 80’s rock to today with this cool dive bar that’s settled on Solomon Street. Lots of spirits, beers on tap, potentially some hot dogs and Janis Joplin’s classic on the jukebox. Could we ask for more? (07/18)
143 Hindley Street. Nineteen Ten Mr. Minsky’s Burlesque & Jazz Club is a purpose built rooftop bar is located on Hindley Street with the capacity for only 50 guests at a time, so it takes a cosy atmosphere to new heights. Nineteen Ten is inspired by the infamous Broadway burlesque clubs owned by The Minsky brothers in the early 1900s, so expect a glamorous aesthetic with flapper dresses and fancy prohibition-era style cocktails. Click here for more info. (6/18)
18 Peel Street, Adelaide. The clever minds behind Alfred’s have added their second bar to the beloved Peel Street. Malt and Juniper showcase what their name entails – malt whiskey and juniper gin. The sophisticated bar is a timber joinery shrine where you can expect to spend a lot of your time if you’re heading to Peel. Expect single malt whiskey to warm your soul, and fragrant and citrus gin from the talented team. Click here for pictures and more info about this beautiful bar. (06/18)
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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