Last updated December 2019
The weekend is just around the corner and the last twelve 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 out, 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 what’s happening around Adelaide, check out our new restaurants guide.
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. (12/19)
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)
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)
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 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)
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) with a Sunday session haven in their outdoor courtyard. (10/19)
Known for its good vibes and buzzing stalls, Plant 4 Bowden is always a good idea for soulful food, delicious drinks and shopping.
There is now another exciting reason to head to the venue, with Plant 4’s new downstairs bar. (10/19)
Dat Place is a brand new bar and restaurant located on Hindley Street at the former well-known Cushdy location. During the day, it’s a bar and restaurant and after hours it converts to a nightclub.
With three different rooms and a mean wood oven that slings pizzas at patron, Dat Place joins the spaces integral to the West End’s revitalisation. (9/19)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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. (12/18)
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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