Huge New Wine Bar And Restaurant To Open In Adelaide’s West End

With a specialised wine cellar, cracking menu, and space aplenty, Stem is going to be a welcome addition to Hindley Street’s West End.


It’s no secret that the CBD’s West End is undergoing a revitalisation of sorts. With rebuilds and redesigns galore, it seems only fitting that the Hindley Street hangout formerly known as Caos Café undergoes a transformation of its own.

After Caos Café closed its doors, the space remained uninhabited for a few years. Enter business partners Tom Paxton, Lachlan Farmer, Chris Farmer, and Paul Barber, with Stem.

The proposed wine bar and restaurant is moving into the long-abandoned space and is likely to become a classic haunt for diners and drinkers alike. Paxton, a doctor and former co-owner of the much-loved Bank Street Social, is no stranger to the hospitality industry and Stem looks to be a very impressive next venture.

“The venue is a five-minute walk from the recently redone RAH and the Uni SA campuses,” Paxton says. “It’s an energetic, bustling lprecinct and we’re thrilled to be part of it.”

The collective has appointed a yet-to-be-named head chef who describes the menu as “generous and rustic. Food that is delicious rather than unnecessarily fancy.”

Expect Mediterranean influences with a pizza oven and some tasty pasta dishes. The venue will also feature a specialised wine cellar with storage for over 1000 bottles and helpful staff on hand to offer advice and tastings.

“We want Stem to be both high quality and accessible,” continues Paxton.

This greatly anticipated project is still in its early stages but an opening date is expected to be set in the next two months. Stay tuned for updates.

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