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Your guide to Adelaide’s hottest new bars

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Cover image: Shotgun Willie’s.

The weekend is always just around the corner and it’s always wine o’clock somewhere right? Luckily for us, there’s plenty of great options of where to go for a bevvy or two in Adelaide, and despite the last twelve months, there’s been lots of new, fantastic new bars to check out too.

Whether you’re up for a couple of post-work drinks, a quiet catch-up, or a big night out, this is our guide to the best new bars in town.

Last updated April 2021.

Ivy House

Colourful new concept store Ivy House adds to the rainbow that its neighbour Mary’s Poppins had established on Synagogue Place. This quirky concept store is buzzing with creatives and Adelaidians. This spot is a coffee shop by day turned cocktail bar by night.

Find Ivy House at 17 Synagogue Place.

Opened March 2021.

Westward Bar at SkyCity

Adelaide’s newest hot spot, Westward Bar, has finally opened its doors to the public as a part of SkyCity’s $330m expansion, and it’s the perfect place to meet before or after any event.

Find Westward Bar at GF SkyCity Adelaide, 125 North Terrace.

Memphis Slim’s

The team from Cry Baby are opening two American themed bars. Shotgun Willie’s will be a Western-style saloon, and Memphis Slim’s House of Blues will stay true to its bluesy title with live music weekly.

You will find Shotgun Willie’s and Memphis Slim’s at Gilbert Place.

Opened March 2021.

Seed

Popular Clare Valley restaurant ​Seed​ had returned to Clare, with an expanded offering and purpose-built including a rooftop bar which will provide both a new perspective on the township.

Seed is located at 268 Main North Rd, Clare Valley.

Opened March 2021.

Blue Venus

The man behind Adelaide Central Market’s ‘Real Falafel’ is opening his next Mediterranean-inspired venture: Blue Venus. The venue will feature cocktails with Middle Eastern flavours, small plates, and themed nights.

You will be able to find Blue Venus on Level 1, 20-22 Gilbert Place.

Opened February 2021.

Unico Go

This new bar is an intimate five-seat wine bar (and live streaming studio) created by Unico founders Brendan and Laura Carter, opened at the rear of BRKLYN cocktail bar in Adelaide’s CBD, in what was formerly a recording booth. The bar will showcase a rotating selection of five unique Australian and international wines curated and served by Team Unico in collaboration with guest sommeliers. A small snack menu is available courtesy of neighbouring hot-chicken restaurant Cheekies.

Located at 260 Rundle St.

Opened January 2021.

The Olivia Hotel

The Olivia Hotel is a Hutt Street newbie. Grungy yet romantic, the venue is more small bar than pub, with co-owners Simon Schumann and Jack Wilkes determined to open a drinking destination away from Adelaide’s East End.

Find The Olivia Hotel at 170 Hutt Street.

Opened December 2020.

Eleven

Eleven, is a new restaurant and bar, from the powerhouse duo Themis Chryssidis and Callum Hann of Sprout Cooking School and Masterchef fame. The restaurant is yet to open but the open air bar is in full swing. You can sit back and relax with a beverage from their extensive drinks list and enjoy snacks such as a Swiss brown mushroom and taleggio toastie.

Find Eleven at 11 Waymouth Street.

Opened December 2020.

Good Gilbert

This neighbourhood spot is fast becoming a favourite amongst Goodwood road locals with their extensive wine list and welcoming vibe. The venue was doing bar snacks such as charcuterie boards and toasties but due to demand they have just employed a new chef so stay tuned for what they have in store. Read More Here.

Find Good Gilbert at 135B Goodwood Rd.

Opened December 2020,

Hidden Brew Taphouse

This funky joint is tucked away in Ebeneezer Place just off Rundle Street and offers a wide range of local craft beers. They also have a menu of elevated bar food, such as, blue swimmer crab crostini, Oysters and hearty meals such as South Australian beef rump, chicken fat kipfler potatoes, confit onion and black garlic jus. Read more here

Find Hidden Brew Taphouse Cnr Ebenezer Place and Union Street Adelaide, SA, Australia 5000.

Opened December 2020

LOC Bottle Bar

Lock is a trendy small bar that’s opened in the CBD. The venue itself is tiny. A long, blue table runs up the left hand side of the room towards a wall of minimal intervention wine, stacked by region. Simple bench seating and small round tables up the other. Expect an interesting wine list focusing on organic and ethical vineyards plus bar snacks including house made pickles and cured meats. Read more here

Find LOC Bottle Bar at 6 Hindmarsh Square.

Opened November 2020

Loophole Bottle Shop Bar

Right next to the Caledonian Inn in Robe, the Loophole Bottle Shop (and bar and cellar door) is Loophole Brewing Co’s latest project. The bottle shop has outdoor seating, as well as a few stools along the bar to use while drinking Loophole beers and Cape Jaffa Wines. Read more here.

Find Loophole bar at 1 Victoria Street, Robe.

Opened October 2020.

John Doe’s Local Bar

This cosy Gilbert Street bar serves an extensive range of house wine, beers and spirits –– all for just $6. Go for the cosey fireplace, stay for the low-priced drinks and tasty bar snack platters. Read more here.

Find John Doe’s Local Bar at 162 Gilbert Street, Adelaide.

Opened September 2020.

Community at Lot Fourteen

The magnificently restored Sheridan building on Lot Fourteen now houses Community – the place to get a morning coffee, healthy lunch or a drink after work with friends. The wine bar and café is in the octagonal-shaped former kiosk on North Terrace, and now serves the innovation precinct’s growing number of tenants, employees and visitors. Read more here.

Find Community at Lot Fourteen on the corner of North Terrace and, Frome Rd, Adelaide.

Opened in September 2020.

Somerton Surf Life Saving Club Bar

After a few years in hibernation, the SSLSC Bar and Bistro is back and operating with new management. Enjoy the beachfront location, wines and beers. Read more here.

Find Somerton SLSC Bar & Bistro at Level 1 Cnr Repton Road and, Esplanade, Somerton Park.

Opened September 2020.

Suburban Brew

“Love thy neighbor, love thy beer” is the motto of the Suburban Brew brewery, which has found a home on Goodwood Road. The venue has quasi-industrial look, and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. Read more here.

Find the Suburban Brew at 96 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood.

Opened September 2020.

Wakanda Place

Wakanda Place is Hindley Streets newest multicultural bar. Not just a bar, Wakanda is a place to meet friends, enjoy great music, great food and, of course, some amazing cocktails. Wakanda Place champions African culture and invites people of all backgrounds to come in and join the party. Read more here.

Find Wakanda Place at 258 Hindley Street, Adelaide.

Opened August 2020.

Mr. Jones Cocktail Bar

What was once the dark “Saloon Bar” in The Gully Public House & Garden has been transformed into a cosey, prohibition-era style bar, featuring rich green tones, gold accents, leather booths and native floral motifs. Come here for cocktails, vintage ambience and yummy tapas. Read more here.

Find Mr. Jones at 1349 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully.

Opened July 2020.  

The Flying Trunk

At home on upmarket King William Road, this funky cocktail bar has reopened with a brand-new look. The owners have employed warm colours, dark walls, ambient lighting and a mix of modern and vintage pieces to complement the quality of the premium liquor and signature cocktails. Read more here.

Find The Flying Trunk at 70 King William Rd.

Opened July 2020.

Ambra Spritz & Gin Bar

With a brand-new gin range and a host of locally produced liqueurs and spirits, the revamped Ambra Spritz & Gin Bar is your next Friday night destination. It has a fully enclosed, heated undercover area, as well as an indoor bar, so you don’t have to worry about the weather. Read more here.

Find the Ambra Spritz & Gin Bar at 43 Phillips St, Thebarton.

Opened July 2020.

Siberia Bar & Restaurant

Siberia Bar & Restaurant now sits where the much-loved East Terrace Continental once was. Initially conceptualised as a vodka bar, the upstairs space champions South Australian spirits, and also serves Prancing Pony Purity brews and Tomich Wine. Read more here.

Find Siberia at 6 East Terrace.

Opened July 2020.

Bar Peripheral

Featuring a twelve-metre long bar that can seat a grand total of twelve people, the bar is an intimate place where guests can foster relationships with their bartender and other patrons, or just focus on themselves and their company.

While there is room for standing, there is a ‘no standing’ rule to ensure comfort for seated customers.

Bar Peripheral is 447 Pulteney Street, Adelaide

Opened March 2020.

fourth.

Modern yet timeless, fourth. is in Glenelg and offers fresh cocktails, a boutique international wine list, craft beers and an extensive range of whisky and gin.

fourth. is at 34 Jetty Road, Glenelg

Opened January 2020.

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.

Similar to the distillery, Next Door features a rotating range of select craft beers, wines, and cocktails. Next Door is cosier than the distillery, and places more focus on gourmet platters and tapas.

Next Door is at 24 Gilbert Street

Opened December 2020.

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 infused botanical house gins, barrel aged Negronis, and Bellinis.

Seamore’s is at 255 The Esplenade, Henley

Opened December 2020.

Big Shed Brewing Concern

What started as a love affair with beer-making has now become one of South Australia’s most 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 1154 Old Port Road, and is licensed for 250 people.

Opened December 2020.

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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