Distilleries

Your guide to South Australia’s whisky bars & distilleries

Whether you’re an avid whisky drinker or a newbie wanting to dip their toes in, here’s a list of some of the best places & SA whiskies for you to try.

Photo: HAINS & CO
Last updated: May 2024

As World Whisky Day approaches, we’ve decided to revisit our whisky bars and distilleries guide! What better day, than Saturday May 18th, to explore the best whisky South Australia has to offer? 

Book a table on Friday 17th of May for dinner at STH Restaurant and mention that you saw this on Glam Adelaide for World Whisky Day, and you’ll receive a free shot (30mL) of Shinobu 15yr old Mizunara Oak whisky (Japan).

So, whether you’re a whisky newbie wanting to dip your toes in or an avid whisky drinker already, here’s a list of some of the best places & SA whiskies for you to try.

WHISKY BARS

The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange

The Bibliotecha Bar and Book Exchange is a European-style bar focusing on spirits from around the world, classic cocktails… and some books because why not? There are more than 100 whiskys to choose from in this small bar, drawn from Ireland, Japan, the US, Italy and more. If you’re after a bar with a fun twist, check out Bibliotecha this World Whisky Day. Their old and rare whisky collection includes an array of the best aged bourbon, fine single malt scotch whiskies, smoky peaty varieties and many more. With over 200 bottles available, Bibliotecha Bar knows what whisky will suit your taste.

The Bibliotecha Bar and Book Exchange is located at 1/27 Gresham St, Adelaide.
For more information, 
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Baddog Bar

Tucked away in the east end, Baddog is fitted out with timber, leather booths, exposed lighting and raw concrete floors and has become a local favourite for those wanting something with a little more edge. It can be a little difficult to find, but this bar really is the definition of a hidden treasure and is well worth the effort. With over 120 bottles of booze on the wall, you can select from Baddog’s impressive whiskey and gin collections.

Baddog Bar is located at 63 Hyde Street, Adelaide.
For more information, 
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Deli Cellar

Deli Cellar is possibly Adelaide’s smallest boutique bar, licensed for just 35 people. With an emphasis on cocktails, wine, gin and whisky, this hidden gem is the perfect place for office knock-offs or for an event.

Deli Cellar is located 12 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.
For more information, 
click here.

Electra House

To celebrate World Whisky Day, Electra house is adding two Glenmorangie cocktails to their Friday Happy Hour. Choose from a Glenmorangie whisky sour or a classic old fashioned for $15, running alongside their $6 Friday Happy Hour, which includes beers and wine from 4-6pm. Bookings are encouraged!

Electra House
Where: 131 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
For more info, click here.

HAINS & CO

One of SA’s most awarded small bars, this nautically themed gin & rum bar has a strong penchant for whisky and cigars. Their spirit range is extensive, with an expert knowledge to match. The bar itself is situated in the west end, surrounded by heritage buildings right in the heart of the CBD. 

Hains & Co is located 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide.
For more information, 
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Malt & Juniper

Malt & Juniper is another small bar located on Adelaide’s iconic Peel St laneway. The bar’s aesthetic and décor references classic bars of times gone by; moody, slightly modernist, and a bit botanical. The whisky available is sourced from almost every region with prices ranging from affordable to not-so-affordable. There is something for everyone’s tastes and budgets.

Malt & Juniper is located at 18 Peel St, Adelaide.
For more information, 
click here.

Memphis Slim’s House of Blues

Memphis Slim’s House of Blues, the bluesy basement haven on Gilbert Place, is owned by Michael Keogh who himself was named in the top 100 bartenders in the country. This trendy cocktail den, like the name suggests, is Adelaide’s home of blues with the venue boasting a long list of live music acts. 

It’s whisky drink archive includes delicious concoctions like the Luke Joint (with Monkey Shoulder whisky, watermelon, vermouth, and rose water), and an Irish Coffee (with Jameson Irish whisky, black coffee syrup, Guinness reduction, vanilla, whipped cream and all served hot). The ever-changing menu means every time you visit you’ll be able to try something unique and new.

22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
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NOLA

NOLA is a New Orleans inspired bar and eatery, with a whisky collection of over 350 that is forever changing and evolving. The space occupies the former horse stables which were attached to the Stag Hotel, and the remaining sandstone adds to the rustic charm of the American-influenced bar. The wooden stools and booths make this the perfect place to try some whisky with friends.

NOLA is located on 28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide.
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Ralph Louis Frederick

Ralph Louis Frederick is the city’s latest indulgence, an exclusive, invite-only whisky bar where luxury and privacy are the orders of the evening. This is a venue that doesn’t just serve drinks but curates experiences for the discerning few.

23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide SA 5000 (Access through Hains & Co. gated stairway)
For more information, 
click here.

DISTILLERIES WITH CELLAR DOORS

78 DEGREES DISTILLERY

Situated at the idyllic Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills, 78 Degrees Distillery is a small batch distiller showcasing unique Australian characteristics.

78 Degrees currently have 3 whiskies in their range including Australian Whisky, Muscat Finish Whisky, and a 2023 Native Grain Whisky.

Visit 78 Degrees Distillery at Lot.100, 68 Chambers Rd Hay Valley SA
For more information, 
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Blend Etiquette

A new cellar door has opened that is sure to delight spirit enthusiasts: Blend Etiquette, offering a comfortable place to enjoy a gin tasting or drink with a bite to eat in Sturt.

Blend Etiquette is owned by husband and wife duo Lindon and Geordan Lark and the brand traces its origins back to 2016.

Visit Blend Etiquette at 1510 Main South Rd, Sturt SA, 5047.
For more information, click here.

FLEURIEU DISTILLERY

The Fleurieu Distillery is located in the centre of the historic Goolwa Wharf Precinct and is known for distilling its award-winning Single Malt Whisky. On the water’s edge of the river port of Goolwa, the whisky develops expressive maple and vanilla oak overtones mixed with spicy sea-air aromas.
The distillery and brewery are open for tasting and sales from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

The Fleurieu Distillery is located at 1 Cutting Road, Goolwa.
For more information, 
click here.

PROHIBITION LIQUOR CO.

Prohibition Liquor Co. officially released the first edition of its highly anticipated Single Malt Whisky in 2023. It’s crafted with the highest quality local malted barley and has undergone a meticulous process of double distillation in a small batch copper pot still.

It’s the only fully functioning distillery located in the heart of Adelaide – and offers a unique opportunity for guests to see the process and meet the makers in a genuinely interactive environment.

22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 5000
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SUNNY HILL DISTILLERY

Sunny Hill Distillery sits atop one of the highest points on the Yorke Peninsula 5km North of the township of Arthurton. The tasting room and deck have amazing rural views to the North and West overlooking some of the best cereal cropping land in the state. Built on the family-founded and owned farm since 1872, their modern distillation journey has now begun.

Sunny Hill is located at 8658 Upper Yorke Road, Arthurton SA
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TRIA PRIMA

Tria Prima Distillery is located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills approximately 4 km from Mount Barker Summit. At Tria Prima, they foster creativity but respect tradition. They do their own mashing and fermentation using Australian barley. This is followed by a long and slow distillation in their Australian-made 2200-litre copper pot still.

Tria Primia is located at 31 Oborn Road, Mount Barker
For more information, click here.

TWENTY THIRD STREET DISTILLERY

Twenty Third Street Distillery get their name from their location, situated on the corner of Twenty Third Street & Renmark Avenue in Renmark, South Australia. The distillery creates a range of award-winning products including brandy, gin, rum, vodka and of course, whisky.

Twenty Third Street Distillery is located at the Corner of Renmark Avenue and Twenty Third Street, Renmark.

For more information, 
click here.

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