The end of summer is coming near, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop spending warm nights overlooking Adelaide’s beautiful riverbank views from our prime position in the best venues. Fortunately, the Riverbank’s Station Lane and Home Ground precincts, plus the array of individual venues, means there’ll be plenty of places for you and the squad to relax, have a few drinks and enjoy the incredible views from each of their restaurants and bars.
Sean Connolly’s New York Brasserie-inspired restaurant presenting gorgeous dishes utilises the very best of South Australia’s produce in a contemporary setting. Including an alfresco dining area along Station Road, Sean’s Kitchen offers lunch and dinner from 11 am, 7 days a week. They also do some amazing and decadent packages including their ‘Girls Night Out’ and group bookings.
In collaboration with Jacob’s Creek, Barossa Bar & Grill offers a taste of the country’s most famous wine region. Featuring regional produce and wine from local producers, why not head down for lunch, dinner or a late night snack? You’ll never be bored, with a regularly changing menu that showcases the best seasonal produce our state has to offer. The best bit? It’s open til 2 am every night of the week and 24 hours on weekends, so maybe this Saturday night you can skip Zambies and try something a bit heartier instead.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to head for girls night, dudes night, date night, after the cricket, or as you stop off at the Adelaide Railway Station, Station Lane itself is definitely not to be missed this summer. As you wander along, you will be greeted by a range of restaurants and bars. From mouth-watering meals to gorgeous drinks, you can be sure that there will be somewhere that will be perfect for you. So be sure to take a wander on through.
A casual, family-friendly dining experience selling everyone’s favourite comfort foods: burgers, hot dogs, and southern fried chicken. They also do fabulous vegetarian options including veggie burgers with a sweet potato and quinoa patty, beetroot relish, lettuce, avocado, and aioli, all around the $14 mark – delicious and affordable! Open daily for lunch and dinner, see the full online menu here.
This beautiful establishment is for the more health-conscious foodies, with fresh local produce whipped into dishes such as poached eggs and salmon with smashed avocado, açai bowls and chia pods. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, see their full online menu here.
This vibrant bar stocks a variety of beverages. With their extensive drinks list and bar snacks, it’s the perfect place to head if you are looking for a little bar overlooking the riverside.
A well-established casual riverside bar that specialises in delicious wood-fired pizzas, what more could we ask for? This little ditty is open for lunch and dinner daily. They offer local wines, beers and seasonal produce with their beautiful indoor and outdoor setting overlooking the River Torrens.
Other Riverbank venues
As one of the coolest pop up bars on the Adelaide Riverbank overlooking the Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Oval, Neon is the perfect place for an afternoon drink. We can’t go past their delectable range of summer cocktails, they’re as refreshing as they are delicious!
River Cafè and the Red Ochre Grill is a fabulous pavilion full of delicious food, and it’s actually floating on the river – how romantic! Imagine overlooking the beautiful city views as you eat at their Italian cuisine restaurant, and at just a ten minute walk along the River Torrens from the Adelaide Festival Centre, this is a perfect restaurant for a getaway from reality. So float away with your pals or significant other, and enjoy the relaxing sway of the river as you chow down on some delicious eats.
Once upon an Adelaide memory, the Riverbank was home to an ornate floating ballroom known as The Floating Palais. The Floating Palais was the height of Adelaide nightlife until it’s mysterious sinking at the height of the roaring twenties. Luckily for us, almost 100 years later the Adelaide Festival has taken to reviving the idea and lighting up the Torrens riverbank during festival season. There’s a motza to choose from over the course of the festival, including Regurgitator’s return to Adelaide, and the dance party that will be Art vs Science! The Palais will start kicking with the Adelaide Festival from March 2, 2018.
Going from 2-18 March and entertaining audiences for more than 55 years, Adelaide Festival attendees have been spoilt and shocked with the outstanding mix of internationally-acclaimed theatre productions, an eclectic array of world-class musicians, breathtaking dance pieces, renowned writers and striking visual arts displays. A perfect way to enjoy the warm March nights, this is an amazing place to head to over the Riverbank.
Have your coffee with a social-conscience twist. This establishment not only serves delicious coffee in the beautiful Riverbank area to give you your morning, afternoon or evening hit of caffeine, but it is 100% co-designed and run with local youth, in order to help reduce the youth unemployment within South Australia. They also do a range of KIK toasties including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
You may have seen these bad buoys floating down the river, and thought ‘jeez, this looks cool’, and you’d be right! There’s nothing more quintessentially Australian than a BBQ on a boat. This is an incredibly unique and fun experience where you can rent a donut-shaped boat with a BBQ on board and grill your own lunch as you float away. There is a variety of packages that suits for whatever type of group you need. With a giant sun umbrella on board and eskies to keep your bevvies cold, all you need to do is add drinks, nibbles and up to 10 of your friends. Floating up on the river with pals and cocktails – what could be better?!
End this long, hot summer the right way, and spend the remaining few weeks we have left of the sun’s rays before the winter chill hits at one (or more) of these brilliant river-side bars or restaurants.