Adelaide’s Korean Frenzy Continues With Launch Of Chicken And Beer Bar


We love a new bar, especially if that new bar specialises in something as delicious as fried chicken. So we were massively excited when we heard that BanBan was opening soon on Franklin Street in the CBD.

Only a small walk from Gouger Street, BanBan looks set to add something different to the bar and eatery scene. Especially if you’re looking to embrace the heavenly pairing that is Korean fried chicken and beer.

This news follows the launch of Currie Street’s BA:M In January, which saw fresh and classic Korean flavours brought back to the Adelaide streets. And after our guide on where to find the best places for Kimchi, it’s almost as if somebody has answered our prayers.

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Fried chicken is great as it is (there is no need for us to tell you that), but have you tried Korean fried chicken? Oh my, that truly needs to be tried to be believed.

Korean Fried chicken is typically served three ways; being plain, spicy coated, or soy sauce coated. Scrumptious and undeniably better with the pairing of Korean beer, we are excited to see what BanBan will do.

We had a quick chat with Darren Song, who is some of the brains behind this delicious combo about what we can expect.

Glam Adelaide: What is the meaning behind the name?

Darren Song: Ban Ban (반반) means “half-half” in Korean. In Korea, it’s popular to have the option to order fried chicken in combination of with/without sauce or with two different type of sauces.
GA: What makes this bar different from all of the rest?

DS: We are offering a range of Asian liquors and some classic cocktails spin-off using Korean liquor such as soju and maekgoli.

GA: What inspired you to open up this kind of place?

DS: We see a gap in the market where there isn’t any dedicated authentic Korean Fried Chicken in Adelaide unlike Melbourne and Sydney. Adelaide deserves it, and I think we have waited long enough.

GA: What can we expect from the menu? (Any teasers?)

DS: Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken & Fried Chicken. Some Korean street food (i.e. fried rice cake etc.) and other small eats (i.e. SPAM fries etc.)    

Now, we’re not sure about SPAM fries, but we’re willing to give anything a go once, and we’ve heard they’re very good with a sriracha aioli.

We can expect BanBan to throw open its doors and welcome us late May/early June, and our stomachs can’t wait!

Keep up to date with what’s going on through their Instagram here.



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