By Renee Lambi
Whether it’s your first date or your hundredth, a good venue can always make or break your time together.
Lucky for us, we are spoilt for choice in Adelaide, with a plethora of options if we want a drink, a slight nibble or a full-blown feast.
So, where should you and your lucky other head for your next date night?
Alfred’s Bar (14 Peel Street, Adelaide)
Located in the heart of Peel Street, this small bar specialises in cultivating a cosy environment. Either snag a spot on the mezzanine in one of their booths, or inside in the bar area. It’s an intimate space, though you’ll have others around you, so you won’t feel closed off. If you’re more of a people watcher, take up residence at one of their outdoor tables, which is perfect with the warmer weather.
Malt and Juniper (18 Peel Street, Adelaide)
Just a couple of doors down, is Alfred’s younger sister, Malt and Juniper. As the name suggests, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their extensive list of local and imported gin and whiskey. Though, if that’s not your thing, their cocktail list is also impressive. You’ll want to settle in for the night here, as you’re treated to table service at your own booth, either at ground level or on their mezzanine. Intimacy is guaranteed here, and the art deco/London library styling is a treat.
Hennessy Rooftop (Level 13, 45 King William Street Adelaide)
For a top-notch view of the Adelaide skyline, the bar at the top of the Mayfair is a must. Again, an extensive gin and cocktail list is promised here, and you’ll forget you’re in Adelaide, just for a moment. You can either take a seat on the terrace to enjoy some crisp night air, or in their small lounge area, enrobed by chandelier light. Either way, the opulence of this venue is the perfect backdrop for a modern romance.
Sunny’s Pizza (17 Solomon Street, Adelaide)
Hidden in an otherwise nondescript laneway, this hidden gem boasts a delicious feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds. The lighting is perfect and you’ll either have your own booth, or be sat closely at the bar. With traditional favourites and more exotic choices, this menu has an option for everyone. Share a pizza and some sides, and you won’t leave hungry. Though, really, there is always room for dessert!
Hotel Longtime (110 Grote Street Adelaide)
While you won’t be guaranteed an intimate seating spot, this CBD gastro-pub is a must try. Asian fusion fare will be served with a modern twist. Whether you’re only looking for a light bite or a heartier feast, this designed to share menu has all the options. This venue is so unique and aesthetic, you won’t be blamed for wanting to capture the moment with some happy snaps.
Anchovy Bandit (96 Prospect Road, Prospect)
Yes, this is another pizza bar, but this suburban venue is a perfect city alternative. Its small and intimate atmosphere makes it a perfect choice, whether for a first or a tenth date. Either sit at the bar and sip on one of their bespoke cocktail creations or share a wood-oven pizza – or both! A simple yet delicious menu. Either stay and sip on cocktails into the night, catch a movie at the Palace cinema or cap off dinner with a visit to neighbour 50sixone.