Your Night By Night Guide To Adelaide’s Bar Scene

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How annoying is it when you and your mates just want to go out for a few bevvies, dance a little and have some fun—but you don’t exactly know where to go because it’s a Tuesday?

Everything is always pumping on weekend nights, but for those of us who work on the weekends, going out for tequila shots is only possible during the week.

We know a few places go into hibernation during winter, but since Spring has basically sprung again, we’ll be seeing more venues hosting fun-filled nights! In the meantime, here’s your quick and easy guide on where to go to get down and boogie during the week.

Mondays

Belgium Beer Cafe: Mussel Mondays
27-29 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Half price mussels! A 1kg pout for only $17.50.

The Highway: Mamma Mia Mondays
290 Anzac Highway, Plympton South Australia 5038
$12 pizzas all day and kids drink free!

The Cumberland Hotel: Free Pool Night
205 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Open every Monday from 5pm, plus $15 jugs of tap beer and cider.

The Warradale Hotel: Steak and Pint Night
234 Diagonal Road, Warradale, South Australia 5046
This is actually available everyday, so any time you’re craving a steak and beer, you can head to the Warradale. Chargrilled rump steak cooked to your specification, along with your choice of gravy, mushroom, diane or pepper sauce. Pair it with a pint of Coopers Pale and you’re set.

Tuesdays

The Crown and Anchor: Cranker Tuesdays
196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Live Cranker Comedy night—plus DJs in the front bar! Entry to the comedy act is via donation.
$5 pints and $5 vodkas from 9pm to Midnight.

The Goody: Open Mic Night
75 Goodwood Road, Goodwood South Australia 5063
Every Tuesday Night The Goody welcomes the local music community to share their skills for their brand new Open Mic Night. It’s hosted by the one and only Marcus Toop, with lots of prizes to be won. Kicking off from 7pm, every performer receives a free drink card!

The Edinburgh Castle and Cellars: Tuesday Night Specials
1-7 High Street, Mitcham, South Australia 5062
Tuesday night drink specials from 7pm. $5 House Spirits plus $12 Coopers Pale Ale jugs and $12 Somersby Apple Cider jugs. Plus a DJ from 8:30pm!

The Highway: Table Tennis Tuesdays
290 Anzac Highway, Plympton South Australia 5038
Every Tuesday night get down to the HWY and play a bit of table tennis while sipping on a cold one.

The Queens Head Hotel: Burger Tuesdays
117 Kermode Street, North Adelaide South Australia 5006
$15 burgers at the Queen’s Head Hotel! Choose from Peri Peri Chicken, Falafel, Double Beef and Cheese, or Crispy Soft Shell Crab—uh, yum!

Wednesdays

Sugar Nightclub: Mixed Tape Wednesdays
Level 1, 274 Rundle Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
With a 9pm kick off (open until 4am), this is your weekly soul, R&B, and hip-hop party go-to. $3 champagne, $5 base spirits, $ West End, $5 fresh pussy, $10 Henny and more all before midnight.

The Grand Bar: Grand Quiz Night
Moseley Square, Glenelg, South Australia 5045
Quiz Meisters Trivia presents the best weekly quiz in the Bay every Wednesday from 7pm! Win jugs of beers, bar vouchers and respect. Free to play! Teams up to ten people—but get there early for a good table.

The Highway: Live and Local
290 Anzac Highway, Plympton South Australia 5038
Every Wednesday night the HWY presents local acoustic artists showcasing the amazing talent we have in South Australia.

Roxies: Roxie’s Wednesday Nights
188 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Open every Wednesday, 5pm to 10pm for pres, then head to one of the many pubs or bars located nearby.
$3 schooners and $10 pizzas will make your night. Cheap beers and eats all round, plus DJs are located in the garden!

The Crown and Anchor
196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
$3 schooners from 8pm to 11pm every Wednesday, plus live music in the band room.

Casablabla: Salsa Wednesdays
12 Leigh Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Get there from about 8pm onwards for a warm up. Even if you don’t dance, the atmosphere is great and someone will surely grab your hand and teach you those sweet Spanish moves!

Thursdays

The Havelock Hotel: Henry’s Thursdays
162 Hutt Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Kick off at 9:00pm, open til late. $10 Henry’s Cocktails, $8 SA Gins plus $4 schooners, $5 house wine $6 vodka til close.

HQ Complex: Probs Shouldn’t Thursdays
149 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Cheap drinks, free entry, DJs til late. $3 West End all night, $4 vodkas, $5 fireball, and $5 espresso martinis until midnight. “Sounds like: When you’re in charge of the aux after putting away a few tins and can’t decide whether you want to play Cosmo’s Midnight, DMA’s or Drake.”

The Colonist Tavern: Live Music
44 The Parade, Norwood, South Australia 5067
Live music from talented local artists every Thursday and Sunday night! Check out their site for the rolling list of awesome live performances that are upcoming.

The Goody: Pub Quiz Night
75 Goodwood Road, Goodwood South Australia 5063
Every Thursday night, join the fun of their weekly ‘Pub Quiz’ hosted by Skip from Quiz Meisters trivia! It’s free to play from 7pm with great prizes and weekly ‘jillpots’.

The Queens Head Hotel: Date Night!
117 Kermode Street, North Adelaide South Australia 5006
Pizza or an Antipasto platter for two, plus a cocktail jug to share! Every Thursday for lunch 12pm to 2:30pm, or dinner 5pm to 9pm. Call 82671139 to book!

The Edinburgh Castle and Cellars: Crafty Thursdays
1-7 High Street, Mitcham, South Australia 5062
The Ed goes off on a Thursday. There’s people everywhere and there’s drink specials and happy hour too.
Alternating all day specials – they vary week to week, it’s best to check with bar staff for what they are.

Saracens: Sarries Thursdays
82 Carrington Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
$5 pints and $5 spirits, plus a DJ—but get there before 9pm to avoid the line up.

The Highway: Funky Thursdays
290 Anzac Highway, Plympton South Australia 5038
Thursday night’s the HWY gets you grooving with their DJ’s playing upbeat funky music to get you in the mood for the weekend. While you’re there, enjoy a winter cocktail, a craft beer or a glass of wine from their extensive list and make the night complete!

West Oak: Westy Thursdays
208 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Starting from 8pm, you can grab $4 schooies, $5 spirits, and $3 shandies.

Fridays

Saracens: Saracens Live Fridays
82 Carrington Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
From 6pm til late, Sarries has live music, drink specials and is all ready to get you pumped for the weekend.

The Queens Head Hotel: Wings Friday
17 Kermode Street, North Adelaide South Australia 5006
$2 wings all day, plus two hour happy hour from 5pm to 7pm.

The Goody: DTF (Down To Friday)
75 Goodwood Road, Goodwood South Australia 5063
Friday nights after work, wind down after a long week with three of the happiest hours of the week with $4 pints from 4pm, $5 pints from 5pm, $6 pints from 6pm. Stick around for $10 cocktails from 7pm and DJs playing funky tunes from 7.30pm til late.

The Cumberland Hotel: $10.00 Espresso Martinis
205 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Every Friday from 5pm! Plus all day Sunday.

The Warradale Hotel: Heaps Good Fridays
234 Diagonal Road, Warradale, South Australia 5046
From 5pm, head to the Warradale for 2 for 1 wines—Wirra Wirra, Ah Savvy, Church Block and Mrs. Wigley Rose. $10 Asahi SuperDry, $10 Furphy Handles, and 2 for 1 Tanqueray Gin.

The Moseley: Off The Record Fridays
11 Moseley Square, Glenelg South Australia 5045
Kicking off from 6pm, their favourite DJ’s and special guests will ensure your weekend is off to a fantastic start with classic soul and funk records right through to house music.

The Unley: Live Music Fridays
Relax and be entertained—eat, drink and listen to acoustic music at The Unley. Happy hour all day—all pints only $6.70! $10 off bottles of wine (excluding house), $11 chef’s choice pizzas, plus all day dining options available.

The Edinburgh Castle and Cellars: Heinekin Fridays
1-7 High Street, Mitcham, South Australia 5062
$7 Heinekins all day Friday, plus live acoustic from 8pm.

The Grand Bar: Friday Night Duo
Moseley Square, Glenelg, South Australia 5045
Kick start your weekend with live music! Acoustic duos, live from 6pm until 9pm. Selected pints and wine only $7.50 all day!

Zhivagos: RnB FriGays
54 Currie Street Basement, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Leave the boys at home! A night for anyone who identifies as female/non-binary to dance in an all inclusive space with their pals. $10 entry, plus drink specials.

 

If you’ve got any tips on the best places to visit during the week or you think we’ve forgotten any awesome venues, get in touch via [email protected] We appreciate any assistance in keeping Adelaideans informed and up to date.

So bookmark this guide, because we’re always updating them as we go!

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