The suburb Bowden is quickly becoming a haven of quirky bars, restaurants and modern living set against the gritty backdrop of its industrial history.
This weekend it’s also going to welcome a new bar-cum-cellar door-cum-winery called Oddio in a 150 year old heritage listed church.
Co-owner Greg Grigoriou says that multi-purpose is about the best way to describe the new location.
The opening party is going to going all weekend and their wines will be available by the glass or the bottle.
Joining the fray is Sunny’s, long time friend of the guys, who are bringing their food truck serving pizzas. There’ll be more treats as well as a heap of beers on tap (Mismatch, Pike and more). A boogie is in order with the guys having DJs entertain during the weekend.
Greg also gave us a rundown of how it all came to be, starting at his relationship with the other half of Oddio, Steven who, like others in the field with small wine labels (and both of them being based in the city) have known each other for close to four years.
From there, the notion of Oddio came to be and the hunt for a location came to fruition in the form of a mid 1800’s heritage Church that had been left to languish for years.
Seemingly a perfect fit with the vibe the guys want visitors to feel when they visit, something unexpected when you think about a cellar door.
The state of the church has mostly been left as it was, with a few reinforcements for safety, so you can definitely see the history of the church in the exposed brick walls and the old stone work.
The church is also what we have to thank for the name Oddio, which translates to ‘oh my God’ in Italian. Both the guys have a history of using Italian grape varietals and with Steve having spent an extensive time there. It seems like the perfect name for the methodist church.
The new spot is definitely different to anything else in Adelaide, from the heritage site to the huge glittering disco ball hanging in the middle of the venue, it’s going to be a mish-mash of cool, modern and historical all at the same time.
Whilst at the moment Oddio will only be open for events and collabs, there are plans for a more permanent occupation. For now though, don’t miss out on their launch this weekend. Oddio will be open from 5pm on Friday and 12pm till late on Saturday and Sunday.
Catch Oddio at 31 Drayton Street Bowden from Friday the 30th.
Friday: 5pm – late
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – late
Feature Image from @oddiobowden instagram.