Last updated November 2018
The weekend is just around the corner. So time to slip on the heels and lippy and start planning your weekend party! The last 12 months has seen the opening of so many fantastic new Adelaide bars, so whether you want a quiet couple of after work drinks, a catch up and a dance with friends or a night that would rival Courtney Love at her peak, Glam Adelaide will show you the best new bars in town and where you should head out to any night of the week for a drink or two. If drinks are out of the question but you don’t want to miss out on whats happening around Adelaide, check out our new restaurants guide.
Vardon Avenue has just become a little bit more fabulous with the opening of the El Cheeky Flamingo bar. Located in the former William Bligh location, this sweet little venue has us longing for Summer and warm nights. Think: Miami meets Adelaide, with groovy, neon colours and tunes. With passionate, knowledgable staff and an exciting menu filled with delightful drinks (and bites), you’re bound to have a night out like no other.
Although this pop-up bar doesn’t open until late November, we thought we’d give you a head start on your summer bar-hopping plans. The new Aussie craft beer bar is taking over the space underneath the Festival Centre and will boast great outdoor space with views of Adelaide Oval, the footbridge and the Torrens. Expect to find a huge range of beers, like James Squire, Little Creatures, and White Rabbit Brewery, and don’t worry if you’re not a beer drinker – there will be a whole menu of local South Australian wines. Click here for more info about the upcoming bar. (11/18)
What was once a thriving drinks spot in the city is about to be brought back to life with a new all-day pub and eatery. The formerly after-work drinks staple The Office, the space on the corner of Pirie Street and Wyatt Street, will reopen October 6th as The Golden Wattle. The original gaming room on the corner has been moved. Above the bar will be a mezzanine area with its own bar and pool table, which will be available for functions. Downstairs they’ll also host live music. The all day venue will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and initially open for six days. They’ll be pouring Five Senses Coffee from 7am weekdays to keep all the local office workers happy, and opening the doors a bit later on Saturdays. To read more about the opening of The Golden Wattle click here! (10/18)
The temperature is getting warmer, and the sun is making appearances. All we need now is a cocktail in hand and a breezy beachside spot to settle in for the long summer days. West is the brand new rooftop bar in Henley Beach. The 70-seat venue takes its design cues from some of the older Henley houses, with an art deco feel. An island bar with a giant timber bar top is the focal point, with plenty more timber throughout which is broken up with pops of brass and cosy green banquettes. Giant bi-fold doors completely open up one side of the bar, and a blue slate floor sweeps across the entire venue, creating an outdoor feel no matter where you manage to grab a spot. Read more about this great venue here! (09/18)
248 The Parade, Norwood. If you’re after a little slice of France, but are struggling to find the time and funds to spontaneously jetset off around the world, The Little French Wine Bar has got you covered. The Norwood venue has recently been rebranded, (previously La Vigne), and the space has been given a bit of a makeover to reflect a more authentic, gritty French wine bar. Drinks are exclusively French, from wine and beer to liqueurs, and they’ll have live music weekly. Head there from 5-7pm Thursday, Friday or Saturday during happy hour(s) and you get a free French cheese board when you buy your first bottle of wine! Click here for more information about this great wine bar. (09/18)
Regent Arcade, 110 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. Remodeled and ready to go – Propaganda Club is back with a whole new look and vibe. The moody and intimate space is still incredibly inviting, but now it entices you to stay for a long lunch, an intimate dinner or most importantly, a few drinks with friends. Take your pick!
From 11am to late, Monday through to Sunday, you can either sit in their comfy booths where you can catch up with mates, or perhaps a go on a sneaky date (motorised blinds have been installed for privacy, oo la la). The other side of the bar boasts high tables where you can watch the mixologists do their magic. With $7 pints on tap, great beers that include Pirate Life and newly released Frothy from Matilda Bay, alongside intricate cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Find out more about the exciting remodel here. (09/18)
299 Rundle Street, Adelaide. Sitting quietly on the corner of East Terrace and Rundle Street, The Stag Public House has opened its doors…to the public. Formerly known as The Stag, the venue has undergone a revamp and has been resurrected by neighbouring and renowned NOLA owners – so we’re sure The Stag Public House is in good hands. The bar has all South Australian and Australian products, and is stock full of various beers and locally sourced wines. The space is aimed at being a true blue Aussie pub, so you’ll be able to get a red tin or a Coopers pale, and the alcohol served will be approachable and easy. Click here for a sneak peak and more info. (08/18)
Little Tinnie is the new adorably-named roaming bar. Based out of a custom-made caravan, the retro bar will pop up around around, serving up wine, cocktails and wood-fired dishes. Custom-made in Victoria, the caravan is decked out with wood panelling and pressed tin, with a snazzy black and white external paint job. The bar will be popping up at events, like the Spring Soiree in October, and will also be available to hire for weddings and events. To read more about the unique bar click here. (08/18)
Ten Mile East is an artisan vineyard and winery tucked in a Norton Summit Valley within the cool climate of South Australia’s famed Adelaide Hills. Using estate-grown fruit, owners and winemakers James and Taiita Champniss handcraft very limited batches of unique and incredibly fine wine. Now with Spring in swing, James and Taiita have opened up the cellar door for visitors every weekend and they’ll be having a good ol’ fashioned hills shindig to celebrate. To find out more about the hidden gem click here. (08/18)
Tenancy 3, Ground Floor, 41 Currie Street, Adelaide. Another wine bar has moved onto the Adelaide scene. Each month, The Noble Gentleman will be featuring a wine of the month ensuring only the best is sampled! From what we’ve read this place will quickly become Adelaide’s go-to wine stop. (08/18)
11 Solomon Street, Adelaide. Bar scene native, John Di Pinto brings the world of 80’s rock to today with this cool dive bar that’s settled on Solomon Street. Lots of spirits, beers on tap, potentially some hot dogs and Janis Joplin’s classic on the jukebox. Could we ask for more? (07/18)
18 Peel Street, Adelaide. The clever minds behind Alfred’s have added their second bar to the beloved Peel Street. Malt and Juniper showcase what their name entails – malt whiskey and juniper gin. The sophisticated bar is a timber joinery shrine where you can expect to spend a lot of your time if you’re heading to Peel. Expect single malt whiskey to warm your soul, and fragrant and citrus gin from the talented team. Click here for pictures and more info about this beautiful bar. (06/18)
121 Pirie Street, Adelaide. If you expect to see Pirie & Co when walking down Pirie Street, double check because Old Friend has arrived in all its glory. Bar, restaurant and cafe, Old Friend welcomes you inside with its fresh decor, high-quality dining and carefully curated cocktail selection. (05/18).
52 Semaphore Road, Semaphore. This strip of road leading to the beach is seeing the addition of more awesome new bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. The newest and certainly most unique addition to the strip is Hades Hula House, Adelaide’s first tiki cocktail lounge and restaurant. Think tropical cocktails in tall, carved glasses with ludicrous umbrellas, and you’ve got the general vibe of what a tiki lounge is! (04/18)
201 Rundle St, Adelaide. Top notch wine from two of Adelaide’s best known Hospo humans?! It almost sounds too good to be true. But it’s not. Welcome Hellbound to the Rundle Street crew and get on down for a drink, or seven. (02/18)
12 Union St, Adelaide. From February 10 – March 18 you can immerse yourself in this Cuban themed pop-up bar thanks to Mr. Goodbar! Club Cubano is coinciding with the Adelaide Fringe and is shaping up to be a must-visit drop in point thanks to their massive range of delicious drinks and intoxicating Havana vibes! (02/18)
96 Prospect Rd, Prospect. The amazing team over at Anchovy Bandit have focused their menus (food & drinks) specifically on local produce. The cocktail list isn’t anything you’re used too, owner Oliver Brown says there will be a strong focus on Italian influences – “think modern twists on classics like Bellini and Spritz”! (01/18)
173 Hindley St, Adelaide. Opening this past Australia Day comes Atomic Lounge, located on the ground floor of Enigma Bar. Coming complete with outdoor seating, lounges, pool tables, and playing the best music from the 50s to the 80s, it really is the best place to spend your evenings/ early mornings. Soak up the atmosphere while dancing the night away at this new hot spot in Adelaide! (01/18)
165A King William Road, Hyde Park. The Local Wine Co is a new, innovative and intimate wine bar with a list that speaks for itself. Their popular platters of locally sourced cured meats & hand-crafted cheeses paired with premium wines usually only available by bottle is a true testament to what they bring their customers. (01/18)
144 King William Street, Adelaide. Located in the Adina Apartments the Treasury is the perfect oasis in the middle of the city. The gorgeous courtyard is the place to be, with a pop-up bar and delicious food on offer. (11/17)
55 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide. After being closed for 10 years, we think this counts as new! The masterminds behind Clever Little Tailor, Pink Moon Saloon, and Low & Slow, alongside the chef from Whistle & Flute, have brought new life into this old fave featuring a front bar, beer garden, outside terrace, saloon bar, and bottle shop. (11/17)
Hindmarsh Ergo Apartments, Adelaide. This new city ‘cellar door’ will be offering wine tastings from guest wineries from across our great state in a beautiful, redesigned art space from Thursday to Sunday. First up will be Oliver’s Taranga with a showcase by renowned artist Emma Hack. (11/17)
55a Main Rd, McLaren Flat SA. Opening late last year comes the General Wine Bar & Kitchen, a place that celebrates the best of food and wine. This place brings with it a unique style combining a wine bar, open kitchen, and cellar door experience. McLaren Vale is one of the most gorgeous parts of SA, so if you find yourself that way pop in to give these guys a go. (10/17)
188 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. They brought us our favourite summer bars, Little Miss Mexico, Little Miss Miami, Little Miss Dive Shop, Crab Shack, and Superfish – now the latest chapter of this story is Roxie’s, the gorge garden bar which will be open year round. Hallelujah! (11/17)
Thinking of making a trip up to the hills but scratching your head on where to go? Well, allow us to let you in on this shiny new gem. The Uraidla Brewery has been under construction this year and are almost ready to open the doors to their not-so-little side project. From now on the unique venue will home a brewery, a cafe and bakery all-in-one! And with the decor said to combine industrial chic with a 60s retro look, it’s shaping up to be the perfect place for a weekend lunch. (11/17)
229 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. This latest Port Adelaide gem is a french influenced wine bar, serving wines by the glass and a splatters and cheesey toasties to put a smile on everyone’s dile. With a mission to get people to try more wines they wouldn’t have encountered before, you’ll be leaving feeling extremely educated. (11/17)
If you know of any other new bars that we’ve missed, feel free to drop us a line at [email protected] with your additions. We’d love to check out somewhere new!