It’s Saturday night, you’re finishing up dinner with your mates and you think - “jeez, I’d really like a glass of ‘raz (Shiraz) at a nice lil’ bar to finish this night off”. Well, luckily for you I’ve taken one for the team and done plenty of that kind of research for you.
Here’s our guide to Adelaide CBD’s top ten small bars.
The East End of Adelaide is a real nice time. There’s heaps of restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from, but here’s a couple of our faves.
This loft style bar gives us serious NYC vibes - you won’t find anyone drinking a voddy rasp here. Mr. Goodbar is all about bringing you well made cocktails, amazing local wines and a bloody good range of spirits. Pop in next time you’re on the East side of town.
12 Union Street, Adelaide
If you’re into wine, you’d probably already know that this is the place to go for a good drop. If not, then get your ass into gear and make your way over here for some of the best wines SA and beyond have to offer.
22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
The Howling Owl
Gin drinkers rejoice - this little bar is the perfect place for a chilled beverage with ya mates, featuring a specialty gin menu for all you die-hard juniper berry fans.
10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide
This place is so cool, it doesn’t even have a sign out the front. Unless you knew it was there, you wouldn’t. It doesn’t have a menu, you just tell the bar tender what kind of spirit you like and he’ll come up with something to your taste on the spot. Not into spirits? There’s a good selection of beer and wines to choose from, too.
63 Hyde Street, Adelaide
In my opinion, North-West is best when it comes to small bars. Here’s a couple of the best in the biz.
Neon and nostalgia are aplenty at Cry Baby bar. Nights here start with a game of pool and a side of G&T, before you can no longer find your friends and you’re dancing on a table to Queen. Would recommend for a boogie.
11 Solomon Street, Adelaide
Situated on the ever popular Leigh Street hides Udaberri, a small bar with big personality. Everything here is good, from the music to the vibe and of course, the drinks. Do yourself a favour and try the Gin Mare, it’s a delicious time.
11 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Does anyone else feel like they need to don an oversized trench coat, smoke a cigar and sport the darkest pair of ray bans they can find when they find a secret bar? No, just me? Suzie Wong transports you to those swanky AF prohibition times, with its secret entrance through the wall of ANOTHER bar and its underground basement location. It’s a nice place to have a whisky on the rocks.
22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
South of the CBD is definitely still developing in terms of small bars, but there’s a few you’ve gotta try if you’re close by.
Prohibition Liquor Co.
You may have heard of Prohibition Gin, and you’d be right to think that this is the same team’s tasting room and bar. It’s the first of its kind in the CBD, where you can get yourself a paddle of their signature spirits and a tasty little cheese platter to go with it.
22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide
If you don’t have a spare couple of grand to head to Europe this Summer, take a trip to Bar Torino instead. This small bar on Hutt Street gives off some seriously good Euro vibes, with a range of cocktails and vino to take you to Capri and back.
158 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Five O’Clock Somewhere
If you’re after more of a Sunday session vibe, wine down at Five O’Clock Somewhere. This tiny wine bar is the passion project from a selection of McLaren Vale wine makers, who opened the space as their inner-city cellar door. With a rustic wooden interior, and wine library vibes throughout, this is the perf place to sit back and chill.
101 Gilbert Street, Adelaide
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