When visiting Adelaide, it’s important that you immerse yourself completely into the culture. This involves checking out the hottest bars and sipping on their signature drinks. We’re here to help, with a list of Adelaide’s top bars to see and be seen in. You’re welcome.
A little grungy and very cool, Baddog is the place to be if you’re after great drinks done differently. Cocktails like Smoked Manhattans and Death’s Door Martinis are served over a raw timber and steel bar making this place reminiscent of an old school blues bar with plenty of character. The interior is filled with leather booths and exposed hanging lightbulbs, creating a moody atmosphere perfect for sipping gins and whiskeys all night.
New on the small bar scene, BRKLYN is a classic Brooklyn-style deli, barber shop, DJ studio and bar in one. They serve up classic NYC drinks like a New York Sour and a Cold Drip Negroni alongside local and imported beer and wines. Grab a pastrami sandwich or lobster roll from the deli and a cocktail then prop yourself at a bar table and people watch along bustling Rundle St.
Wurst & Stein
An ode to German beer halls, Wurst & Stein serves local and imported beer from 500ml and 1 litre steins alongside a menu of ‘man food’ – ribs, burgers and hearty meals. The TVs are set to sports channels and the atmosphere is relaxed and never too fancy.
Bank Street Social
An underground stalwart of the Adelaide bar scene, the plush booths and bar stools are never far from full at Bank Street Social. The in-house pizza bar will ensure your cravings are taken care of and a drinks menu focused on Australian craft beers, wines and spirits will quench your thirst. The barrel-aged Negroni is a must try, aged for two months in Barossa-made oak barrels.
Peel St small bars are alive and well and this one is a must for anyone looking for inventive snacks, drinks and atmosphere. With sugar skulls, vibrant murals and hanging foliage, Chihuahua Bar is an homage to Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, all year long! Mexican themed cocktails dominate the list and there are plenty of snacks to match.
2KW Bar & Restaurant
This rooftop bar, eight floors above the North Terrace and King William St, is the perfect spot to watch the sun set. With sleek booths and a beautiful interior, the bar attracts Adelaide’s ‘it’ crowd. The 2KW cocktail is the highlight, with gin, peach liquor, spiced honey and apple syrup, lemon, pear juice and egg white served in a chilled martini glass.