Culture-rich Adelaide is a funky playground with a booming bar scene, from small laneway hidey-holes to swish rooftop bars. Whether you want a speakeasy cocktail bar or somewhere with sunset skyline views, we’ve got you covered.
These are the top bars in the city you need to swing by for one. Or maybe two. Probably three.
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This quaint little laneway bar operates like a library, with a book exchange system in place as well as an extensive spirits range. Basically, it’s like a sophisticated reading room that serves superb booze.
There’s signature book inspired cocktails from all the classics, including a strawberry infused bourbon ‘Lolita’ and a Harry Potter butterbeer.
If you’re looking for a benchmark bar in this town you’ve found – it eight floors above the ground you can sip on boutique cocktails and look out at the sun setting on Adelaide’s skyline. This is the sort of place you’ll want to hang out in all day long.
Named after the German fairy tale, this unique space is more like a fairy tale for grown ups, with classy interiors and top notch whiskies and cocktails. Otherwise known as CLT by the locals who love it, you can also sip on a glass or two of wine from a regularly changing list.
This nautical themed dive bar specialises in gin and rum – there’s more than 25 of each on the drinks list. In true pirate style you can even get cigars to match your drink, from Cuba, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Enjoy them on the front deck with a Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
Udaberri is a veteran of the city’s bar scene and is still going strong. The small Spanish-inspired bar off Hindley Street excels in tapas, wine and sherries, as well as having stellar music and decor.
This sleek 5-star hotel bar on level 13 has stunning city views, ambient tunes and premium cocktails. A marble bar, chandeliers and swanky roof deck makes this a great date night spot. Dress to impress.
7. Maybe Mae
Maybe May is a world-class speakeasy with a fun Adelaidean vibe – sophisticated but down-to-earth. It’s not the easiest to find, but we’ll give you a hint: it’s behind the timber-clad wall, with no door handle.