Adelaide Visitor Guide : 2016 Adelaide Visitor Guide
13 small bars and laneways | southaustralia.com Since the introduction of new state licensing laws in 2013, around 60 small bars have opened across Adelaide. Many of them are clustered around Peel and Leigh streets in the city’s West End, now a hot spot of laneway dining. These funky new bars are popping up in neglected basements and forgotten laneways and taking over unwanted shops and rooftop spaces. New arrivals range from the Lady Burra Brewhouse, Adelaide’s first inner city micro brewery located in Topham Mall, to Mother Vine, a stylish bar serving some of the world’s most exclusive wines in the city’s East End. This new wave of small bars caters for just about every type of urban subculture – from Asian-inspired cocktails and sharing plates at Vietnamese Laundry to the retro vinyl grooves and classic cocktails served up by Thrift Shop, and the authentic sounds and flavours of regional France to be found at La Buvette Drinkery. Other quirky additions to the small bar scene include Ancient World, Austin & Austin, Little Miss Dive Shop, Pirie & Co Social Club, The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, Pink Moon Saloon, Gondola Gondola and the Gypsy Dragon Laneway Bar. Craft beer devotees are well catered for with the likes of Brew & Chew on Hindley Street, serving interesting beers and South American- inspired fare, and the aforementioned Lady Burra Brewhouse, an industrial space serving up handmade beers, brewing demonstrations, hearty food and beer-inspired cocktails. While the small bar revolution is spreading out into suburbs like North Adelaide, Hyde Park, Norwood and Unley, the greatest concentration can be found in the city’s West End. One of the pioneers is Clever Little Tailor, a Parisian-style bar in Peel Street offering a modest selection of food and an excellent wine list. Other Peel Street residents include Kaffana, BarBushka, Maybe Mae, Bread & Bone Wood Grill, La Moka and Chihuahua Bar. You’ll find more small bars just around the corner in Leigh Street, home to the ever-popular Udaberri, a compact wine bar serving Italian- style share plates, and Casablabla, a tapas bar and multicultural dance venue. Finding some of Adelaide’s best small bars, is half the fun. Proof is a good example, tucked away down a laneway on Anster Street (just off Waymouth Street), while Americana- themed establishment, Jack Ruby is located in a basement on King William Street. One of Adelaide’s most sophisticated bars, Hains & Co, can be found on Gilbert Place. Pull out your compass to find this maritime inspired bar. In the East End, the Ebenezer Place and Rundle Street precinct has a number of great new cafés, bars and compact eateries, including NOLA, a craft beer and whisky bar housed in the historic ‘Stables’ off Rundle Street. They carry a range of boutique brews as well as up to 70 Australian and American whiskies. The newly-renovated Stag Hotel serves an extensive range of French bubbles and cocktails in their opulent upstairs Champagne Bar. Botanic Bar, Bar Torino, Mother Vine, The Tasting Room, The Howling Owl, Fumo Blu, Distill, Street ADL and the much-loved Belgian Beer Café are all within walking distance and also worth a visit. For something a little swankier head to Electra House, a three-storey culinary experience on King William Street. Adelaide’s most exclusive rooftop bar, 2KW Bar and Restaurant on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace is a shimmering outdoor space offering panoramic city views, an edgy drinks menu, delicious regional food and a sophisticated party vibe, or The Collins Bar, a contemporary cocktail bar located at Victoria Square.