The Best Places in Adelaide to Get a Drink
From inner-city bars to exploring the region’s famous wineries, Adelaide is full to the brim of places to fill your glass and wind down or party on. Of course, if tea and coffee is more your drink of choice, we’ve also sourced a few terrific cafes for you to enjoy…
1. HENNESSY Rooftop Bar, Mayfair Hotel
As one of Adelaide’s more recent additions, HENNESSY is overflowing in luxury – from its sparkling chandeliers to incredibly fancy house cocktails. Whether you’re planning a girls’ night out or catch up with friends, you won’t be left thirsty as the HENNESSY also serves premium Champagne, wine, beer, and spirits. The chic rooftop bar features an open-air deck which is perfect in spring and summer and provides glorious views of the city.
2. Atlantis Lounge Bar
If you want to impress out-of-towners, pull on your best threads and check out the mermaids at Atlantis Lounge Bar. As the name suggests, it has an underwater theme complete with aquarium, water dancers, champagne fountain and, for good measure, gold plated toilets. It’s pretty new on the scene and still finding its fins, but worth stopping in for a drink and a sticky beak.
3. Gondola Gondola
Located on Peel Street, Gondola Gondola serves up both amazing Japanese food and drink. Delivering Asahi Black on tap as well as Japanese whiskeys, sake, local wines and beer – it’s got the complete package. Did we mention, you can also enjoy a spiked ice tea over dinner?
4. My Kingdom for a Horse
We won’t lie. The name of this funky establishment is part of the attraction. But, the brilliance doesn’t stop there. At My Kingdom for a Horse specialty coffee is their game. All is roasted on site and you can even grab a bag to take home – a perfect gift for tourists to take home. They don’t just stop at coffee, with a wonderful selection of black, green, herbal and detox teas. Plus, if you’re calling in later in the day you can select from their ‘Something Stronger’ or ‘Pick Me Ups’ alcoholic menus.
5. Café Troppo
Strictly for teetotalers, Café Troppo prides itself on nourishing both its customers and the planet. From their lattes to organic teas, juices and cold drinks, everything is made with sustainability in mind. If you’ve come to Adelaide to get a taste of the city – its amazing local produce is here on the menu.
On the wine trail…
6. Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa Valley
A name synonymous with Australian wine, the Barossa Valley is a must-visit for wine lovers and around an hour’s drive north east of the city. To immerse yourself in the history of the region, you need to stop by Seppeltsfield. The Daily Heritage Tour takes just 45 minutes and will give you a sensational ‘behind the scenes look’ at not just the Seppelt’s family history, but also a wider view of the region’s influence on the wine industry. Of course, there are also tasting tours, the cellar door and restaurant to enjoy too.
7. Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley
You can sample some of the best drops the region has to offer at Hentley Farm, which is on the northern side of the Valley. After enjoying a complimentary sip with your dinner, you can spend between $20-800 on taking a bottle back home.
8. Knappstein Enterprise Winery and Brewery, Clare Valley
If Riesling is your favorite drop a day trip to the Clare Valley needs to be on your ‘to do’ list. Knappstein’s is found in the landmark original 19th-century Enterprise Brewery which first made its name through the beer craft. Having now expanded into wines, it boasts four vineyards that deliver some of the best bottles of Riesling and Shiraz.
9. Seed Winehouse and Kitchen, Clare Valley
You may be in wine country but at Seed Winehouse and Kitchen there is more than that on offer. Yes, the wine list is extensive – featuring a large range of Clare Valley-produced Rose, Riesling, and reds (and categorized for the average punter).
But they also have a huge selection of gin, beer, and cider. If you’re venturing out on a hot summer’s day, try a cocktail. They’re so refreshing it’ll make you feel like you’ve plunged into an icy cold pool without getting wet.
10. Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Hills
Still within a short drive from the city, and also brimming with gorgeous vineyards, is the Adelaide Hills. At the Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, you can sip on their signature cool climate premium wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. It prides itself on being one of the few vineyards that continues to hand prune and handpick all of its produce. Be sure to keep an eye out for native wildlife including kangaroos and koalas.