Top 10 Pre-Runway Eats and Drinks

The Adelaide Fashion Festival is a festival of style both on and off the runway.

When putting together your street style worthy outfit, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth, so why not make a night of it?

With the AFF Hub at the Torrens Parade Grounds only a short walk away from the heart of the CBD, the choices are endless when it comes to finding a spot for a pre-runway dinner (or post-runway cocktail!). Start with these and you can’t go wrong.

2kW

2kW has a reputation for being the city’s best rooftop spot, and it’s easy to see why! With a delicious collection of cocktails, and curated list of beers and wines (including many SA favourites), sit back and drink in the view, and a cocktail or two. For dinner before your show, you can either dine in the restaurant, or enjoy some small plates out on the balcony. Booths are also available for groups, so you can really make a night of it.

2 King William St (Level 8), Adelaide
Open Monday – Friday 10am – Late
Saturday and Sunday Midday – Late
More info here

Sean’s Kitchen

For a taste of New York, look no further than Sean’s Kitchen, serving up New York-style comfort food in a fine dining setting. It’s rare for diners to look past some of the menu’s greatest hits – the Orgy of Mushrooms, SA Oysters and the Study of Beef to name a few – and offers the perfect spot for a pre-runway dinner, as it’s just a few minutes walk away to the AFF Hub. Try not to order the Mac & Cheese, we dare you…

North Terrace, Adelaide Casino, Adelaide
Lunch and dinner from 11am, 7 days a week
More info here

Collins Bar

Be sure to allow some extra time before an event when you go to Collins Bar; there are so many great options on their cocktail menu you’ll need some time to decide! Nestled in the heart of the city on Victoria Square, watch the world go by with a drink in hand at the Hilton Adelaide’s stylish ground floor bar. For something a bit more, a few steps away is the popular Coal Cellar + Grill if you feel like dining. Best of all, when it’s time to head to the runway, you can step outside and hop on the tram to make your way to the AFF Hub.

233 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Collins Bar
Open Mon – Thurs 4pm – Late
Friday 3pm – Late
Saturday 4pm – Late
Closed Sunday

Coal Cellar + Grill
Lunch Monday – Friday 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner Monday – Sunday from 6pm
More info here

Osteria Oggi

Recently named in The City Awards as Adelaide’s best fine dining, as well as Number 68 in The Australian Financial Review‘s prestigious Top 100 Restaurants list, you might wonder if Osteria Oggi lives up to its reputation. It proceeds it, with some of the best pasta outside of Italy. A table at Oggi is in high demand, but makes for a perfect start to a night out on the town during AFF. Enjoy a plate of their sumptuous pasta, or go all out and let them feed you with their generous share menu.

76 Pirie St, Adelaide 
Open Monday – Saturday from 11.30am – Late
More info here

Africola

Maybe the flavours of Africa are more your style? Renowned chef Duncan Welgemond’s Africola is a must for any foodie, with a menu inspired by African culture and food. It’s a great way to enjoy the city’s East End, and enjoy one of the area’s many bars after dinner for a pre-runway drink. Be sure to book, a table here is highly coveted. After you dine, it’s just a 10 minute walk down to the AFF Hub.

4 East Tce, Adelaide
Open Tuesday – Saturday 6pm – Late
More info here

Mr Goodbar

While you’re in the area, Mr Goodbar is a a blink and you’ll miss it hole in the wall just off Rundle Street. Enjoy smooth tunes and smokey elegance away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy a drink from the collective of cocktails, beers, wines, and gin specialties.  Can we just say as well, it’s stylish setting provides the perfect background for your outfit Instagramming!

12 Union St, Adelaide
Open Wednesday – Saturday 5pm – Late
More info here

Bread & Bone Wood Grill

Burgers and fashion, has there ever been a better combination? While it has a fuller menu including delicious salads and small plates, most who come to Bread & Bone don’t go past one of their burgers. Whether you’re a meat lover or into all things vego, there’s an option for you. Enjoy the atmosphere in the food and wine mecca that is Peel St, and allow enough time to head downstairs for a drink after dinner.

15 Peel St, Adelaide
Open 7 days a week 11.30am – Late
More info here

Maybe Mae

You won’t be blamed for not spotting the entrance to Maybe Mae – it’s tucked away underneath Bread & Bone, but is certainly worth the hunt. Below it’s upstairs sibling, get in a quick drink before you head to the runway, with a hint of luxury. The perfect spot for meeting friends before a night at the AFF, grab a booth and sample from their collective of cocktails and more.

15 Peel St, Adelaide
Open 7 days a week 5pm – Late (6pm on Sundays)
More info here

Shōbōsho

It hasn’t been around for long, but Shōbōsho is quickly becoming a stop on the Adelaide foodie tour. Using ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori, this small but mighty restaurant takes a journey through the many flavours and textures of Japan’s famous cuisine. You might even enjoy a sake with your meal, to get the authentic experience! Nestled into Leigh St’s growing collection of food spots, it’s just a 10 minute walk down to the AFF Hub.

17 Leigh St, Adelaide
Open Tuesday – Sunday from 11.30am
More info here

Pink Moon Saloon

After dinner at Shōbōsho, you’re in prime position for a visit to arguably Adelaide’s smallest bar. Built in a laneway off of a laneway, Pink Moon Saloon is unique in every sense of the word. Combining fresh tap beer, seasonal cocktails and a thoughtful spirit collection, it’s definitely one to explore on a night out.

21 Leigh St, Adelaide
Open Mon – Thurs 4pm – Late
Fri – Sat 4pm – 2am
Sunday 4pm – Late
More info here


For more information on where to go, what to do and where to stay in Adelaide and South Australia, head to southaustralia.com