Explore Adelaide’s Small Bar Scene

Indulge in Adelaide’s small bar scene in hidden laneways and quirky side streets. Hip little bars serve boutique wines, locally distilled liquors and flavoursome cocktails with quirky decor and vibrant sounds.


Level 8, 2 King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Watch the sun set from Adelaide’s premier roof top bar, with chill beats and good eats. Very cosmopolitan with a great central location, stay for the cocktails or move on to the restaurant.

Bank Street Social 

28 Bank Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Serving South Australian craft beer and wine, BSS is a funky little venue that is underground – not to e confused with an underground venue! The in-house pizza bar serves up regionally-inspired rustic pizza featuring fresh local ingredients from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Riverland and the Adelaide Hills. Great DJs spinning funk, soul and disco,


260a Rundle Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Hidden upstairs on Rundle Street, you’ll find this bar set up as a Brooklyn-themed street complete with with a barber shop and New York style deli. Bringing an anuthentic Big Apple feel, BRKLYN adds its own flair to the CBD with craft beers, lagers, cocktails and an exclusively local wine list. This place also houses the SoundPond studio. Well worth a visit!

Botanic Bar

Corner of North and East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Plush armchairs line this east-end bar on East Terrace, which is decorated in a quirky but tasteful design. Head here for a cocktail or two after dinner on Rundle Street.

Cantina Sociale

180 Sturt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

This wine bar offers customers with authentic, one-off wines that are not available in any stores, wine lists or bars. Cantina Sociale, located on Sturt Street, is a place for wine lovers to socialise while enjoying truly unique wines poured straight from the barrel.

Clever Little Tailor

19 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Clever Little Tailor is an intimate bar found on Peel Street with an old school feel, matched with an impressive beverage list. Elements of the original vintage store have been kept, including the exposed beams which you’ll be swinging off after a couple of cocktails on a Friday night.


30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000

A great NYC style rooftop bar – come for the art, stay for the drinks and order some sliders. Great vibe and atmosphere.

Hains & Co

23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide SA 5000

Extremely knowledgeable bar staff, with a huge selection of spirits. The interior has been hand crafted with wooden Venetian speedboats in mind by the owner. Known for its gin and rum.


25 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000

With the small bar scene, so too has come an array of European flavours, with Kaffana offering a Serbian-style small bar experience on Peel Street. Kaffana serves 27 varieties of the traditional Serbian plum brandy slivovitz and six types of Serbian beer.

La Boheme

36 Grote Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Adelaide’s only true cabaret bar with the ambiance of a true turn of the century Parisian Salon de Cocktail. See everything here, from burlesque to album launches whilst sipping on cute cocktails and being wrapped in swathes of red velvet.

La Buvette

27 Gresham Street, Adelaide SA 5000

This little wine and aperitif bar features specialty French bites, and is especially good for reminiscing of small bar eating and drinking experiences in France. Good to start or end a night.

Maybe Mae

25 Peel Street, Adelaide SA 5000

A true speakeasy, this place is a little hard to find. Go through a hidden door at the bottom of Bread & Bone to find this underground bar with leather booths, old school music, and bartenders who are easy on the eye

Pink Moon Saloon

21 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000

A top local favourite, this whimsical ski chalet-esque venue has been nominated for a hospitality design award, and named Australia’s Bar of the Year in 2016. Need we say more?


9a Anster Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Proof is tucked down Anster Lane, off Waymouth Street, and offers an intimate setting both upstairs and downstairs. There’s also an upstairs patio, large wine list and tasty bar snacks plus toasted sandwiches!


11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000

With exposed beams, dim lighting and a pintxos menu that will rival that of any small bar in San Sebastian, Udaberri in Leigh Street guarantees a good night out. A large selection of local and imported wines, beers and spirits are on the menu, as well as a cocktail list including their famous Espresso Martini.

The Apothecary 1878

118 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000

With 138-year old apothecary cabinets adorning the front bar, this heritage-listed venue harkens back to 19th century Paris. Antique chaise lounges, rich velvet carpet, imported chandeliers and tumbled marble floor tiles create a sumptuous backdrop for some 1200 wines in the restaurant. Some say this is the finest wine bar in Adelaide, boasting the best collection of French Champagnes.

The Collins Bar

233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

A contemporary cocktail bar, The Collins Bar at the Hilton Adelaide won’t disappoint – even though it is a hotel lobby bar! Large drinks selection and cocktails en vogue. Get some Coffin Bay oysters or truffle oil fries to snack on whilst people watching.

The Howling Owl

10 Vaughan Pl, Adelaide SA 5000

100% locally sourced menu with a range of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan snacks. Discover 70+ small batch gins from around the world, including our own Kangaroo Island gins infused with native botanicals and garnished with a hand-picked selection of spices, fruits and herbs.

Thrift Shop Bar

Waymouth Place, Adelaide SA 5000

A very cool little venue tucked away from the main, with mismatched furniture, stacks of suitcases and loads of ambience. The cocktail list boasts all Australian craft spirits, and houses the best collection of South Australian gins on offer. Very creative mixology and highly recommended, if you can find it.