Jane’s Favourite Spots in Adelaide for a Cheeky Drink
In Adelaide, it seems like just about every week we’re blessed with a cool new drinks spot. Years ago, we were absolutely starved for a “cute” place to go for a drink – now we’ve got somewhere new to go every catch-up. Whether it be a cheeky after-work drink, a lazy-Sunday-in-the-sun session or a catch up with the girls, there’s always somewhere fun to go in Adelaide.
Our Favourite Spots in Adelaide for a Cheeky Drink
Even though there’s always somewhere new to go, it doesn’t mean we forget our favourite spots. Now, Emily Jane and I love a cheeky drink, so we’ve done our due diligence. We’ve put together a collection of our favourite watering holes, some old faithfuls and some new haunts.
Hula Hoop – Kensington Rd, Kensington Park
Hula Hoop is one of my favourite places in Adelaide (duh Caity, that’s what this article is all about!) but seriously, I love it here. Nestled around The Regal Theatre on Kensington Road, Hula Hoop is a little suburban oasis. With plenty of parking options (YAY), it’s almost too easy to just pop in for a wine and some delicious tapas. If you’re going there when the weather is good (which I highly recommend) you can sit out on the lawns and soak up the sun. Absolute bliss.
Prohibition Gin Bar – Gilbert St, Adelaide
Love your gin? This is the spot for you. Just getting into gin? This place is for you. Want to start liking gin but hated everything you’ve tried? Yep, this is still the place for you. Not only does Prohibition have an insane range of gins, they know their stuff. From expert level gin drinkers to complete novices, they’ve got something they know you’ll love – not to mention some insanely delicious cocktails and nibbles on the menu.
Leigh Street Wine Room – Leigh St, Adelaide
One of the new kids on the block, Leigh Street Wine Room is here to up your wine game. If you’re looking for a place that’s going to make you feel chic as hell, you’ve come to the right place. If you find yourself always ordering the same bottle (or glass, I guess) of wine off the menu, Leigh Street Wine Room’s Liinaa Berry Head Sommelier is here to shake things up. This girl knows her stuff and will make sure you find something you LOVE.
Paloma Bar and Pantry – Peel St, Adelaide
Remember that place that used to be the seedy Chihuahua Bar? She’s had a makeover, and damn does she look amazing. As soon as my girlfriends and I walked in we couldn’t believe this was the same place we used to slam down tequila shots. The interiors are absolutely gorgeous, there’s a dazzling atmosphere and they have the wine list to back it up. Like many of the bars on Peel St, Paloma is quite small, so keep that in mind if you’ve got a big group.
East End Cellars – Vardon Ave, Adelaide
Sitting with a glass of wine and a cheese board, while people watching may as well be Jane’s favourite thing – East End Cellars is practically nirvana for this. Tucked behind Rundle St, Ebenezer Pl and Vardon Ave come alive, littered with an electric bar and restaurant scene. As much as we love East End Cellars, make sure you watch out for sneaky corkage. The drinks menu is only by the glass, if you want a bottle, you jump to the cellar and purchase. But, if you want to drink it there (because let’s face it, who wouldn’t?) you’ll be slogged with $15 corkage.
Sparkke at the Whitmore – Whitmore Square, Adelaide
The 180-Year-Old Whitmore hotel has been transformed into one of Adelaide’s coolest spots. Run by a group of incredible women, Sparkke at the Whitmore is now the official home of the socially conscious beer brand Sparkke, launched in 2016. Beyond the completely unique vibe, there’s an insanely delicious menu and drinks list. This is definitely a place you’ll want to stay for lunch or dinner.
The Ed – High St, Mitcham
The Ed will always hold a special place in our hearts. For the Janes, it’s seen engagement parties, surprise weddings, 80th birthdays, hungover Sunday sessions and everything in-between. The Ed’s beer garden is legendary, it’s practically impossible not to be at peace there – especially when they’ve got some live music going on.
Captain Moonlight’s Garden Party – Magill Rd, Stepney
Open only until January 2020, Captain Moonlight’s is such a fun spot for a cheeky drink. Set up in the beer garden of The Maid you’ll find this garden party filled with wine, cocktails and delicious platters. They’ve got fun events happening all through December and reservations are welcome for groups of more than 6 people.
Ferg’s – Union St, Stepney
Tucked away in the ‘burbs, you could be forgiven for driving straight past this cheeky little hideaway. But now you know about it, you’ll never drive past it again. The guys at Ferg’s love their wine and will introduce you to something delicious you’ve never tried before. For a small space, it has a cozy vibe without being squishy which is awesome. Head in for a platter and a pinot – best for smaller groups or a cute date night.
Little Bang Brewery – Henry St, Stepney
Now, the Janes are typically known as wine drinkers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy an ice-cold beer every now and then. Little Bang isn’t your average “beer garden”, it’s full of wacky and wonderful beers you never knew existed – you’ll want to try them all. And what’s better, they’re also child and dog-friendly so the whole family, including your fur-baby, can come and have a brewski with you.
Little Shoo – The Esplanade, Henley Beach
Imagine sitting on a gorgeous balcony, watching the sunset with a glass of chilled bubbles in your hand. Imagine no longer, Little Shoo is here to make your daydreams a reality. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an extensive wine list, this is your Summer oasis. If you want to be a part of the party, we recommend booking as it can get quite busy, and the balcony books out fast.
Do you have a go-to spot in Adelaide to go for a cheeky drink with the girls? Let us know in the comments below or share with The Jane Community over on the Ask My Friend Jane Facebook Group.