What to do in Adelaide at night.
When it’s late but you’re just warming up, Adelaide’s night life shines. Whether you’re looking for a cosy nook at a late night bar or somewhere to throw down your handbag and dance, there’s an Adelaide venue with a great playlist to suit.
A rooftop bar is great way to see the city and be social. 2KW
on King William Street is open from 12pm until late and brings a Mediterranean oasis to Adelaide with views across the city and out to sea. The wine list is strong and showcases the local wine regions including The Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The Gin and Whiskey selection is also worth a second look but a rooftop view really begs for a zesty cocktail. Order the 2KW
gin signature with a twist or the Adelaide Show
for a softer, fruity affair. All the cocktails on the list showcase the very best of South Australia, with local produce incorporated in each concoction.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can select charcuterie from the Barossa region, a selection of cheeses direct from Cheese Culture or choose from a range of nibbles. There’s also a restaurant with a selection of gorgeous dishes made to share, alternatively you can let the Chef decide so all your need to think about is soaking up the view.
If you’ve been to Sunny’s Pizza and you’re ready for a good time and a wide selection of colourful (and often flaming) drinks, then 1000 Island is right next door. Unashamedly bold and brash, this bar is all about being loud and proud and having a great time with friends. It’s dimly lit and decorated in bright splashes of colour and features a variety of textiles. Order a Pina Colada or a Daiquiri and enjoy the music and atmosphere in this backstreet Adelaide bar.
Another Hindley Street favourite Stem
is a bar and a restaurant so you can plan to eat here and slide across for drinks at the concrete bar when you’re done. The food is largely Mediterranean style, plus there’s a glowing pizza oven churning out bubbling cheesy goodness. The space is sprawling but cleverly designed with planter boxes and greenery to make you feel the intimacy of a cosy bar setting. Grab yourself a table, your favourite drink and soak up the buzzy atmosphere.
Step back in time with a visit to the Guardsman
which occupies an old Adelaide Railway Station. Pick your booth or stand at your high table near the bar and enjoy a selection of Adelaide’s finest wine and beer produce. Like so many Adelaide bars, you can order great food here too that will definitely satisfy. Enjoy a spiced lamb curry or go traditional with pork and fennel sausage and mash, either way the food here is filling, hearty and wholesome. We’re sure you’ll hear a story or two with so much history about the place, so grab your pint and settle in for an evening of old world charm and good old fashioned fun.
If you are done with the bar scene and ready for an Adelaide nightclub experience, Fat Controller is sure to deliver. Situated on the corner of Bank Street and North Terrace, this gritty club offers several bars, seated areas and dedicated space for entertainment.
Its interior is dark and industrial with the red neon face of the Fat Controller beaming out across the floor. Local musicians and entertainers are supported here so you might want to plan your trip specially to see a local headline show.