We’ve brought you top places to eat, drink and socialise in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Today we’re taking a tour around Adelaide, where we’ve located some great places that suit a range of social situations, whether you want a big night out or a cosy, intimate date.
For a drink: THE APOTHECARY 1878 WINE BAR & RESTAURANT
Love a good vino? Then you must make your way to The Apothecary 1878 Wine Bar & Restaurant, which has an award-winning wine list that runs for 24 pages! It’s located in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD but makes you feel like you’re in a wine bar in Europe, with its antique-style furniture, bottle-stocked cabinets and dark, moody lighting. Different rooms work well for a variety of functions. Food is available to complement the wines, but really, it’s all about the drinks!
The Apothecary 1878 Wine Bar & Restaurant, 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide, (08) 8212 9099.
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For a chance of celebrity spotting: LA TRATTORIA
Most people enjoy good, hearty Italian food, right? If Italian is your cuisine of choice, then you should make a trip to La Trattoria part of your agenda. For pizza lovers the restaurant is a bonus as it boasts generations of award-winning pizza makers. The flavours are traditional but the taste is delicious — if you want to combine pizza and seafood, order Andy’s Marinara Fresh Seafood pizza, which won the Best Gourmet Pizza competition in New York! La Trattoria has also served stars such as Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi, Eric Bana and Michael Hutchinson — and if you’re anything like us, you’re willing to try something that has a celebrity’s seal of approval!
La Trattoria, 346 King William Street, Adelaide, (08) 8212 3327.
For great seafood: BLANC BISTRO AND GRILL
You can’t make an Adelaide stop without sampling some of its seafood! If you want to make sure you’re eating the best fresh produce from South Australia, it may as well be from an award-winning establishment like Blanc Bistro and Grill. Run by brothers Norman and Sam Thanakamonnun, the menu’s specialties include freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters and a Blanc Deluxe Seafood Tower for Two that gives seafood lovers a huge cold platter of delicacies from the ocean. Meat dishes and desserts are also available, as well as an extensive wine list to complement your meal.
Blanc Bistro and Grill, Shop 31/81 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, (08) 8361 8988.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth: CHOCOLATE BEAN
Want to feel like you’ve died and gone to chocolate heaven? Make sure Chocolate Beach is one of the stops on your Adelaide tour because, put simply, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream. The menu features a lot of your standard cocoa-based dishes and drinks, like hot chocolate, tarts and mousses, but the most exciting things are the creative, inspired desserts — Chocolate Filth includes a large slice of Death by Chocolate cake as well as white and dark chocolate soup presented in shot glasses! We dare any chocoholic to get through that one! And don’t worry if you can’t handle too much sugar — savoury dishes are also available.
Chocolate Bean, 18 Union Street, East End, Adelaide, (08) 8359 3399.
For a night out: SUGAR
Are we biased because we share a name with this club? Maybe. Located in Adelaide’s East End, Sugar features an eclectic mix of music, with different DJs for each week night (yep, it’s open seven days!). The well-stocked bar means they can fulfil pretty much any drink order, while fun cocktails and crazy shots also round out the drinks menu. Heaps of mirrors give the club a spacious feel, while leather booths let you cosy up to your friends. The best thing about Sugar is that it’s a place where you can continue partying when all the other bars have closed for the night.
Sugar, Level 1, 274 Rundle Street, Adelaide, (08) 8223 6160.
For a date or a late night coffee: THE ELEPHANT WALK CAFE
One of Adelaide’s best-kept secrets (well, maybe not anymore), the Elephant Walk Cafe is perfect for some getting-to-know-you time, or a great way to end the day if you’ve still got room for coffee or tea and some dessert. It has an exotic ambiance (interesting trinkets and bamboo screens divide the cosy seating arrangements) and moody lighting that makes enjoying a sweet treat and a hot beverage more than just your regular cafe experience. Recommendations from the menu are the sticky date pudding and banana split, perfectly complemented by a coffee or tea from around the world!
The Elephant Walk Cafe, 76 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, (08) 8267 2006.