There's something going on every evening in Adelaide, although clubs are especially packed on weekends. Cover charges vary according to the night and time of entry. Nightlife for the coming week is listed in Hit, a pull-out section of Thursday's edition of the Advertiser. is an online music-and-club publication aimed at the younger market.

Bars along Rundle Street, the west end of Hindley Street, and Gouger Street are trendy, while Hindley and Waymouth streets are lined with traditional pubs. North Adelaide's O'Connell Street buzzes every night, and the popular Sunday-evening beer-and-banter sessions really pack in the crowds. There are also a number of vibrant pubs on The Parade at Norwood and the Glenelg precinct, especially popular on a Sunday afternoon in the sun.

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  • 1. Clever Little Tailor

    City Center

    Adelaide has a fascination with small bars and hole-in-the-wall-style venues, and the Clever Little Tailor was one of the city's first. Named after a German fairy tale, the warmth of this place is undeniable. The bar staff is welcoming and helpful and the venue is cozy and charming with its contemporary interior, exposed red bricks, and hanging ferns. The cocktails are delicious, too, and the boutique wine and beer list is impressive. Plus, the music is soft enough to chat to your heart's content.

    19 Peel St., Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia
  • 2. Exeter Hotel

    City Center

    For generations the front bar of this classic pub has welcomed everyone from students downing beers to businesspeople taking advantage of the surprisingly good wine list, and when the sun is out it’s nigh impossible to get one of the outside tables. Local DJs and bands still regularly play here and if you’re passing by at lunchtime, the steak sandwich is one of Adelaide’s best value lunches.

    246 Rundle St.
    - 08 - 8223--2623
  • 3. Austral Hotel

    City Center

    From the outside, the historic lead light glass catches your eye, telling you that this is a place that's stood the test of time. The first bar in South Australia to put Coopers beer on tap, the Austral is a local favorite and a great place to drink outdoors. You can down shooters or sip cocktails from a long list while listening to a band play or a DJ spin groovy tunes.

    205 Rundle St.
    - 08 - 8223–4660
  • 4. Bar Torino

    City Center

    The children of the owners of Chianti, a mainstay Italian restaurant in Adelaide, opened up one of the city's coolest places to hang out and enjoy great cocktails, wine, and beer (right next door to their parents' restaurant, where you may want to have dinner after a drink here). Banquettes and exposed brick walls add sophisticated touches to the chic atmosphere. Don't miss the house vermouth, which features in many of the cocktails. There are more than 20 variations on the classic gin and tonic here, as well as some interesting fortified wines. Small bites include burrata and kingfish crudo and there’s a strong Italian influence in the heartier mains.

    158 Hutt St.
    - 08 - 8155–6010
  • 5. Botanic Bar

    City Center

    One of the oldest pubs in Adelaide, Botanic Bar has had a resurgence recently but holds onto its history thanks to nice details like branded boxes of matches. There's a well-stocked cocktail bar and an intimate back bar that features local beers. The kitchen of the attached restaurant, Golden Boy, serves high-quality Thai street food.

    309 North Terr.
    - 08 - 8227–0799

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
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  • 6. Casablabla

    City Center

    Here you can enjoy live music ranging from Mexican mariachi bands to Samba drummers, every night at 7:45 and 8:45 pm. The bar is located on trendy Leigh Street, the first of Adelaide's laneways to be rejuvenated. The atmosphere and live entertainment lineup is as unique as the contemporary fusion of South East Asian and Middle Eastern decor. Wednesday night is live Latin night with free salsa lessons. A mild-mannered restaurant by day, it's a pumping club by night.

    12 Leigh St.
    - 08 - 8231–3939

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    Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.
  • 7. East End Cellars

    City Center

    With a selection measuring in the thousands and a climate-controlled “vault” of sought-after unicorn wines, this is one of Adelaide’s best wine shops. The staff are highly knowledgeable and for a A$15 fee will open any of the bottles for you to enjoy on-site. On Friday evening, local winemakers stop by to personally pour some of their bottles and share the stories behind them, and during the annual Fringe Festival the entire laneway turns into a giant party. 

    25 Vardon Ave.
    - 08 - 8232--5300
  • 8. Grace Emily Hotel

    City Center

    A classic old-school pub, bartenders spout the mantra "no pokies, no TAB, no food"—pokies are the poker machines found in many pubs, and TAB, Australia's version of OTB, lets you place bets on horse races—at this music-lover's watering hole. Entertainment comes in the form of consistently excellent live music including a legendary Monday open mic night that's been running for two decades. The beer garden is one of the city's best, with secluded spots for those wanting a quiet tipple and larger tables for groups to drink en masse and alfresco. In 2017 the pub was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame, recognizing its unique commitment to live music culture.

    232 Waymouth St., Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia
  • 9. La Buvette Drinkery

    City Center

    French expats and locals alike gather in this relaxed yet sophisticated Parisian-inspired wine bar on a quiet lane off Hindley Street for snacks and a unique bottle of wine, whether French or South Australian. Owned by a French expat, of course, La Buvette Drinkery is the ideal spot for observing the French ritual of aperitif before dinner: enjoy a local sparkling wine or well-made spritz alongside artisanal terrine to start the evening well.

    27 Gresham St.
    - 0426 - 017--356
  • 10. Maybe Mae

    City Center

    Don’t be embarrassed if you hesitate at the skillfully camouflaged doors to this opulent underground speakeasy; most first-time visitors do. Push through them and you’ll find a fully table-serviced bar serving innovative cocktails with an emphasis on sustainability. 

    15 Peel St., Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • 11. Rhino Room

    City Center

    This is the home of Adelaide comedy, with a rotating lineup of open-mic nights and showcases as well as cabaret performances. Some of Australia's best comedians and high-profile overseas acts have graced the tiny stage, but it’s also a great place to catch emerging talents. During the annual Fringe Festival every available space is turned into a venue as it becomes a bustling comedic hub. Check the website for upcoming performances.

    1/131 Pirie St.
    - 0419 - 824--912
  • 12. The Curious Squire

    City Center

    Here you can taste freshly brewed beer from the local Australian James Squire range, which is brewed on the premises. There is also a short cocktail and wine list. The menu is full of pub snacks and bar food with a good choice of barbecue platters, pizzas, and burgers.

    10 O'Connell St.
    - 08 - 7071–5767

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.
  • 13. The Loft Oyster & Wine Bar

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

    Perched above Gouger Street, The Loft is an eye-catching space that features a beautiful barrel vault ceiling and a stunning mix of dim lighting, heritage fixtures, and modern decor. Oysters come in multiple styles, matched with an international wine list including some hard to find Australian gems. Cocktails here are inspired by recent trends and evoke the feeling of being transported back to the 1920s.

    128 Gouger St., Level 1, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000, Australia

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    Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.
  • 14. Udaberri Pintxos Y Vino

    City Center

    One of the first of Adelaide's growing trend of "small bars," Udaberri is a cozy, intimate setting where some of the city's best wine and beer selection is served alongside delicious Basque-style tapas. The narrow space is reminiscent of a barn, but it's a very chic barn. DJs spin house beats, but the music is never overpowering as interaction and conversation is encouraged. If you're lucky enough to beat the crowds to the loft, you can unwind on the sofas while enjoying the view. In addition to tapas, heartier plates with Mediterranean flair, like straciatella with figs and pistachio, or semi-cured chorizo, are served.

    11–13 Leigh St.
    - 08 - 8410–5733
  • 15. Wellington Hotel

    North Adelaide

    First licensed in 1851, the Wellington is a hop lover's heaven with 16 taps pouring beer and cider from around Australia and the world. Order a "schooner" (small glass) or "pint" (larger glass) of your favorite and take it outside to the seats overlooking a large square surrounded by heritage homes. There's live acoustic music on Sunday afternoon and hearty pub food every day of the week. It's a good place to stop on the way to (or from) the nearby Adelaide Oval and gets crowded when there's a sporting event.

    36 Wellington Sq.
    - 08 - 8267–1322

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