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Adelaide Nightlife

Adelaide is your closet exhibitionist. It may not seem like a wild child from its chilled daytime façade but come dusk, it blossoms. From cosy chocolate cafés and pint-sized cocktail bars to multicultural venues and commercial nightclubs, the city has it all. Classical tunes, retro beats and hard metal can be found competing almost shoulder-to-shoulder in and around the Central Business District.

Every February and March, ingenious pop-up bars spring from the alleyways and rooftops during the Adelaide Fringe Festival, which hosts events and live performances.

Bars in Adelaide


One of the city’s most multicultural venues, this tapas bar and lounge on trend-setting Leigh Street is the hottest spot in town. It features DJs, live samba, soca, flamenco and Turkish belly dancers as well as African drummers. The tropical fish in the tank almost seem to join in with the grooves.

Kick back in their cushioned courtyard and enjoy a cheeky orange margarita on summer evenings, or slip inside the warmly-lit bar and surround yourself with exotic artworks.

Address: , 12 Leigh Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8231 3939.

Fumo Blu Cocktail Lounge

For chic, 1950s décor, cosy booths, funky upholstered chairs, and a lot of blue light, head to this ex-underground cigar lounge in the East End. Order their signature blue-hued lemonade cocktail, Blue Smoke. Or, if you have the confidence to look the bartender straight in the face, order a Laced Nikkers, before mingling with those who have mastered the art of looking cool.

Address: , 270 Rundle Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8232 2533.

The Apothecary 1878

If ever there was a medicinal bar, this is it. Located in the West End inside an elegant Heritage-listed building, this posh establishment houses bottled drinks and old chemist’s relics in restored pharmacy chests. The cosy setting seems like it’s been plucked straight out of a time-warped French village. 

Sip fine award-winning wines (a list of 1,200) and dine on gourmet cuisine in their rustic restaurant, before browsing your way through the glass cabinets containing old tincture bottles and amusing medicinal remedies. The Apothecary 1878 is the intelligent choice for that very special occasion or to ask very important question.


Address: , 118 Hindley Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8212 9099.

Clubs in Adelaide

Black Bull Hotel

Adelaide’s first permanent hotel, this 19th century-era building is the place to go for all kinds of good fun. During the week they serve highly praised burgers and steaks in their pub, and offer deliciously wood-fired pizzas in their huge beer garden out back. On Friday and Saturday nights the mood goes from laid-back to energetic when the hotel’s popular nightclub opens upstairs. If live DJs and great food don’t entice you, know that the drinks are cheap!


Address: , 58 Hindley Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8231 3236

Electric Circus

Situated down an otherwise innocent looking alleyway in Adelaide’s West End, Electric Circus is found behind the doors of Crippen Place, which also hosts the live music venue Rocket Bar upstairs. Expect international and local DJs performing every Friday and Saturday night. If you do need a break from dancing, head up to the top floor, where Rocket Bar operates a rooftop bar and cinema with 360-degree views of Adelaide.

Address: , 17 Crippen Place, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8212 7433.

HQ Complex

If you’ve come out to dance, this mega-club is the best place to go. With five floors pumping with music and fantastic lighting, HQ Complex has the atmosphere to get everyone having a good time. With multiple cocktail bars, the drinks are cheap and well-prepared. Live bands play almost every night of the week.


Address: , 149 Hindley Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 7123 2935

Live music in Adelaide

Grace Emily Hotel

One of Adelaide’s most vibrant live music venues, the Grace Emily Hotel is a pub that bends backwards to accommodate performers from all musical inclinations. A glance at its ever-changing events schedule will reveal indie, blues, folk, acoustic, rock and a cappella shows delivered by successful local and interstate bands.

Despite being away from the nightlife hotspots, and proud of being poker-machine free, the Grace Emily is an institution in Adelaide’s live music scene. It’s also an active venue during Adelaide’s annual arts festivals.

Address: , 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8231 5500.

La Bohème

In this pint-sized, Parisian-style lounge-cum-performance art venue, cocktails and cabaret court each other. Enjoy comedy improvisations, live cabaret shows and jazz quartets that appear regularly on La Bohème's intimate stage, as well as stimulating cultural poetry evenings. Order one of their designer cocktails, or have the bartender whip up a made-to-order blend to allow your inner poet to flow.

Address: , 36 Grote Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8212 8884.

Thebarton Theatre

Better known as "Thebby’s", the Thebarton Theatre is a 2000-capacity venue that promotes a range of shows; from up-and-coming bands breaking onto the circuit to more established artists looking to play a more intimate show in Adelaide. The theatre boasts original decor dating back to the 1920s and hosts a number of concert and comedy performances every week. Check the official website for listings.

Address: , 112 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville, 5031
Telephone: +61 8 8443 5255.

Classical music in Adelaide

Dance in Adelaide

Theatres in Adelaide

Music and Dance in Adelaide

Adelaide Festival Centre

Adelaide’s iconic performing arts venue brags a prime position, being perched alongside the River Torrens, adjacent to Central Station and facing Adelaide Oval. The catalyst for the city’s ever-blossoming festival scene, the Festival Centre includes multiple performance venues, ranging from the intimate to the resplendent. Its versatility sees it host anything from visual art exhibitions to theatre, musicals, opera and comedy. Being one of Australia’s artistic treasures, the Festival Centre is host to major international touring performances.

Address: , King William Street, Adelaide, 5000
Telephone: +61 8 8216 8600.

Culture in Adelaide

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Featured Hotels


Clarion Soho Hotel

There are only 29 rooms at Clarion Soho Hotel, hence the focus on quality over quantity. With modern Manhattan interiors, commodious king-size beds, crisp white linen and Missoni cushions, comfort and style intertwine in the sleeping chambers. Each room also comes with 42-inch LCD TVs, DVD players with free DVD hire, luxury spa products, iPod docks and cable broadband internet. Don’t miss the restaurant with Tom Dixon feature lighting, Kartell chairs and a marble bar imported from Italy.

The Hotel Metropolitan

Doubling as a hotel and a pub, this historic location dates back to 1883, and is conveniently placed opposite the Adelaide Central Market and a short walk from the Adelaide Railway Station. Although the rooms are small, the amenities are numerous: a game room with complimentary snacks, outdoor dining and live entertainment, and an art gallery. The guest list is mature—you must be 16 or older to stay.

Hotel Ibis Adelaide

Located in the Central Business District, the Ibis Hotel boasts 311 fresh and modern rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar with world-class food, and balconies so guests can enjoy the fresh Adelaide air. Wi-Fi, online check-in and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet are complimentary.

Largs Pier Hotel

Luxury suites and motel rooms await at the Largs Pier Hotel. Built in 1882 and still dominating the seafront by Largs Bay Pier, this is the hotel where AC/DC and Jimmy Barnes played before they were famous. Heritage rooms are a sensory mix of lofty ceilings and cutting edge bathrooms, complete with king-size, four-poster beds. One suite also contains a dining room. The hotel is the site of the very first drive-through bottle shop in Australia.

Majestic Minima Hotel

This artsy hotel stands out not only for its green and silver modern-style exterior, but also its unbeatable location in the heart of North Adelaide. Each of Minima Hotel’s 46 rooms was painted by a local Australian artist, giving every room a unique feel and aesthetic. Guests can look at the website and request a specific room or be surprised when they walk through the door. Expect decorations ranging from abstract ocean scenes to neon sculptures to a blown-up aboriginal alphabet.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

At the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, the guest experience is in the name—expect a gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the city to compliment the usual amenities of a modern hotel, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and complimentary breakfast. The location is great for exploring downtown as well.