It’s Adelaide’s East End vs West End in the battle of the best after work drink spots! Filling up with quaint bars, cocktail lounges and watering holes, Adelaide’s bar scene is booming, but where is the best side of town for a tipple? We take a look at the Best of the East End below, next week we take on the West End!
Labelled as the more affluent side of the city, Adelaide’s East End is known for its top designer boutiques, fine dining restaurants and now, swanky bar spots. From laneway wine bars to tucked away cocktail lounges, the East End has it all.
22-22 Vardon Ave
For the vino aficionados, it’s hard to pass up a trip to Mother Vine! Featuring pages and pages of different drops, an amazing share-style menu and a create-your-own cheese/charcuterie board, it offers something to suit everyone’s tastes. Take a seat inside the slick modern space or, on warmer nights sit out on the high tables in Frank’s Laneway.
East End Cellars
25 Vardon Ave
Another favourite in Vardon Avenue is East End Cellars – this venue has it all. Not only can you purchase take home wine from East End Cellars, the tasting room offers cheese and charcuterie boards, delicious sandwiches and you guessed it, tastings! When visiting East End Cellars, learn more about your favourite drops from the experienced, enthusiastic staff before you sit down and soak in the ambience.
28 Vardon Ave
If wine isn’t your preferred drink of choice, then the craft beer and whisky selection at Nola will have you covered. The New Orleans inspired bar features cajun and creole cuisine including tasty po’ boy rolls, spicy fried chicken and jambalaya – but the rotating menu always offers something new to try every visit. Can’t wait for Friday night knock-offs? Nola has live jazz every Thursday!
Hellbound Wine Bar
201 Rundle St
Blink and you’ll miss it! The newest bar down the East End can be hard to spot at first but once you find it, you’ll never leave. Located on Rundle St, Hellbound’s cosy underground Heritage-listed space, features an enviable wine list with very reasonable price points, making the wine bar very popular amongst patrons. Recently, the venue has started dishing up light meals including tasty pastrami sandwiches and almond tarator, so you won’t need to leave for dinner…
205 Rundle St
If you’re looking for unpretentious vibes, live music and classic pub food, the Austral is your go to. One of the landmark pubs of the East End, The Austral always has a buzzing atmosphere and is the perfect place for a drink on any night of the week! With quiz nights on Wednesdays, live music on Fridays and Sundays and DJ’s playing on Saturdays, there is always something happening at this busy venue!
The Howling Owl
10 Vaughan Pl
Lovers of gin, meet The Howling Owl. There’s no other place this side of town that offers gin tasting boards and the largest SA gin list in the area, so if you support local and are always looking to try something new, you can’t pass up a visit here. Specialising in gin, it’s no surprise that The Howling Owl also has a spectacular gin-cocktail menu, including Aperol gin sours and blackberry brambles that feature local Beerenberg Farm blackberry jam.
12 Union St
It’s all about the Manhattan’s, Mai Tai’s and Martini’s at this last venue. If you’re in the mood for a fancy cocktail, Mr Goodbar is your place. Situated just off Ebenezer Place on Union St, you’re in safe hands with the talented mixologists who will create your perfect after-work cocktail. Our pick? Try the fancy Amaretto sour with Plantation OFTD Rum, apricot liqueur, lemon and froth.