Date nights are a rarity in our household. Living interstate from friends and family, and having two small children, doesn’t leave much time for my husband and I to go out and have a lovely dinner by ourselves. So, when our family visit, we jump at the opportunity to spend a night in the beautiful city of Adelaide, sans children and parental responsibility (for those few hours, anyway).
I am a lover of fine wine, and my husband loves wine and spirits, so we will often start and end our date night at a wine and cocktail bar. Here are 5 Wine and Cocktail Bars in Adelaide, taste tested by yours truly, that you must visit on your next date night with your partner or bestie.
I have to start the list with my absolute favourite, La Buvette Drinkery. We will be visiting this fantastic French wine bar for every future date night. I have been here twice (six months apart) and my poor husband has had to hear me talk about La Buvette for six whole months before I was able to go back.
What I love about La Buvette is, well, the wine! They have beautiful French wine on the menu (it is a French wine bar), and I always start off date night with a glass of Champagne. Their food is amazing, too. With the likes of pate (my favourite), terrines, French cheeses, and many more, it is the perfect place to order something to nibble on while you sip your wine. Click here to see the menu.
If you are not a fan of wine, La Buvette also have an extensive range of craft beers, and cocktails.
La Buvette Drinkery 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide 5000
(08) 8410 8170
Tuesday- Saturday: 4:30pm – late Friday: 4:00pm – late To view their facebook page, click here
This hidden little gem is a fantastic spot for well-made cocktails. When I say ‘hidden little gem’, I am saying it in the literal sense- it is hidden. I was taking an interstate friend of mine out to show off the Adelaide night life, when we were recommended this place. It did take us a little while to find out how to get in- we did feel a bit foolish at the time for not being able to find a door to the bar, but (spoiler alert), the door just looks like a piece of the wall. It feels very secretive, like I should be knocking on the door in code, or saying the secret password to get in- very ‘prohibition-like’.
Upon (finally) entering, you could feel the relaxed atmosphere of people enjoying each other’s company, and their drinks of choice. The bar tenders are very polite, and give great recommendations for delicious cocktails.
For the people that aren’t crazy about cocktails, there are wine and beer options, as well.
Maybe Mae 15 Peel Street, Adelaide 5000 (in the basement of the tunnel, under Bread & Bone Restaurant)
Open 7 days: 5:00pm (Monday-Saturday)
To view their Facebook page, click here.
Courtesy of The Bibliotecha Bar and Book Exchange Facebook page
Upon walking into this bar, I was amazed at the number of books they had on display- not realising it is a book exchange place as well as a bar- what a great idea. It will be common to see people relaxing on the couches, with a drink in hand and a book on their lap, winding down from a busy day at work.
Their wine menu is quite extensive, considering they specialise in cocktail making, and they also have beer on tap. Their food menu boasts intriguing small eats which would compliment any cocktail, beer, or wine.
Click here to view their cocktail menu.
The Bibliotecha Bar and Book Exchange 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide 5000
Tuesday-Saturday: 5:00pm- 2:00am Sunday: 5:00pm- midnight To view their Facebook page, click here.
This is another hidden gem. Walking downstairs, and into a basement, you will be surprised by the room’s ambiance. It is dimly lit, and the exposed brick wall paper, and leather seated booths give it a ‘whisky bar’ feel.
The cocktail list is very extensive, I should really call it a cocktail book. The cocktails are arranged in sections under their main spirit for easier selection. I would have to say this may be my husbands favourite place to stop for a drink at the end of the night. He has a penchant for Single Malt Whiskeys, and Gin Martinis, and the bar tenders make these drinks to his high standard. Unlike my husband, I am not too fond of cocktails and spirits, but I did find a delicious French Martini on the menu, and they also have a few wines and beers, too.
Therapy Cocktail Bar Basement, 2 Peel Street, Adelaide 5000
Tuesday- Thursday: 5:00pm- Late Friday: 4:00pm- 2:00am Saturday: 5:00pm- 2:00am Sunday: 5:00pm- Late To view their Facebook page, click here.
Lucky last on the list, 2K.W. is the place to be for a good night out. I was there just a week ago, for the first time, and the place was flooded with people, dressed beautifully, having a great time. After making our way to the bar, in The Garden area, to grab a drink, we moved on over to an empty spot on the floor, which was when I noticed the view. The most spectacular view I have seen in Adelaide. As it is a rooftop bar, you can see all of North Adelaide, including the Adelaide Oval, Cathedral, and Casino. I couldn’t help but gawk at the twinkling lights atop North Adelaide.
2K.W. has a great party-vibe once the sun goes down. While I haven’t been there during daylight, it feels like a great place to stop for a drink, and a meal. The view would be just as spectacular during the day, as it is at night.
To view their menu, click here.
If you’re not sure where 2K.W. is located, all you need to do is find Jamie’s Italian, and look directly up, 8 floors up to be precise.
2K.W. 2 King William Street, Adelaide 5000 (corner of King William and North Terrace)
(08) 8212 5511
Monday-Friday: 10:00am- Late Saturday and Sunday: Midday-Late To view their Facebook page, click here.
If you have a favourite wine and cocktail bar in Adelaide, that you stop at every date night, let us know. I can’t wait to hear about them.