Rooftop and cocktail bars in Adelaide

With a population of just under 1.2 million, I was suprised to discover some cool bars in Adelaide. They all seem to be within walking distance and have some cool, different and great views. Here are my top so far….I’ve only been to these but they still would have been my top even if I had been to more.

Rooftop bar

2KW: On the 8th floor of an office block on the corner of King William St and North Terrace, you wouldn’t know it was here unless you saw the ‘2KW’ sign and knew it was a bar. One lift will take you to the sixth floor where you get out, walk around the corner and go up a different lift to the eight floor. Very smart, trendy and modern, you walk straight out onto the terrace, unless you are going to eat in the restaurant to some stunning views of the city and oval including Elder Park, State Library of South Australia, Art Gallery and Government House. Although there is a limited selection of wines by the glass, the beer list and wine bottle list is extensive. Plus I hear their cocktails are pretty good. And I love the brown leather menu here, very smart.

Cocktail bars

Maybe Mae: This is underground, slightly between two streets; Peel and Leigh. Perhaps that’s what makes it intriguing and different for me. I think it has a Prohibition feel to it, from the 20’s. Maybe it’s the circular green booths or the fact that you have to struggle to find it behind a thick wooden door and almost in the basement. They are famous for their cocktails but I had a glass of wine and the beer list looked pretty good.

Clever Little Tailor: This is a great place to people watch, especially from the first floor if you have one of the booths. They make some great cocktails, so tasty. I had a watermelon gin mixture. I can’t quite remember the name!

2nd and 6th: This bar is just opposite Clever Little Tailor and has two storeys. I love the décor and the paintings with spotlights on each one. They have one of Marie Antoinette and other renaissance portraits. It has a touch of old world to it yet with a modern feel. Wonderful cocktails and I hear they have great food too, I’ll have to come back.



Tasty and great value for money Thai food on Selby Street

Lantern by Nu …I loved the food, the drink selection here. Such divine food. So much flavour and all so fresh.  There was so much to choose from. We decided on a mix of 5 different starters which we shared among the 5 of us. This included the 5 spice salt & pepper squid, Thai fish cakes and the crispy chicken winglets. Then for mains I had the dish served in a pineapple, so flavoursome, I could have ordered a second serve! 

We ordered a Cherubino Fiano with our dishes, perfect match!

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