This is a tourist spot because it is located inside the former Adelaide Railway Station, an imposing heritage building right in the heart of the city. As a casino, expect the usual gambling dens full of table games and poker machines. There are pubs and restaurants that offer entertainment shows.
Dress Code: Neat casual, but this is Australia where casual may include dress shorts!
If you’re in the mood for masses of red velvet, stage theatre and strange characters parading around all night, then this is the place to head. This is very much the Moulin Rouge inspired destination to sip absinth and soak up the surroundings. Red, dark, heavy furnishings encumber the space while dancers dance and entertainers entertain. Fortune Telling, Old World Moulin Rouge dancing, and a whacky guy on roller skates are all part of the charm of Boho. A place to begin your night on the town. The waiters even perform fancy tricks while mixing your favourite poison.
Live-music fans should check out the line-up at 'The Gov' when heading into town. It features some legendary local and international acts. The odd Irish fiddle band sits around in the bar and a back venue hosts folk, jazz, blues, salsa, reggae and dance music.
And don't forget their legendery 'Tigharse Tuesday' shows.
Dress Code: Whatever
The Tap Inn is a very unique blend of pub, restaurant, gaming lounge, pool hall, beer garden and driving range! Yes I said driving range. The Tap Inn is a totally golf themed building with a large in door driving range. There are heaps of rooms in the Tap Inn and you could spend all night just checking the place out.
From the pool room walls covered in golf balls, to the wall covered in flowing taps, to the multi lever beer garden it really is a place you have to experience and once you do you will fall in love with it.
For the girls if you go into the bathroom with the statue of the giant naked man all I can say is lit the leaf! There’s a surprise there that you don't expect!!
Dress Code: I don't believe there is dress code but this may be different if you are planning to eat at the restaurant.
The Cambridge Balcony Bar is located in North Adelaide, 106 O'Connell Street. Know where the Oxford is? Straight across from there.
The Cambridge has an awesome atmosphere, with 4 pool tables, comfy lounges and a 360 degree fireplace giving it a kicked-back vibe. The balcony overlooks O'Connell street, the main shopping and nightlife street in North Adelaide.
With a range of awesome cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, you can be sure to find something to suit your taste.
Open from 5.30pm til late, with happy hour from 5.30 til 7.30.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The Elephant Walk is a very quaint, very funky coffee lounge on Melbourne Street. This place is quite popular, so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a little while to get a table. They have every kind of coffee/tea you can imagine, plus desserts and light meals.
The ambiance inside is not to be missed, with cozy comfy couches set inside little alcoves with bamboo lattice screens between each alcove. They have tables to seat 2 or 4 people, definitely a great setting for an intimate chat with friends or with that special someone!
Their prices are reasonable, especially for the ambiance! I had a Jamaican Coffee and the chocolate pudding ... both were delicious!! :)
You might want to enjoy one of the fantastic restaurants on Melbourne Street for dinner, then go to the Elephant Walk for dessert and coffee. I highly recommend the Himalayan Kitchen restaurant, which is 3-4 doors down from the Elephant Walk for dinner - their Nepalese food is excellent!
Dress Code: No dress code.
The obvious place to be in Adelaide at night is the city centre, places like Hindley Street (a slightly seedy area) and Rundle Street (lots of cafes)... if you just walk around (maybe with a couple of other people - Adelaide is a relatively safe place, but it's still not wise to wander city streets at night alone) for a few minutes down some of these main streets you'll surely find some place you like. Aside from that, Adelaide doesn't have a whole lot of nightlife - try hotels, and the entertainment section of The Advertiser newspaper, to see what's on.
Gougar street in Adelaides centre is a fantastic place to go and eat , drink and be merry. There are so many good quality cafes and restaurants in this road. The Fish Cafe has the best platters to share with a loved one, and a good choice of wines. There are many Thai, Chinese and Asian restaurants as well. Whatever you would like to eat, you will find. It also is a lot more upmarket than the likes of Rundle Street or Hindley Street. A much safer feeling!!!
If you hanker for good Trappist beer from Belgium, then go to this bar/cafe off East Rundle Street. It's hidden away, but it's pretty popular. You can try the excellent Chimay, Leffe and other seductive beers at a price. Belgian beers are becoming popular in Australia. I've seen this type of pub in all the capital cities of Australia. Methinks, they'll be overtaking the Irish pubs soon.
Dress Code: Neat casual
Genre: world /folk /indie /alt.rock /Jazz /Blues.
Huge band room often showcasing international acts, also has balcony bar and front bar for smaller acts.
Has won many awards for it's commitment to live music scene.
Rumoured to do great wood oven Pizzas, beer on tap.
Cover charge varies for band room and sometimes good idea to pre-purchase tickets to more popular acts.
Dress Code: Casual
Genre: pop.rock/ Alt.rock/ punk/ swamp/ electronic/ goth/Metal/ indie.
If you are into the rock scene this is the place to go for decent sound and an increasing variety of bands (some good, some not so good).
Generally Adelaide bands here, some interstate
. Often free entry to the bandroom, beer on tap. As much pub as band venue Decent sound
Dress Code: Casual
Music is generally of the quieter indie/ lowfi/ alt country/ alt.pop.rock variety.
Great counter meals before 8pm, coopers beer on tap.
This used to be a much better venue before it was remodelled to accomadate more patrons, now the sound often bleeds through from the front bar and there is no stage. Decent PA, always free entry, closes just after midnight.
Tries to show commitment to music scene but has a strong pub regulars feel.
The Grace Emily: Generally of the quieter indie/ lowfi/ alt country/ alt.pop.rock variety. Normally no cover charge and Coopers beer on tap. Local, interstate and overseas bands play here every night of the week, and is always crowded, friendly and open late.. Dedicated to live music, also has a nice front bar.
Dress Code: casual
The Jade Monkey is a venue with a maximum capacity of 90, and has cosy feeling best likened to relaxing in your own loungeroom.
Zac and Naomi, the owners and bartenders are always friendly and welcoming. Zac, being a longtime member of the Adelaide music scene, established the venue to showcase original independant music. The Jade Monkey has established itself amongst the Australian indie music crowd as THE place to play in Adelaide.
If you are interested in seeing interesting local and Australia live music this is the place to go.
Another great thing about this venue is that it's smoke free. Smokers are welcome in the beer garden at the rear.
Dress Code: Not overly dressy.
A visit to the Treasury bar is a perfect way to end a busy, hectic week in Adelaide. Its clientele are strictly white collar - it is a haunt of goverment, legal and finance types but the smashing cocktails outside on a balmy evening is just paradise. There are plenty of tables outside or if it is coolish there are a few spots around the bar indoors.
The staff are a little aloof - but who can blame them as this place is just so busy on a Friday evening!
The accomodation at the Medina Treasury is also world-class. The building, funnily enough, was the old South Australian Treasury and has been lovingly restored to its former grandeur and then some.
Dress Code: No sneakers
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