When I was a young thing living in Adelaide the bar scene was pretty standard. Lots of loud nightclubs where you would wait for half an hour to get served and a few cocktail bars that were completely out of my price range. In the years since we moved away Adelaide has slowly undergone a transformation - cute, quirky bars have started popping up all over the place.
So when Mike and I decided to celebrate our anniversary when we were visiting Adelaide over Christmas of course we decided to spend the evening in the city and see for ourselves all these amazing bars people had told us so much about.
I'm shining the spotlight on some of my favourites today but in general if you head down Peel Street, Leigh Street, Bank Street or Gresham Street (and they are all within walking distance of each other) you are bound to find one (or many) new favourites.
As a confirmed Francophile if I lived in Adelaide this bar is where you would find me most evenings after work. La Buvette is modelled after a traditional French bar serving apertifs, French inspired snacks and lots of incredible wine.
The staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about what they sell - they even offered to let me try the wine I wanted to purchase to ensure I liked it - and the decor is beautiful; from the bright blue entrance to the empty wine bottles lining the walls. All this added up to a very relaxing atmosphere and a great start to our evening.
As you would expect from the name Mississippi Moon is a Southern style bar with a tagline of “Moonshine, bourbon and sin”. It comes with an impressive cocktail list - I personally tried the Huckleberry Gin and think it is the perfect summer cocktail - as well as three beers on tap (not your normal fare either) and many bottled beers.
As with La Buvette the service was top notch - they brought our drinks to the table and offered us fresh peanuts to nibble on as we sipped. The bar has lots of different seating options from little cafe style tables to some stools looking out the front window as well as lots of room for standing and mingling.
P.S. I love this photo with a cameo by my husband (they're discussing which beer he should order - another place that's happy to let you taste before you purchase)
Now we visited this particular bar towards the end of the night so my memories are a bit blurry however even in my slightly wine addled state I couldn’t help but be charmed by the walls of books (which I immediately started poking through). I love the idea of coming here on a cold winter’s night, curling up with a glass of wine and a book I’d pulled off the shelf.
I wish I could give an accurate review of the drinks and staff however due to the above mentioned wine addled state all I can say with certainty is the staff were friendly, funny and knowledgeable and they make a lovely gin and tonic. What a shame - I guess this means I have to go back to give a better review.
Now I can’t say this definitively but I am pretty confident in saying that Clever Little Tailor was the little bar that started it all when it opened in 2013 - paving the way for all the bars that have come since. These days it has an international reputation and is packed out almost every night - definitely come early or be prepared to move the second some chairs or bar space becomes available.
They do incredible cocktails and will happily mix something up for you if you ask but you can also buy wine by the bottle - which is pretty perfect when you have a group of people all keen for a drink (as well as meaning less trips back to the bar).
P.S. Apologies for the lack of photo - Clever Little Tailor has the combination of incredibly busy and lots of low lighting that makes photographing it super difficult (especially after a few wines)