There’s plenty to see and do during the daylight hours, but just wait till the sun goes down. That's when Adelaide comes out to play.
Ghost stories, unique laneway bars, flavours of the world and shopping under the glow of the moon...what more could you want in Adelaide after dark? Pub rock or rooftop cocktails? You got it. Here's our top picks of what to do in Adelaide at night.
1. Climb, Cheers and cheer at adelaide oval
The ghosts of sporting legends are your dinner companions when you take a table at the outstanding Hill Of Grace Restaurant. Occupying level three of the Eastern Stand at Adelaide Oval, you’ll be looking over hallowed turf. And while you’re in the neighbourhood, get along to a night game at one of the finest sports stadiums in Australia. If adventure is more your tippple, then join a night tour of the Commonwealth Bank Adelaide Oval Roof Climb to see the sun set and the city lights from the best vantage point in the city.
2. Go globe-trotting on Gouger St
Tour the world’s cuisine on a single street. Gouger heroes include Star of Siam (Thai), Gaucho’s (Argentine), Ky Chow (Chinese) and Wasai Japanese Kitchen (Japanese, self-explanatory really). Fancy a cocktail? Head to the The-Collins-Bar at the Hilton Adelaide just around the corner.
3. Reclaim the pavement on Rundle St
The eating scene on Rundle St is similar to Gouger St, only it spills onto the street and the tempo is upped by shops, bars, pubs and clubs. Featuring the very best in cutting-edge fashion and leading designer labels, Rundle St is also the city’s hub for events, street parades and parties.
4. Love the little laneways
When the liquor licensing laws changed in 2013, the small bar scene said 'thank you very much' and exploded – mostly in the small bar laneway scene around Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place. Today the precinct is a pocket rocket of inner city personality and boozy goodness. Do Udaberri, Clever Little Tailor and Hains & Co, then grab something to eat at Bread & Bone or the time-honoured Rigoni’s Bistro.
5. Get the big picture at Windy Point Restaurant
It’s a 20-minute cab ride from the city, but the views in this fine diner warrant the effort. The food at Windy Point Restaurant – not to mention panoramic views of the lights of Adelaide – guarantee a sparkling night.
6. Test the atmospherics at the Adelaide Night Market
Held on Sunday nights in summer, the Adelaide Night Market feels like a party after dark. It transforms the city's North Terrace into a garden filled with street food from around the world, gifts, jewellery, live music and much more.
7. Mix the rough with the smooth on Hindley Street
This notorious old strip is going through a reinvention where you can still find the good, the bad and the ugly. Do the oh-so-now at Bank Street Social, or head to the old pharmacy that is The Apothecary 1878; one of the most lovely drinking experiences in town.
8. Give in to the musicFrom the city that brought you Jimmy Barnes, Doc Neeson, Paul Kelly and the Hilltop Hoods comes a thriving pub music scene. Try The Gov, Fowler’s Live, Jive and the Wheatsheaf Hotel for some great local and international live acts.
9. Stroll the twilight sands of Glenelg
Pick a warm night and walk along the Glenelg foreshore. On weekends, the families are out on the lawns beneath palms and pines, watching the sun sink into the Gulf. Kick off your shoes, feel the heat go out of the sands – then head for the lively restaurant and hotel scene on Moseley Square.
10. Meet the ghosts
The old Adelaide Gaol: brutal stories and lively ghosts. Enough said. For those with a ghoulish nature, you can also try the walking tours of West Terrace Cemetery. Try a night one...if you dare.
11. Get high in Adelaide
With its river and parklands at heart, and hills in the distance, Adelaide’s rooftops offer a great vantage point. 2KW has reached for the sky, serving cocktails at 30 metres atop a heritage-listed bank building. Views of the Oval, North Terrace and Cathedral are a knockout.