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.
From drinking in Adelaide's booming bar scene to pulling up a seat at Australia's best restaurant or braving a hair-raising ghost tour, Adelaide comes to life at night. Turn off your morning alarm, here's our top picks of what to do in Adelaide at night.
1. PULL UP A SEAT AT ADELAIDE'S BUZZING BAR SCENE
With small speak-easy style bars tucked under the streets, swanky watering holes perched above the city skyline, laneways packed with cocktail lounges and quirky bars hidden behind unassuming walls, Adelaide's bar scene is booming. Sip your way around the laneways of Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place or drink in the boozy goodness of Adelaide's east end. Our top spots for a tipple or two include Hains & Co, Maybe Mae, Udaberri, BRKLYN or NOLA. For more bar inspiration, check out our guide to the best hidden bars in Adelaide. Cheers!
2.TASTE TEST YOUR WAY AROUND ADELAIDE'S BEST RESTAURANTS
Pack your appetite and go on a gastronomic safari through Adelaide’s impressive restaurant offering. For the ultimate foodie experience, pull up a seat at Restaurant Orana - Australia’s best restaurant (it’s official) - for an unforgettable 22-course feast featuring native Australian ingredients. Snag a spot at chic North African-inspired diner Africola, tuck into a smorgasbord of Japanese cuisines at Shobosho or grab a slice of authentic pizza at laid-back pizza lounge Sunny’s Pizza. And that’s just the entrée in South Australia; incredible restaurants beckon hungry revellers all over the city. Dinner is served so loosen your belt buckle and check out our guide to the best restaurants in Adelaide.
3. NIGHT TOURS
From ghoulish ghost tours to impress even the most stubborn sceptics to climbing a local icon, explore Adelaide after dark with our picks of the best night tours in Adelaide. If spine-tingling ghost stories are your idea of a good night out, then Adelaide’s ghost tours are sure to satisfy your spooky inclinations. Haunted hotspots to brave include the old Adelaide Gaol, former Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Z Ward Asylum so jump on a tour with Adelaide Haunted Horizon’s, if you dare. For a heart racing tour sans the ghosts, reach new heights on the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb at night. Snag the bests seats in the house and see the sun set from the best vantage point in Adelaide. Check out other Adelaide tours here.
4. KICK BACK AT THE BEACH
Warm, balmy nights in Adelaide are best spent beach-side, a cocktail in hand. Jump on a tram just 20 minutes to Adelaide’s favourite city beach, Glenelg. Walk along the foreshore and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants dotting Jetty Road before kicking your shoes off and pulling up a seat at the bar without even taking your toes out the sand. Grab a cocktail at Australia’s only official bar on the beach, Moseley Beach Club, and drink in the summer party vibes surrounded by white sand and lapping waves. Casual dining is available as well as a bar, with live music and DJs providing the perfect summer soundtrack well in to the night. For more cocktails by the beach, check out our guide to the best beach bars.
5. SOAK IN A SUNSET SPECTACULAR
South Australian skies put on a show come sundown when collages of blazing red, yellow and orange paint the sky in a sunset spectacular not to be missed. With so many incredible west-facing beaches, you’ll have front row seats on the sand to a fiery show-stopper as the sun slips behind the ocean. Jump on the tram to Glenelg’s Moseley Square, visit Brighton Beach for a post-work beach stroll or mosey down to Henley for dinner, drinks and incomparable sunset views. Other city beach sunset hot spots include Semaphore, Port Noarlunga and Grange. For sunset views over the city and hills, head just minutes from the city to Mount Osmond – the perfect spot for a picnic with a view. For more sunset inspiration, check out our guide to the best spots to watch the sun go down around South Australia.
6. Adelaide Central Market and China Town
Hungry? The eateries throughout Adelaide Central Market and Chinatown offer an gastronomic gateway to Asia. Tucked in the buzzing south-east end of the city, take your taste buds on tour around this foodie's paradise with a seemingly endless list of authentic cuisines on offer, from Chinese, to Thai, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian and everything in between. Stroll down food-laden Gouger and Grote Street and take your pick of restaurants, food courts, cafes, wine bars and pubs. More diverse eateries await in the heart of Adelaide's China Town, the famous Central Markets. After dinner, wander down streets dotted red lanterns, pagoda-style roofs and a maze of oriental-style shops, and grab a snap at the impressive entrance gates.
Linger longer in Adelaide
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