Six Bars Famous For…


The Dispensary

A secluded world of prize-winning champagne and hospitality at Paola Coro’s meticulously curated 19th-century Parisian salon. The wine list here runs to 24 pages and also features lesser-known champagnes such as Cotes des Blancs house Duval-Leroy, Gosset – the oldest house in the Champagne region – and drops hailing from the historical Drappier. Settle in and let the attentive staff do the rest.

118 Hindley St, city,
Friday-Saturday from 5pm (available for hire Sunday–Thursday, $110/first hour, then $75/hour),
8212 9099,


Mississippi Moon

Nothing puts a fire in the belly like 100 per cent proof moonshine, and this spirit has its very own bar, helmed by owner/barman Michael West. Test your mettle against fiery brews or treat yourself to a tamed version of this bootleg beast, created with love and care by McLaren Vale distiller Settlers. Settlers’ single-malt Moonshine is the first to be made in SA, and marked its arrival with the “Moonhattan” cocktail, featuring sweet vermouth and bitters.

25 Gresham St, city,
Tuesday-Sunday 4.30pm-late,
Facebook: Mississippi Moon

Gin and Rum

Hains & Co

Ahoy there salty seadogs and welcome aboard the good ship Hains & Co, where the gorgeous gins and ravishing rums are sure to catch the eye of a sailor on shore leave. The collection of spirits sits amid a boat-shaped bar – formed in part from timber salvaged from Largs Bay pier; platters are served on a plank. And if you time your visit well you might find a message on one bottle which entails shots at cost price. The Break Even Bottle aka #DrunkenSocialism sees one seriously pricey spirit sold off tot by tot at cost price.

Yo ho ho! 4pm-2am, seven days,
23 Gilbert Plc, city,

South Australian wine

Cantina Sociale

You’ve tasted great South Australian wine from stores and cellar doors, but there’s still one place that boasts barrels of reds so rare they make four-leaf clovers seem a common sight. The McLaren Vale drops are poured straight from cask to glass. Don’t miss the moreish and delish truffle popcorn.

108 Sturt St, city,
open Wednesday-Sunday, 4pm-midnight,

Craft beer

Wheatsheaf Hotel

The Wheaty – located on the fringe of the Adelaide parklands – is Adelaide’s home of craft beer. Tap takeovers, tasting sessions and meet-the-brewer afternoons make this an academy of ale – a place to learn about stout, know your chops about hops, and hear a saga about lager. Or why not order a beer tasting board and let your tastebuds do the talking?

39 George St, Thebarton , 8443 4546,
Monday-Friday 11am-midnight,
Saturday noon–midnight,
Sunday noon–9pm,



Stables, that are some 110 years old, have been reborn as a brand new Orleans-inspired East End bar that serves up more than 70 whiskeys. NOLA (New Orleans, LouisianA) takes you on a nip-and-tot regional tour of the distilleries of Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Japan and, of course, America’s south. Kentucky bourbon also features.

28 Vardon Ave, city,
Tuesday-Thursday noon-late,
Friday-Saturday noon-2am,
Sunday 11am-late,