Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 3 - page 20

nyone who still calls Adelaide ‘the city
of churches’ clearly hasn’t been there
recently. First of all, you won’t find any
more churches there than in any other city its size
(and that’s not how it got the moniker anyway)
but it has got one of the fastest growing small bar
scenes of any capital city. And that’s just the start
of development happening in Adelaide that has
earned it a spot on Lonely Planet’s list of top 10
cities to visit in 2014. In fact, Adelaide is the only
Australian city to make the list.
Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher says the $535
million facelift of Adelaide Oval was a major
factor in adding Adelaide to the list. “The
redevelopment there is changing the face of the
CBD and it will change the way people interact
with the city.” But the oval wasn’t the only
factor. “Adelaide is transforming. The parklets
throughout the city are a good example of
innovation,” he says.
South Australian Tourism Commission chief
executive Rodney Harrex says Adelaide is a
surprise waiting to be discovered. “Our city is full
Changes to licensing rules have opened the door to a vibrant and
fast-growing small bar scene in the city
Bar hopping in Adelaide
of young, passionate people who are pushing
the boundaries and daring to be different which
is starting to show in things like our bars and
niche events. We’re so much more than just the
food and wine capital of Australia and a far cry
from our ‘city of churches’ reputation,” he says.
When new liquor licensing rules came into
effect in South Australia last year it opened the
door to a host of new small bars in the city and
industry insiders believe there are dozens more
preparing to launch this year. It’s news that’s
reached media on the other side of the world,
New York
magazine heaped praise on the city
for having the eclectic cuisine, idyllic beaches,
wineries and better nature excursions with a
fraction of the tourists and a whole lot cheaper
than its eastern cousin Sydney.
Here are some of the hot spots in Adelaide to
visit after dark.
Mylk Bar
Okay it’s open in the daytime as well but it really
gets its groove on at night as a tapas and pizza bar
that offers soulful food served up on old platters
and wooden boards, and some drinks served in
old milk bottles, accompanied by cool live jazz.
Regulars on the playlist include singer songwriter
William Parton (as smooth as Michael Bublé),
pianist Ben Bai, Greg Wain, the Laura Van Berg
Quartet, Bella Melodia and there’s a DJ Friday
and Saturday nights. Indoor and outdoor dining.
57 Flinders Street, Adelaide. Open Monday to
Friday 8am-late; Saturday 5pm-2am.
Chihuahua Bar
Hot from the success of his award-winning
pop-up bar Arcade Lane at Adelaide Fringe
Festival Ross Stanley has packed his passion for
South American art, food and mezcal (a spirit
for savouring not skulling) into a hip and hot
two-level space. Stanley hand-picked most of
the artefacs decorating the space from his travels
to Mexico. The mezcal menu is the largest in
the state but the snack menu is short and sharp
The Curious Squire
Jack Ruby
Mylk Bar
Best views at Windy Point
A trip to Adelaide isn’t complete without a visit to South Australia’s restaurant of the
year where spectacular views to the city and beyond are the perfect accompaniment
to the fine dining under the stewardship of executive chef Justin Miles. Windy Point
Restaurant (
is just 15 minutes from the CBD up the Belair Road and there’s a less
formal café open to soak up the daytime views on Sunday from 9am-4pm, otherwise
open only for dinner. Restaurant open Monday to Saturday and Café open Tuesday
to Saturday from 6pm. See
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