This little city in South Australia has a bad rap for being “hipster” but when did hip and trendy start having a negative connotation? Adelaide is a thriving, vibrant and culturally rich city with hip neighborhoods and an even trendier food and drink scene.
For those looking for things to see and do that aren’t on every tourist’s “must see” list check out the West End laneways. The parallel laneways of Peel Street and Leigh Street are part of Adelaide’s emerging culture. Once underwhelming, unappealing and gritty laneways in the CBD are now a hipster magnet. With mixes of architecture from the 1800s and 1970s its the perfect setting for the new wave of cool little bars with global appeal. Here’s our list for the ultimate hipster bar crawl.
Barbushka- 14 Peel St. Love vodka? Then you’ll love Barbushka who prides itself on having the best range of vodkas from around the world. Perfect for gathering with friends around cocktails and conversation or pre-gaming before a night out on the town.
Maybe Mae- 15 Peel St. Hard to find and hard to leave. This basement bar can be found by walking down the clean tiled alleyway underneath restaurant ‘Bread n Bone’. A tiny 1920’s style speakeasy bar with Gatsby vibes and trendy cocktails that make you feel oh so fabulous.
La Moka- 16a Peel St. A traditional Italian style café and wine bar. It stands as more of a cafe, but it’s completely normal to enjoy a wine or Campari mid day.
Chihuahua Bar- 20 Peel St. The closest you can get to Mexico, serving great cocktails and an extensive wine list. Their friendly staff are connoisseurs of unique and diverse range of tequilas and mesquites. This isn’t your average margarita bar.
Kaffana- 23 Peel St. The spot for Serbian food and drink with 27 different varieties of the traditional Serbian plum brandy slivovitz and six types of Serbian beer. Take a trip to Europe without even leaving Peel St.
La Rambla- 28 Peel St. A true Spanish gem serving tapas pintxos and montaditos alongside refreshing cocktails, Spanish wine and sangria. Housed inside a renovated building with high ceilings, exposed brick and polished floors. It’s like taking a trip to old Spain.
And when you’re ready to stumble back to your hotel for a good night’s rest I recommend the InterContinental Adelaide. It’s located on the River Torrens and only a 6 minute walk from Peel St. Sign up for their perks program and quickly rack up points for free stays and dining options.
Adelaide skyline picture courtesy of shutterstock.
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