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Restaurants and bars in Adelaide

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Continuing my theme of adding a few threads to the forum about the city, I thought it was worthwhile providing some information about places to eat and drink. There have been a glut of new bars and restaurants opening across the city since the State Government introduced a new category of liquor licence for venues with a capacity of under 120 people back in 2013 - there are now in the region of 120 new venues operating across the CBD that did not exist in 2012. This number has been increasing by around 20 each year since the change and has had a dramatic effect on the vibrancy and activation within previously quiet parts of the city -  especially some laneways such as Peel Street and Leigh Street:

 

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Peel Street

 

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Leigh Street

 

I thought it was worth mentioning this fact as many of the less than positive posts about Adelaide on this forum seem to have been made by people who have not lived here in the last few years. I have been a resident of Adelaide since 2012 and the atmosphere around the place has genuinely changed immeasurably since then (although I am assured by my wife that the fact this uplift occurred directly after my arrival is a mere coincidence).

Whilst it's probably difficult to provide commentary of venues which have already opened, I will try to keep the thread updated with details of new announcements - it may help to provide prospective migrants with an idea of what nightlight and entertainment options exist in the city. 

The latest announcement is for the re-opening of the former dining hall at Adelaide Railway Station (which has been closed off and used for storage for over a decade) as a bar/restaurant called the Guardsman. The bar will front onto the station concourse and looks like it will be a great addition to the already grand building:

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According to the press release: "The Guardsman will feature a grand central bar, open kitchen, multiple dining and seating zones, a private room and shopfront serving coffee and takeaway items opening onto the Railway concourse. It includes full restoration of the Hall’s heritage features".

It will certainly make it a lot easier for me to grab a beer on the way to home from work...

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Sounds pretty good. How did you come to choose Adelaide to live in? I didn't plan to live in Sydney as Perth was my first choice. I couldn't get a job there, nor Adelaide, so Sydney was supposed to be the last stop before heading back to the UK.

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I came over on a partner visa - I met my Aussie wife back in the UK and as she was from Adelaide we ended up here.

Our original plan was to head to Melbourne as we were in our late 20s/early 30s back then and didn't think Adelaide had much to offer. One of the reasons we ended up staying was the increasing amount of vibrancy and entertainment options in the city - it was a lot more fun than we expected so we didn't feel the need to move interstate.

These days we've got a toddler so regular trips to bars and restaurants seem like a distant memory. Now we appreciate Adelaide for different reasons - the weather, ease of getting around, short commutes, house prices, parklands etc. I can't image bringing up a toddler in central Melbourne...

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The fantastic Pizzateca of McLaren Vale fame has now opened a pizzeria in the CBD, on Gilbert Street - Madre. Looks great😛

Apparently the style is a super-traditional take on Neapolitan pizza, using seawater and sourdough rather than fresh yeast which results in a lighter, easier to digest end product.

If they're anything as good as their existing offering at McLaren Vale then I'll be happy!

More info: 

https://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/plate-and-cup/madre-pizzeria-pizzateca-adelaide-cbd/

https://citymag.indaily.com.au/habits/madre-gilbert-street-pizzateca-adelaide/

https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/food-and-drink/article/now-open-madre-arrives-cbd-serving-neapolitan-pizza-made-seawater

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309 visa granted and moved to Adelaide from Brighton UK in 2012. 100 visa and PR granted 2013. Became a citizen on Australia Day 2017. 

 

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14 hours ago, llessur said:

I came over on a partner visa - I met my Aussie wife back in the UK and as she was from Adelaide we ended up here.

Our original plan was to head to Melbourne as we were in our late 20s/early 30s back then and didn't think Adelaide had much to offer. One of the reasons we ended up staying was the increasing amount of vibrancy and entertainment options in the city - it was a lot more fun than we expected so we didn't feel the need to move interstate.

These days we've got a toddler so regular trips to bars and restaurants seem like a distant memory. Now we appreciate Adelaide for different reasons - the weather, ease of getting around, short commutes, house prices, parklands etc. I can't image bringing up a toddler in central Melbourne...

This is all really positive to hear. We are just waiting on our visas and will be heading to SA (with a toddler in tow) after never visiting anywhere other than WA so it’s brilliant reading all the information you share on here. 👍🏻 Thank you 😊 

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14 hours ago, llessur said:

I came over on a partner visa - I met my Aussie wife back in the UK and as she was from Adelaide we ended up here.

Our original plan was to head to Melbourne as we were in our late 20s/early 30s back then and didn't think Adelaide had much to offer. One of the reasons we ended up staying was the increasing amount of vibrancy and entertainment options in the city - it was a lot more fun than we expected so we didn't feel the need to move interstate.

These days we've got a toddler so regular trips to bars and restaurants seem like a distant memory. Now we appreciate Adelaide for different reasons - the weather, ease of getting around, short commutes, house prices, parklands etc. I can't image bringing up a toddler in central Melbourne...

I don't know central Melbourne but I live almost in central Sydney and there are a surprising number of young families - must admit "RICH" young families, probably, who trade the big gardens of the suburbs for being able to walk everywhere.

If you have to commute long distances though, horrible in Sydney!

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Oh I don't doubt it can be done (especially if you've got money) - most of our friends back in the UK have now had kids and are bringing them up in inner city areas, I can see there would be many benefits. However, we're now living in a city fringe suburb in Adelaide so we get all of the benefits of city life (we're about as close as you can get before you hit the parklands - 5 mins on the train) but we still have the all space and amenity of suburban living. If we were living in Melbourne as originally planned we'd either be paying through the nose renting a tiny city apartment where we'd be tripping over each other all day, or we'd have moved 40km out of the city to be able to buy a place - in which case we wouldn't really be living in Melbourne.

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309 visa granted and moved to Adelaide from Brighton UK in 2012. 100 visa and PR granted 2013. Became a citizen on Australia Day 2017. 

 

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7 hours ago, JRC said:

This is all really positive to hear. We are just waiting on our visas and will be heading to SA (with a toddler in tow) after never visiting anywhere other than WA so it’s brilliant reading all the information you share on here. 👍🏻 Thank you 😊 

No worries at all 🙂 Adelaide tends to get a bit of a bad rap on here but a lot of the negativity seems to come from people who haven't been here recently.

The city has genuinely changed immeasurably in the last 6 or 7 years - it feels like it is finding its feet and embracing the mid-sized, lower populated city that it is (and all of the benefits that come with that) as opposed to living in the shadow of the larger cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

I also thought it's worth adding some comments and threads about the city itself as a lot of the discussions I have read relate to moving to the southern suburbs, well away from the city. Whilst I can fully understand why people would want to live in these beautiful areas, with SA being so city-centric (i.e. a lot of the employment, shopping, bars, restaurants, events etc are located in the city) I also think it's well worth pointing out the benefits of living closer to the city - shorter commutes, easy access to city attractions like footy, cricket, theatre, festivals, wining & dining etc. At the end of the day a commute is a commute - 40 minutes on public transport or driving in peak hour traffic here is no more fun than it is in the UK...

Best of luck with your move - it will be a great life for your little one. I miss the UK in many ways but now we've had a daughter I couldn't imagine choosing to bring her up in the UK as opposed to here. The weather, the sports, the open space, the general optimism - it all seems a little bit more wholesome 🙂

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Opened a few months ago now but I thought it was worth a mention:

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Sparkke At The Whitmore BrewPub and Rooftop Bar

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A pub headed by women is a distinction worth noting. The hospitality and alcohol industries have historically been dominated by men. It’s a key reason Sparkke made such an impact when it launched its line of socially conscious beers in 2016. (The tinnies are emblazoned with slogans such as “Consent Can’t Come After You Do”, “Change the Date” and “Boundless Plains to Share”.)

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You can get Sparkke’s beers on tap at its 850-square-metre, 636-person-capacity behemoth venue in the 180-year-old Whitmore Hotel on Morphett Street. The fit-out is softened-up industrial, but sits comfortably with the pub’s early history. An original Georgian frontage is preserved behind floor-to-ceiling glass. In the restaurant, painstakingly preserved brickwork runs into blush-pink archways. Up on the rooftop, there are city views on one side and the perfect vantage point into the treetops of Whitmore Square on the other.

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In the thick of it all is head brewer Agi Gajic’s lab. The nano-brewery yields around 50,000 litres of limited-release, keg-only beer yearly. You'll find the beer shaken up in a few of the cocktails: ginger beer in the Dark & Stormy, strawberry-balsamic blonde ale in the Sour, and the “Say I Do” fizzing up the spritzes.

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Head chef Emma McCaskill has serious pedigree; she previously fronted The Pot and Magill Estate Restaurant. At Sparkke, she's traded fine dining for approachable pub-grub that draws on her Indian heritage. Start with her famous paratha (a layered, roti-style flat bread) or pork and ginger dumplings in chicken broth before moving onto a curried lentil and beetroot salad, chicken schnitzel burger with curry-leaf mayo, or Angus beef rump cap with sweet and sour tomatoes.

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There’s also a bottle shop stocked with growlers and squealers to take away, plus a small florist curated by Evie Harrison.

From: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/adelaide/cbd/bars/sparkke-whitmore

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309 visa granted and moved to Adelaide from Brighton UK in 2012. 100 visa and PR granted 2013. Became a citizen on Australia Day 2017. 

 

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