Adelaide has so much to offer in the day that you could be forgiven for wanting to hibernate at night. But don’t! Adelaide’s nightlife, markets and activities have something for everyone. Families, couples, and singles are well catered for.
When choosing where to live, study or holiday, how interesting a city is at night can be a deal-breaker for some people. Take a look at some of our suggestions and we’re sure you’ll see that Adelaide nightlife could be a deal-maker!
If something’s happening, you’ll find it on Gouger Street in the heart of the City. Known as one of Adelaide’s foremost foodie hubs, it’s lined with more expensive international cafes and restaurants. When the hunger pangs bite, check in with your tastebuds about what you feel like eating and you’ll likely find it there.
Perhaps you have a craving for French or Italian, or feeling a bit more adventurous. Try Argentinian cuisine or go Asian and seek out the Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian establishments. In fact, Gouger Street is adjacent to Chinatown so you’re sure to find plenty of tasty dishes there.
The views just don’t get any better than this and it’s only a 15-minute drive from the City! Take a seat in the restaurant where the windows go right to the ceiling for unobstructed 180-degree views of Adelaide, through to the Hills. Now the café is open to 6pm (4pm on Sundays) but for a night-time activity, book a table at the restaurant which serves outstanding cuisine.
Local produce is the order of the day and the extensive wine list will satisfy any connoisseur. Feast on French-inspired dishes like Chateaubriand of Beef and Lenswood Coq au Vin, or experience Kangaroo Saddle or Egyptian Egg. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take a moment – or three – and drink in the shimmering views.
Adelaide’s beaches are magnificent during the day and just as exquisite as the sun goes down. Time your visit so you can watch the sun dip below the horizon then pop open a bottle of champagne and dig your toes into the cool sand whilst saluting the perfect day.
There are plenty of restaurants in the beaches districts so plan for an al fresco evening meal. Take a walk and listen for live bands then sit a while and let the music wash over you.
When you visit Adelaide in the warmer months of December to March, the Adelaide night markets are a must! The air is as warm as the hospitality and the atmosphere buzzes with fun, energy and laughter. There’s plenty to eat so bring your appetite along as you’ll have your pick of local foods. The outdoor bar is just the spot to throw back a couple of cold beverages. And bring deep, empty bags so you can buy Christmas presents or gifts to take home for yourself or others.
Live music is one of the attractions of the night markets. It could be a band, a duet, a cool DJ or any number of talented buskers.
At the award-winning Ebenezer Night Markets at Ebenezer Place, you can eat your fill of handmade dumplings, homemade Greek baklava, sumptuous Turkish Delight, burgers hot off the barbie, cheeses, charcuterie and crazy filled donuts. Shop for handmade candles, fashion accessories, jewellery, clothing, homewares, retro records and original pottery and toys.
Over at the Adelaide Night Markets in Prince Henry Garden, North Terrace, you’ll find just as much variety of the food and beverage kind as well as brilliant entertainment, incredible goods and a lively atmosphere. These markets are held once a month during daylight savings months (October to March), usually the last Sunday of the month.
Have you ever wanted to go on an African safari and listen to the call of the wild animals in the night? Could be a bit scary, but not at Adelaide Zoo! Their Wild Night sleepovers include two-person tent accommodation with comfy camping mattresses. You’ll tuck in to a gourmet barbecue dinner with dessert before taking a guided walk through the zoo grounds. In the morning, you’ll wake up to a light continental breakfast.
After breakfast, how about a Panda and Friends experience? Meet the pandas and take all the photos you want. Wild Nights are for participants aged 6 or older. It’s a lovely family event that will create memories you’ll all adore.
Less of a family outing, wine tasting is a popular thing to do in Adelaide which is a drive away from the world-famous Barossa Valley. The National Wine Centre of Australia is where you’ll find the nation’s largest tasting room experience, with more than 120 different local wines to choose from, all on tap! Wined Bar is open until late on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Just 15 kilometres north-east of Adelaide’s CBD, The Heights Observatory offers public viewing nights on a monthly basis. You don’t have to book; just check the website and turn up at 8pm (or 8.30pm during daylight savings). Take turns looking through the impressive Schmidt Cassegrain telescope or have a go at one of the other amazing pieces of equipment.
Peer out at the beautiful night sky and see if you can identify the different constellations. Make a wish on a falling star, imagine what it felt like to be the first man on the moon and let your mind wander for a little while.
If it’s wine you’re looking for, drop by Apothecary 1878 in Hindley Street. Its old-worldy pharmacy cabinets are magnificently complemented by sparkling chandeliers and Victorian furniture. You’ll be ensconced in the Parisian décor and dazzled by the wine list which features no fewer than 1,200 wines! If your particular ‘poison’ is vodka, gin or rum, you’ll be very pleased with the selections on offer.
Caprezza Espresso Bar at 36B James Place is a cool little café by day but come Friday evening, it becomes a very chic Italian bar. Expect to be waited on by staff in crisp white jackets in an atmosphere reminiscent of the old Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck movie, Roman Holiday. Sip on a Prosecco cocktail or let a smooth espresso martini glide past your lips.
On any given night of the week in Adelaide, you can find a live music gig. Try The Lion Hotel, the Duke of York or the Hotel Metro, just three pubs of many that host acoustic performers and live bands. Otherwise, look up Jack Ruby, Jive and Casablabla, some of the live music stalwarts of the city. For a comprehensive list of current live music events in Adelaide, visit the Local Gig Guide.