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Published July 31st 2012
A night on the town for only $50
These days it can be a struggle to have much money left over for social occasions with car registration, rent, electricity, fuel etc. being so expensive. Many have tried to cut back on having a fun night out with friends, but the thing is social behaviour is one of the few things that can not only keep us sane, but keep a smile on our face. No matter how tough times are, putting away a small amount of cash to treat yourself is a necessity.
Some of you may believe that you need a big budget to have a good time. Well, I am here to tell you otherwise. I went out for a full night of fun activities, for under $50. Want to know how you can do it as well? Keep on reading.
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First, let's dress up nicely. Everyone, I'm sure, has some nice attire sitting in their drawers somewhere. Throw on your best outfit and then follow step 2 - rallying the troops.
Gather an army of your finest friends and arrange a place to meet. Now with you and your army looking the part, and $50 in hand, let's go have some fun in Adelaide. More specifically, the Western suburbs.
Now You're Ready. Photographer: Ben Watts - GQ April 2009.
First we headed over to The Charminar which is situated on the corner of Henley Beach Road and Seaview Road. The Charminar has some of the best Indian cuisine in the area. Having only opened within the last few months the place is freshly renovated and looks beautiful inside. The walls are decorated with some very fine painted art work, setting the atmosphere nicely. Not only that, but the bathroom and entire restaurant are immaculate. The staff are very friendly and willing to go out of their way to accommodate those who do not book ahead of time and make sure they have the best experience possible.
Now for the food; some butter chicken with cheesy naan bread, anyone? Yes, please! The food was splendid, the chicken was so succulent and the flavours exquisite. Also being able to buy a decent meal with a side dish, as well as a cold beer, for only $35 went down a treat. Needless to say we all left happy and much heavier then we were going in. Leaving there, with some money left over, we decided to grab some dessert down at Henley Square.
Pretty Much Amazing. Image courtesy of Royal Copenhagen Ice Cream Cone Company.
Copenhagen's ice cream store is open late most nights down in Henley Square, offering indoor seating in their dining area. There is also a toasty warm fireplace, which helps to stop the winter chills without ruining your tasty ice cream treats. They also offer a large selection of hot beverages such as latte, hot chocolate and chai. With the great range of ice cream flavours such as Nutella and cookies 'n' cream this was a tasty way to end our bountiful food section of the night. A 3 scoop ice cream waffle basket dipped in hot melted chocolate with complimentary chocolate buttons and cream, finished off with hot fudge and sprinkles, along with a coffee will only cost you $10.
Now that we are stuffed to the brim, what else could we do on the cheap? A walk, along Henley Beach jetty.
Our group went for a stroll, only a minutes' walk away from our dessert location. The beautiful serenade of the waves and the gorgeous view of the lights all along the coast of Adelaide were amazing. Sure in winter it may be a little on the cold side, but surrounded by amazing people and having bellies about to burst it is the perfect way to end the night. After hanging with some fisherman at the end of the jetty and watching the boats in the distance, we departed ways all grinning from ear to ear after the overwhelmingly fun experience we all encountered together.
After collapsing on my comfy bed, exhausted but satisfied, I decided to check my wallet and see how the challenge had affected my $50 budget. To my utmost amazement, I still had over $5 left. After such a fun evening lasting almost 6 hours, I had only spent $45 and still had some spare change.